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Booking flights for a 17yr old
« on: March 22, 2017, 07:40:08 AM »
Our Goddaughter wants to come and spend two weeks in Cape Town during the July school holidays. With us not having children I have no clue about when an ID book (card) and ID number is issued. The airlines considers her an adult traveler, of course but I don't think she has a SA ID number yet?

Those in the know please advise, I want to book the tickets this week still
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 08:04:27 AM »
Official ID card (no longer a green book) is issued at the age of 16, but the birth certificate ID number and that on the card is the same.

But if memory serves you don't need proof of ID for local flights. I haven't been on a plane in years though.

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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 08:14:44 AM »
^^ Thanks

I'll get the birth certificate number then.

Unless there's anything else anyone has chip in ? :point:
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 08:16:29 AM »


But if memory serves you don't need proof of ID for local flights. I haven't been on a plane in years though.

I had to present mine the last time I flew
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2017, 09:04:52 AM »
Yes, the check-in wants to see an ID when you arrive, even when you are going to Jhb.  A 17 year old will have an ID book, at least she should.  Our kids had them at 16

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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2017, 09:12:54 AM »
Yes, the check-in wants to see an ID when you arrive, even when you are going to Jhb.  A 17 year old will have an ID book, at least she should.  Our kids had them at 16

Yea, I just gave her mother stick about that. She's taking her to apply for her card these Easter holidays, but I'm not optimistic it will be ready in time. Will a birth certificate suffice? I'm loathed to call the airlines and be pushed from pillar to post
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2017, 09:24:10 AM »
Proof of ID needed for an internal flight, A passport or drivers licence works as well (not sure what age they can drive over here?).  One thing to remember, if the ticket is purchased on a credit card they may require the credit card as well.  When a group of us travel we generally have a photocopy of the card and a photocopy of the credit card holders ID (certified copies) just in case - had a situation where the last to board was asked for the credit card and we had to send someone back with the card previously, not a big problem, but obviously a bit of a PITA.

I'm not entirely sure how it works as this weekend I had the card, checked us all in on the hand luggage only thing and was not asked.  This may be because when I put in the reference, we already had online seats and checkin sorted out, so I was just printing the boarding passes.
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2017, 01:17:22 PM »
I decided to wait 10 minutes in the call center queue, sorted thanks. Birth certificate is acceptable
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2017, 01:27:34 PM »
Yea, I just gave her mother stick about that. She's taking her to apply for her card these Easter holidays, but I'm not optimistic it will be ready in time.

ID cards are ready in under a week these days.
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2017, 01:38:58 PM »
ID cards are ready in under a week these days.

Excellent, thanks for the heads up. It's been a long time since I've to apply for one
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2017, 08:52:58 PM »
Excellent, thanks for the heads up. It's been a long time since I've to apply for one

Some Airlines require the Credit Card at check in.....if ticket was bought with card.

Maybe check this with your Airline as well.....
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2017, 09:17:56 PM »
Photocopy of the two sides of the card and photocopy of the ID or passport of the card owner (both notarised) works
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Re: Booking flights for a 17yr old
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2017, 10:51:35 PM »
Photocopy of the two sides of the card and photocopy of the ID or passport of the card owner (both notarised) works

Only photocopy the front face of the Credit Card.   It is not necessary, and not advisable to copy the back of the  card  (where your CVV number is displayed).  That is a security risk.
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