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Here is a bit of a strange question that I thought I would throw out to the group to see if anyone knew of the best way to go forward. We finally got our 7500 Turkish Miles&Smiles to Hawaii award booked (more details on that upcoming in a future post). But apparently there is a problem booking a ticket for 7 passengers on one PNR. I don’t know if that was a Turkish problem, a United problem, a problem with the knowledge of this particular agent, or some other problem, but in any case, we are now booked on 2 separate PNRs of 5 and 2 people.

Can you combine 2 PNRs

So my question is can you combine 2 United PNRs? Ideally I would prefer us all to be on the same PNR, mostly in case of IRROPS where we have to worry about them splitting us up. The other problem that we have is that the Turkish Airlines agent split out my 2 youngest kids on a PNR by themselves (of course). The tickets booked so I’m guessing that she set them up as an “adult” fare in the system (or it wouldn’t have booked if they showed up as unaccompanied minors). I did have to supply their birthdates, so I’m wondering if there will be some sort of problem when we try to check-in. We have flown before on separate PNRs due to our large family but if I have the choice I keep 1 adult on each PNR, but they didn’t ask me this time.

My thought would be that the worst case scenario would be that we wouldn’t be able to check-in online and we’d have to check in at the gate, where the agent would see that there are no unaccompanied minors and that would be that. This is a domestic flight (to Hawaii), so there shouldn’t be any type of immigration or visa problems.

I know a few years ago I booked a flight on Delta with my daughter, and I had to book it separately (I think to use multiple Delta gift cards, or maybe one ticket was award and one paid?). I remember the Delta phone agent “linking” the records somehow and we didn’t have any trouble past that.

The only other thing we’d normally worry about would be selecting kid’s meals for the kids but hey – United doesn’t serve a meal on a 10 hour flight from Chicago to Hawaii so we got that going for us, I guess 🙂

What do you think? Anything that we can or should do to combine 2 United PNRs?

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