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Airline Tickets, Booking Class & Abbreviation

Airline Ticketing Abbreviation, Flight Booking Classes, Boarding Pass Abbreviation and Airline Codes

While different airlines may include different information on a ticket, most include the same general information. This information is often universal among airlines, which makes it easy to understand the wording, abbreviation and codes on a ticket or boarding pass.

Booking Class

The following codes are used on airline tickets to identify the class of service and the associated fare structure:

First Determine your ticket class. The class determines if the passenger is sitting in first, business or economy class. Many times A and F are first class, C, D, J are business class. Most other letters mean economy class.

First ClassExamples: A, F
Business Class Examples: C, D, J
Economy Class Examples: H, K, L, M, O, N, S, V, Q & others

Detailed Booking Class

  • A - First Class Discounted
  • B - Coach Economy Discounted
  • C - Business Class
  • D - Business Class Discounted
  • F - First Class
  • H - Coach Economy Discounted
  • J - Business Class Premium
  • K - Thrift
  • L - Thrift Discounted
  • M - Coach Economy Discounted
  • P - First Class Premium
  • Q - Coach Economy
  • R - Supersonic
  • S - Standard Class
  • T - Coach Economy Discounted
  • V - Thrift Discounted
  • W - Coach Economy Premium
  • Y - Coach Economy

Group Number [Boarding process]

Take a look at the boarding group number that's listed on your boarding pass, and listen for announcements from your gate agents.

The group number is also printed in a large font, telling passengers which group they will board with.

Pre-boarding is available to these customers

  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Customers with disabilities
  • Uniformed members of the U.S. military
  • Families traveling with children age two and younger

Gate agents will announce one group one at a time, starting with first and business-class passengers and then loading from the back of the plane to the front of the plane. Some airlines who do not have assigned seating will board based on class.

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Double Digit Airline Abbreviation

These codes, which appear in front of the flight number on the ticket, identify the airline:

  • AA - American Airlines
  • AC - Air Canada
  • AF - Air France
  • AI - Air India
  • AB - Alaska Air
  • AZ - Alltalle
  • A3 - Amtrak
  • BA - British Airways
  • CO - Continental Airlines
  • CP - Canadian Pacific Airlines
  • DL - Delta Air Lines
  • ET - Ethopian Airlines
  • HP - American West
  • JL - Japan Air Lines
  • KL - KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines
  • LH - Lutheran German Airlines
  • LY - El Al Israel Airlines
  • ME - Middle East Airlines
  • MG - MGM Grand
  • NW - Northwest Airlines
  • OA - Olympic Airways
  • PK - Pakistan International
  • PR - Philippine Airlines
  • QF - Quantas
  • SA - South African Airways
  • SK - Scandinavian Airlines
  • SN - Sabena
  • SR - Swissair
  • TB - Trump Shuttle
  • TW - Trans World Airlines
  • UA - United Air Lines
  • US - US Air
  • WN - Southwest Airlines
  • YX - Midwest Express
  • ZV - Air Midwest

Ticketing Abbreviation

Ticketing Abbreviation Meaning / Explanation
Non-refun or Non-refundable No refund value
Non-rerte or Non-reroutable No changing of destinations
Non-endor or Non-endorsable No changing of airlines/carriers
Stopover Break journey in that country
Transit Stopover and change plane
Inbound Return Sector
Outbound Outgoing Sector
Ex-SIN Departure from Singapore
No Show Passenger no show on departure date
Pax Passenger
Child Fare Age range from 2 to 11 years old
SATA ticket Students (ISIC) under 35 years old and Youth (IYTC) under 26 years old
ISIC Card International identity Student Card
FOP Form of Payment
TCP Traveling together
N/A Non admissible
TTL Ticketing deadline
GV 2 Minimum of 2 passengers to travel together. Must depart and return together
GV 4 Minimum of 4 passengers to travel together. Must depart and return together
GV 10 Minimum of 10 passengers to travel together. Must depart and return together
W2A With 2 adults
PTA or Prepaid ticket Advice Prepaid ticket advice. Ticket collect from country of departure, payment
PNR Booking reference number
STNP, s/o Stopover
ow One way
Dep Departure
YRT 1 year ticket
Add-ons Extra flights at extra costs
Amendment Changes to your booking
Backtracking you cannot go back from whence you came
Cancellation Penalties involved if you cancel your ticket
Carrier Refers to the name of the airline you are travelling on
Changes Penalties involved if you change your ticket
Child Person 2-11 years
Class Letter used to book your flight reservation
Codeshare A flight operated by another airline
Combination Permitted add on fares allowed to be used with the fare you are on
Conditions Rules pertaining to this airfare
Destination The final stopping place before turning around to come home
ETA Estimated time of arrival
ETD Estimated time of departure
E-tickets Electronic ticket, full payments must be made before E-tickets can be issued
Farebasis The name/code of the faretype you are travelling on
Fares The cost of the airfare
Infant Child up to 23 months at time of the flight departure
Interline Transfer Transfer from one airline to a different airline
Longhaul An overseas flight of some distance i.e Sydney London
Mileage The amount of miles permitted to be flown on an airfare
Minimum stay/Maximum stay The shortest and longest times you can stay at your destination
MPM Maximum permitted mileage-the maximum distance you can fly in air miles
Nominated Carrier The airline you can fly
Open Jaw Fly into one city and out of another city at no penalty
Open-Dated No return date set
Origin Point you start from
Outbound Flight from USA or point of origin
OW One way journey
PNR Passenger name reference - used for computer reservations
Reissue Changes requiring a new ticket to be issued
Rerouting Changes to flight routing
RT Fares Return journey fares
Season Different times of the year for travel have different fares
Stopover When you leave the airport for more than 24 hours
STPC Airline pays for your accommodation at a stopover
Surcharges Extra costs involved
Surface Sector You make your own way between two points
Turnaround point The furthest point on your return journey
US Pass Airpass within the USA
V.V. Vice versa
Validity How long a ticket is valid e.g. the minimum and maximum times you can be away
Waitlist The flight is full you are waiting for a cancellation to be confirmed

Ticketing Abbreviation
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