First experience on Aer Lingus

Old Dec 9, 19, 6:15 am
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First experience on Aer Lingus

Hi All,

I'm about to have my first "with kids", to MCO experience on EI, and had a query regarding their middle names. (Usually a sole-flyer)

My wife and I have plain first and surnames, no middle names, but to be awkward we opted to give our kids middle names.

My question is, I've had conflicting advice on whether these middle names (which show under given names on the passports) should be included on the reservation? I have omitted these, and I'm now worried I shouldn't have with the usual concern of "will the data match up with the ESTAs?" and so on.

Has anyone had any experience of this? My hope is that I do not need to make any amendments, but I value the community input on this.

Many Thanks
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Old Dec 9, 19, 7:09 am
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It should be fine. I only ever book with EI using my name without the middle name included but on my passport and ESTA (also regular US visa now) my middle name is included (under given name(s) as with your children i.e flight booked under Joe Bloggs but passport & ESTA name(s) is Joe John Bloggs). It has always been fine. Matching criteria is the passport numbers for the most part anyway.

In my opinion you have no need to worry about having to include your children's middle names in the EI booking.
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Old Dec 9, 19, 3:37 pm
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Will not be an issue on EI / USA but in future you may want to include these as some airlines do enforce the rules ''Names as per passport''. Some have had to pay fees to reissue tickets. Just something to think about in future depending on what airline you are using.
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Old Dec 10, 19, 1:41 am
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I have never put my middle name on an Aer Lingus ticket, even though its on my passport. Never had an issue, 296 flights later
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Old Dec 12, 19, 8:34 am
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Thanks all, this is helpful. Appreciate the replies.
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Old Dec 13, 19, 5:33 am
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Thumbs down My First Experience - not impressed

Last week I too had my first EI experience. Aer Lingus is a 20th century airline operating in the 21st century.

EI is one of the very few international carriers with a major US presence that does not participate in TSA Pre-check. I don't recall going through strip-search screening at a US airport in more than five years, except last week at IAD.

Secondly, even though I paid extra for seat selection, I was not able to view or change my selected seat online; not even during the check-in process. When a flight is not full, I prefer to find a seat adjacent to an empty one, yet EI doesn't want to give me the ability to optimize my seating. Really sad.

The wifi was so-so, but was priced by MB rather than time. While that initially seemed advantageous, it is incredible how quickly 50 MB is gobbled up. There is no option to buy wifi for the entire flight, so if you do anything other than read email (without opening attachments) your session will end before you know it.

Finally, despite press announcements to the contrary, EI charges for alcohol, even beer and wine, on transatlantic flights.

Bottom line is that EI needs to wake up and smell the competition. Unless significant changes are made, I won't be back.
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Old Dec 13, 19, 8:07 am
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While EI does have many great qualities, I have to say I agree with some of the points you have raised.

I too find it annoying that you can't change your seat selection online once selected. Ryanair makes this process very simple. On a recent KLM flight in J, I was able to change my seat on their app while in the lounge shortly before departure. That said, I was very pleasantly surprised on a recent TATL flight to Europe connecting in DUB that on all 4 legs the seats beside me were kept clear (On the DUB-AMS sector I was the only one in row 2, while there were 3 people ahead of me in AerSpace, with no free middle seat!). And the AerClub check-in staff are great at accommodating seating requests where possible.

I can't say I understand why it is taking them so long to implement the free drinks policy in TATL Y. If it was the other way round (ie moving from a free to a paid drinks service) it could possibly be explained by the need to update IT, prices, menus etc (although that should not take months!) but I don't see what else is required if you want to serve these drinks for free.
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Old Dec 13, 19, 8:21 am
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The middle name issue does not matter for entry to the US nor is it a required field for any IATA carrier.

For the broader issue, there are some countries and some carriers where it matters a great deal. Thus, at some point it makes sense to make a choice and to assure that passports, visas, tickets and all reservations of any kind are made in the exact same profile. If your name is John Frederick Smith, have all your documents and profiles set to John Smith, John Frederick Smith, or John F. Smith.

The same is true of titles and honorifics. Unless your name really is "Doctor" forget it.
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Old Dec 15, 19, 7:27 am
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Originally Posted by RideThe22A View Post
Last week I too had my first EI experience. Aer Lingus is a 20th century airline operating in the 21st century.... even though I paid extra for seat selection, I was not able to view or change my selected seat online; not even during the check-in process.

Bottom line is that EI needs to wake up and smell the competition. Unless significant changes are made, I won't be back.
I will accept this small hiccup in the EI proposition in return for not being charged a lot for advance seat selection a la BA.

And I will accept the lack of TSA PreCheck in return for DUB pre-clearance and the advantage, for LHR arrivals, of walking right out of T2, having done C&I during my DUB transfer, versus queueing for a long long time at the UK Border barriers in T3 or T5.

And when I write to the EI service center with a query or small need I get an answer within hours. With BA it's weeks.

EI is imperfect (food not good, and I would like a free beer) but IME it is always a little cheaper than BA and a lot friendlier, and it is my current first choice carrier ORD to UK.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 2:35 pm
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Originally Posted by BearX220 View Post
....,versus queueing for a long long time at the UK Border barriers in T3 or T5.

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Canada, the USA and a number of other countries are now eligible to use E gates on entry to the UK! Early Morning arrival into Heathrow I was through in 2 mins flat!! Same at Gatwick in the evening! Love it.
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