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How to Book a Flight Reservation for a Schengen Visa Application Without Actually Paying for a Full Flight Ticket!

By Kach Umandap February 25th, 2022 Posted in Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 13 Comments

Are you wondering how to book a flight reservation for your Schengen Visa application, or just looking for a flight itinerary with a unique booking code that is verifiable with the airline, all without actually having to pay the full price for a flight ticket that you might not be able to use? You’re in the right place!

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We have been in exactly this position ourselves, so we’re going to show you the best way to get it done and why you should employ the professional services of a travel company like Visa Reservation, who can make the process clear and simple as possible while providing you with a real travel itinerary and verifiable flight reservation to ensure your visa application has the best possible chance of success.

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We have been traveling the world for over four years now, so we have built up a lot of personal experience in moving from one country to another, either by land, by plane, or even by sea, using only my Philippines passport to do it. I applied and was approved for my ten-year USA visa while in South America. In the USA I applied and was approved for my ten-year UK visa and also my one-year Schengen Visa. I have had a lot of experience in applying for visas the right way, the honest and most efficient way, so I’m going to share with you one of the most important parts of the process when you apply for your Schengen Visa. In fact, while I am talking about applying for a Schengen Visa, the same applies to many other types of visa as well.

When we decided to take our dream Euro trip for our one-month honeymoon, we came up against the same challenge that so many others have come across before us, and much more do every day – the requirement to show a real flight reservation and travel itinerary for your whole trip. When you first see this requirement, you may well think that you have to book and pay for all of your flights and hotels before you can even start to apply for your Schengen Visa, which you don’t even know if you’re going to get! It’s easy to see why so many people would think this when this is what they were reading the application requirements from one of the Schengen countries.

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“Copy of the roundtrip airline reservation with Passenger Registration Number (or reservation number) and travel itinerary. The reservation should prove that the stay in the Schengen area does not exceed 90 days. It is recommended not to buy the ticket until the visa is granted.”

But you can see how it gets even more confusing, “It is not recommended to buy the ticket until the visa is granted.” To the uninitiated first-time applicant, especially one born into the era of personal computers, the internet and doing everything yourself, this makes no sense whatsoever. How is it possible to get a confirmed flight booking and travel itinerary without actually paying for anything?!

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The answer is all in the reasons why the embassies require an itinerary and not the fully paid for tickets to process visa applications. It’s as simple as the fact that they need to verify that you are traveling to that particular country for the reasons that you say you are. So if you have stated your reason for traveling there as, “tourism,” then it’s only logical that you should be able to show where you plan on going, when and for how long in order to prove that. Of course, they are not unreasonable people, so they don’t expect you to risk buying an expensive flight ticket and paying for accommodation before you know if the visa will be approved. That is why they only ask for an itinerary and a reservation, rather than a paid for a ticket.  

You may also have noticed the variety of words and phrases used by different embassies and within information online. The terms below are a good selection of what you find are used interchangeably by embassies and in visa materials, which can often confuse applicants. The important thing to know here is that all of these terms have the same meaning. They are all referring to a flight reservation which is verifiable with the airline and has a unique booking code, yet has not yet been paid for, therefore making it different to a flight ticket which has been paid for.

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Here are some examples of how different embassies talk about the requirement of a flight itinerary for visa applications:

“Proof of departure. A copy of detailed flight itinerary to Canada from an airline or a travel agency or showing entry and departure from Canada.” – Canadian Embassy website

Proof of departure simply means proof of how and when you will enter and leave the country you are applying to.

“The ticket should prove that the stay in the UK does not exceed 90 days. It is recommended not to buy the ticket until the visa is granted.” – Spanish Embassy website

This is why they need to see a verifiable travel itinerary. It will show the embassy that you have genuine plans to return home 0r continue your travels.

“Roundtrip air ticket booking record and proof of a hotel reservation, or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China.” – Chinese Embassy website

A roundtrip ticket simply means a booking showing you entering your target country and then leaving it at the end of your trip.

