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Should I Travel Under My Maiden or Married Name?

Ask Savvy: Should I Travel Under My Maiden or Married Name?

Dear Savvy,

I'm getting married on Sept. 26 and my fiancé and I are ready to start booking flights for our honeymoon to Thailand. In fact, we almost bought tickets last night when I thought about which last name I should use! I'm planning on taking my fiancé’s last name after we're married, but I'm not sure what name to use when making my honeymoon plans. Will I encounter any trouble if I book my tickets with my new last name?

Savvy says: It's a good thing you thought twice before buying your plane ticket! To see why,


The name on your tickets and reservations should match the name in your passport. It can take several weeks to receive copies of your marriage license, and then a couple more months to change your name on all of the necessary documents. So, if the name in your passport at the time of travel will be your maiden name, you should book the trip under your maiden name.

Waiting a few months to take your honeymoon? Most airlines will let you travel domestically with your driver's license in a maiden name along with a marriage license, but double check with the airline before you book under your married name that doesn't match your driver's license. Traveling internationally will naturally warrant additional scrutiny from security. Simply play it safe by traveling under your maiden name until your documents reflect your new married name.


Join The Conversation
dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
Yes, use your maiden name. I still use my maiden name when I travel and I was married three years ago. The reason being my passport is good for another ten years, and a new one is very expensive. So to save money I just use the old passport.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"it's so unfair that only the bride has to deal with it. " The men are perfectly able to change their names instead! Yeah, it's a little bit of a pain, but only because it's not instant and you have to wait for everything to get processed.
ladybirda ladybirda 8 years
Yeah, this is why I don't want to change my name. What a hassle, and it's so unfair that only the bride has to deal with it.
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Your name. You can't get documents quick enough. Make sure you bring copies of EVERYTHING though, just in case, including your marriage certificate.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Changing your name on all your documents is such a pain in the rear. I changed everything as quickly as I could, but since we went on our honeymoon right after we got married, I did use my maiden name until I got back to change all my documents.
mayara mayara 8 years
My SIL's sister got married overseas exactly one week after she and my brother did. My dad tried advising this (getting a passport and traveling under her maiden name, and then getting the passport updated afterward), but she kept insisting on trying to figure out how to make it work to travel under her married name. I assume she finally caved to reality, but life is easier if you go with the easier, pragmatic approach on things like this.
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
haha yeah defi don't buy a plane ticket in a name that is not yours yet! if took us 3 weeks to get our marriage license back, and if you don't pay for "rush" on your new passport that will be several weeks also . . .
runningesq runningesq 8 years
If you are honeymooning RIGHT after your wedding, do EVERYTHING in your maiden name -- that's the name that will be on your license, passport, etc.
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