Thursday, December 18, 2014
Social-media search finds replacement for same-named girlfriend
Jordan Axani, 28, purchased tickets under his name and his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Gallagher. The three-week trip booked in May was supposed to be their chance to see together the rest of the world including Thailand. However the pair broke up, leaving Mr. Axani with plane tickets under Miss Gallagher's name.
So in November, Axani used the power of social media and posted on reddit that he's looking for someone with the same name as his ex-girlfriend and a valid Canadian passport.
Axani's move got worldwide attention and his story was featured on different websites. But among the thousands of responses he got, he picked the 23-year-old student and homeless shelter volunteer from Nova Scotia named Elizabeth "Quinn" Gallagher (right), after talking with her on the phone and becoming impressed with her social conscience.
"It's totally platonic," Mr Axani said from New York where the trip starts on Sunday. "Do I think we'll become friends? Sure."
As someone who worked in an international travel account, I know exactly how tedious it is to have a name change. Some airlines will allow depending on the rules of the ticket, of course, with fees involved. But there are also airlines who are tough on name changes. Either you use it or lose the value of it. But changing the name will never be an option.
Anyway, good luck to both of them.