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'On the fly' tips for e-ticketers

More and more business people are hopping on the Internet before they fly. Some 43 percent of corporate travelers have used electronic ticketing this year, according to a survey by the International Air Travel Association.

Buying an e-ticket lets you fly without worrying about a lost ticket. You can also avoid the extra fee that some airlines have begun to levy on paper tickets.

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As the ticketing world goes digital, here are some tips to keep in mind:

*Always ask for a record-locator number when making a reservation. This number allows the airline to access your reservation when you don't have a ticket in hand and need to prove you have a seat on a flight.

*If you make a reservation on more than one airline, ask if each carrier will accept the other's e-ticket. This is particularly important if you fly in and out of bad-weather airports, where you might wind up on another carrier if your flight cancels.

*If you use e-tickets for business travel, always request a paper receipt when you check in at the airport. You will need this to be reimbursed for your trip.

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