Online auction for travel tickets launched

14th July 2009, Comments 0 comments allows for consumer-to-consumer sales of unused airplane, bus, ferry and train tickets.

Amsterdam – Travellers who don't use their travel tickets can now re-sell them via an Internet auction, the ANP press agency has reported. has launched the service for both customers and travel companies, and includes airplane, bus, ferry and train tickets.

Research has shown that around ten percent of travellers don’t use their tickets for a variety or reasons.

Customers can check whether their ticket can be resold on the Re-ticket website. About 40 percent of the airline-tickets are transferable, according to Re-ticket.

If a ticket cannot be sold, customers have the option to recoup the airport tax and surcharges added to their ticket.

The company has warned that this is not always successful. 

Re-ticket also plans to investigate if legal action can be taken against airline companies that would force them to refund the fuel surcharges as well as the airport taxes when customers cancel their flights.

Customers selling tickets on Re-ticket will have to pay a name transfer fee. If the fare for a particular flight has increased since the ticket was first bought, sellers must pay the difference as well.

Re-ticket has said that the name transfer fee usually only applies to airline tickets and is not much higher than EUR 25.00.

To prevent against fraud, sellers do not receive payment from Re-ticket until two weeks after the departure date.

If sellers received payment immediately, it's possible that they would sell the same ticket twice to two different people, according to the Re-ticket website.

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