How to Sell Airline Tickets Online

by Missy J. Talbot ; Updated September 28, 2017

Airline tickets are an item that you can sell to others online, but only in certain circumstances. There are several online ticket sales departments, and these are usually major companies selling tickets. However, you can sometimes sell tickets that you've purchased on sites like eBay.com or Craigslist.org. First, make sure the tickets are transferable. Then make sure that you are allowed to sell them.

Check with your airline before you attempt to sell the tickets. You must speak to a customer service representative to make sure that your tickets are transferable. If they are not, the airline might give you some options you have not thought of, such as getting a refund, changing the ticket date, or getting a voucher for future travel.

Post the tickets for sale on a reputable site, only after you have confirmed that they are transferable. Reputable sites include sites like eBay.com and Craigslist. Create a posting for your tickets. Be sure to explain how many tickets there are, what the dates of travel are, and where the tickets go.

Respond to inquiries about the tickets. Potential buyers might want to make sure you are a real person and not a scam artist, so you may have to speak with them on the phone or in person.

Transfer the tickets to the name of the buyer, after the sale is complete. Contact the airline again, if you are not sure how to do this.

Tip

  • Some tickets say "Non transferable" right on them, so you don't even need to start to process if this is true.

Tip

  • Selling a non-transferable ticket online, or selling a ticket to someone and asking them to use your name when they travel are both illegal, and can get you in trouble with the airline and even the police.

About the Author

Missy Talbot started writing professionally in 2000. She has been published in "Grass Roots" magazine, "LifeTimes" magazine and on the websites TeacherWeb and The Teacher's Corner. Talbot holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Master of Arts in publishing. She is working on a Ph.D. in journalism.

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