Partner Record Locator Number Aeroplan
One of the great hassles of booking tickets with airline alliances and partners is that they often each have a separate reservation system. This means for example that you might book a ticket with airline A for travel on airline B, but their reservation number doesn’t work for airline B. Generally you need to manually call or tweet to get the correct number, but Aeroplan has fixed this.
My son and I are heading to Bangkok separately and I recently booked his plane ticket to get there. During the booking process I noticed something that is amazing. When you go to manage the booking on their site, you can then click to select a seat and they will provide you with the record locator number for each of the airlines on the reservation.
For example, on this ticket my son has travel with United, EVA and Thai Airways. Here is what that looks like.
In my son’s case EVA & Thai share a RL#, while United has its own. All of these numbers are different than the Aeroplan one as well. So basically his ticket has 3 different numbers, but Aeroplan makes it so easy to see all of them. No call needed!
Why Do This?
So why is it important to have all of your airline record locator numbers? Well, with that number you can go to each of the airline websites and assign seats. For multiple part itineraries with big stopovers you may also need these different numbers to check-in ahead of time. They aren’t always critical, but having them at your fingertips is empowering and makes things easier.
I’m not sure if any other airlines do this, but it is a feature they all should add soon! I think Aeroplan added this a year or two ago, but having just experienced it again I thought it was worth sharing. Do you know of any other airlines that let you see partner record locator numbers online? Let us know in the comments!