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A Queensland couple have been charged thousands after making a simple mistake when booking a flight through Student Universe

A Queensland couple have been forced to spend thousands of dollars extra on their European holiday after making a simple mistake with their plane tickets.

Phil and Kate were excited to visit family in the UK and travel around Europe for a month, but hit the first hurdle before boarding their flight.

Phil booked their flights last July for what he thought was a good price through a third-party travel website called Student Universe.

However, when filling in the information for their cards, he accidentally used his wife’s nickname, Kate, instead of her birth name, Katherine.

The couple flew from Brisbane to Melbourne with Virgin and then from Melbourne to London via Doha with Qatar Airways, costing $2,400 each way.

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Virgin noticed that the name on Kate’s plane ticket did not match the one on her passport and informed her that she could not board the plane without clarifying the discrepancy.

The information had to be identical to match the couple’s other documents, including visas.

While most airlines offer detail changes for a small or administrative fee, third-party websites often charge high prices for this service.

The couple claimed Student Universe told them to cancel Kate’s original ticket, for which they received a small refund, and buy a new ticket with the correct information.

“They didn’t have time, they argued, to make a name change on the ticket, but they had time to sell us a new ticket,” Phil told A Current Affair.

Queensland couple Phil and Kate (above) had to shell out thousands of extra dollars on their European holiday after using Kate’s nickname instead of her birth name, Katherine, on her plane ticket

However, since they bought a last minute flight, Kate’s new ticket cost $4,700.

“I begged her on the phone: ‘Please, it can’t be done – all our holiday money is gone immediately,'” Kate recalls.

Although Phil accepted responsibility for the mistake, the two feel that they were unfairly undone by Student Universe.

“They just took advantage of the whole situation, especially in the peak season, and time was of the essence,” he said.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Student Universe for comment.

The couple (above) booked the ticket through Student Universe and were asked to cancel it and buy a new plane ticket

The couple (above) booked the ticket through Student Universe and were asked to cancel it and buy a new plane ticket

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