“Travel itinerary (travel reservations to and from Schengen area in your name, not a ticket). Note: make travel reservations which you can cancel.” – Dutch Embassy website

The ‘travel itinerary’ is your schedule of travel, which shows where you will be, when and how. So flight bookings are exactly what they need.

“Proof of a reservation or a return flight is needed for the application and tickets are to be presented upon collection of the visa. It is strongly recommended not to purchase a flight ticket unless the visa has been granted.” – German Embassy website

Again, ‘proof of reservation’ is the same thing as a verifiable air ticket.

“Airplane or train reservation for the entire travel in the Schengen zone or proof of participating in an organized tour + photocopy.” – French Embassy website

As you can see, they are all talking about the same thing, just in slightly different ways!

There is such a thing as a confirmed booking without paying full price for a ticket, but it is something that only registered and licensed travel agents and operators can do. And not all of them are willing to do it either, as it costs them time and money. A registered travel agent is licensed to make a real flight and hotel reservations for exactly this purpose, but these days you may be hard-pressed to find a travel company who will go to the effort to do this for you if you’re walking up and down the street looking for one in person.

The most important thing to remember here is this – Do not book and pay for a real flight booking until you know that your visa has been approved!

Even though you might think that you are doing the right thing by impressing the person reviewing your application, you will not score extra brownie points by spending loads of money on expensive flights and hotel bookings before you have a definitive answer about whether or not your visa has been approved. They do not want you to pay for a flight ticket that you’re not going to be able to use, so don’t do it!

The process of getting your verifiable flight ticket is very simple once you know how, so I’m going to show you exactly how to do it!

The first thing to know is that you don’t even have to leave your home (or even stand up!); you can get a full travel itinerary including flight reservation with a unique booking number all online!

Yes! There is a website that you can go to for verifiable one way, round trip, and multi-city flight bookings for any country visa within minutes at an affordable price without you having to pay for actual tickets. The only thing we will caution against, however, is that there are many websites which claim to offer this service, yet what they are offering is not quite what it seems.

BEWARE of websites, companies or individuals offering cheap flight reservations for your visa application, without checking their credentials first. Some of these unauthorized and unlicensed websites claim to offer a genuine flight booking which is verifiable with the airline, yet all they are providing you are “dummy tickets” – forgeries, fakes, knock-offs – which are easily produced on Photoshop. These fakes will not pass the inspection in the embassy or the application center, so your visa application will be denied if you try to use one. Not only that, if any embassy catches you trying to use falsified documents to apply for a visa, they may have the ability to blacklist you and stop you being granted future visas for the same country or even others!

Ok, so now that all of the scary warning stuff is out of the way, how can find a website which is licensed and provides genuine flight reservations and travel itineraries for your Schengen visa application?

Here’s what you need to do:

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1. Make sure that the company you are considering is a licensed travel company.

Visa Reservation, LLC is a registered USA Travel Company which is licensed to provide travel services.

2. Check your visa application forms and guidelines to determine exactly what they require. Remember, this part of the process is your responsibility! Some visa applications require flights, accommodation or hotels for all parts of the journey.

3. Go to visareservation.com and select the service that you want and the timeframe that you need it by. If you are in a hurry, then they have a 6-hour delivery service, but they also have a 24-hour delivery service! The step-by-step process on their website is super easy to follow and very clear, so just take your time and fill out all of the details as clearly as possible.

4. Submit your travel details and requirements and pay using your credit or debit card, or PayPal account. Yes, you will need to be able to make an online payment, to ensure that you have a payment card ready, or a PayPal account.

5. Receive your travel documents straight to your email!

As soon as you have received your travel documents, all you have to do is check them against your application form to ensure that everything is correct, before going ahead and submitting your application.

Good luck and positive vibes with your visa application!

Still, have more questions about the process? Here are some of the most common frequently asked questions, with lots more useful information available on the Visa Reservations website.

How do I know that the Flights and Hotel Reservations are verifiable?

How to Book a Flight Reservation for a Schengen Visa Application Without Actually Paying for a Full Flight Ticket!
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Flights Verifications:

Flight reservations are verifiable. You can visit respective airlines website, plugin the airline reservation code and your name under manage my bookings. If you have any issues, then please send email to [email protected]

Hotel Verifications:

Hotel reservations are verifiable. You can call the hotel directly to verify using your name. Hotel itinerary has a confirmation number from the booking systems that indicate that bookings have been made successfully with the hotel systems.

Do I have to use the flight reservation that you provide to travel to my destination of choice once my visa is approved? Do I need to make any cancellations?

No, you can make your travel plans once you have your visa approved. We take care of all the cancellations of the reservations made on your behalf. You don’t have to worry about any cancellation fee or anything. Once you get the visa, make your travel plans, relax and enjoy your trip!

What if my travel plans include multiple destinations in different countries?

You are more than welcome to order an unlimited flight and hotel reservations per trip. Choose an appropriate package and submit your travel details. That’s it!

Can a group of family or friends traveling make a group booking?

Yes! You have the option to place an order for all the travelers at once. We can create one itinerary for all the travelers or separate itineraries per person. You just let us know your preference, and we will be at your service!

What if my plans change after I have received my flight reservations and itinerary?

No issues at all. We work closely with you to assess your case. We either ask you to place a new order, or we make corrections free of cost. We try our best to make sure you are happy with our services!

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Ok, so now are you ready to go ahead and get your verifiable flight reservations and travel itinerary? Just look at the process below – It’s easy!

1. Go to visareservation.com and find the type of service you need.

2. Get ready to follow the three easy steps and have your payment details to hand.

3. Choose either the 24 hours or the 6-hour service, then select the services that you need depending on the requirements of your visa application.

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4. Let’s assume that you have selected the 24-hour service, with a basic flight itinerary. For only USD 55 you can have an unlimited number of flights, up to 4 corrections and even a free cover letter and NDC Letter!

5. Enter all of your details and travel details as they are requested in the forms on this page. There are even hints and advice to show you how to enter your travel plans. Make sure that you enter this information very carefully, as this is the information that will be used to make your flight reservations and travel itinerary.

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6. Enter your payment information in the secure payment platform. That’s it; you’re finished! All you have to do now is to sit back and wait for your flight reservations and travel itinerary to arrive, then submit them with your visa application!

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If you have any more questions about the process, you can always contact Visa Reservations directly at visareservation.com.


Good luck with your visa application and we hope you have an amazing journey!

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13 thoughts on “How to Book a Flight Reservation for a Schengen Visa Application Without Actually Paying for a Full Flight Ticket!

  1. This is great and informative post. Thanks for sharing this useful list. Good information to read. This post is very effective and images also helping us to understand your point. Thank you share this.

  2. If my brother’s interview for Schengen tourist visa is on February 21, 2020 when shall I buy his flight reservations?

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  4. Thanks for such great information; this information may help many of the people in their visa processing. Coming to travel itinerary services one of the best website is Schengenvisaitinerary.com

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this information! Just wanted to ask if you also need to have a hotel reservation and health insurance to apply for a visa?

  6. Hi! I actually tried calling a certain airline if they can do reservation and they told me yes. So I had a reservation ticket from them and you are given 30 days to own it, not unless you pay for it then it will be yours but that’s not the point here, after that it will expire so better do the reservation during the time you are going to submit your application to a certain embassy. It worked for me and I didn’t pay a single penny for it. But this is really a good guide though.:)

    1. If my brother’s interview for Schengen tourist visa is on February 21, 2020 when shall I buy his flight reservations?
      I’m in the U. S. and he is in the Philippines

  7. Great Article! An amazing writing did by you. I read your article. You explain your topic nicely. When the reader read your article, they will stay here for more time. This post really helpful and useful. It’s a great post for the traveler, those who want to travel by airline. Finally, I would like to thanks to you for an awesome post.

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.