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Using only the 1st part of a R/T ticket internationally

Using only the 1st part of a R/T ticket internationally

Feb 25th, 2011, 07:50 AM
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Just want to add that there's absolutely no need to be "nice" to call to cancel. The airline doesn't care. They already know on average how many no shows will be on a flight and they may overbook anyways; and there's always a chance of someone standing by to start with. Save your time and the airline agent's.
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Feb 25th, 2011, 08:49 AM
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Well, if you don't call it dies that day. If you do call, you don't have to rebook or pay any fees at thtat time. It just goes into hold for a year until you you call back to use it.

Surprisingly, I have reused leftover tickets like this several times, and once I used two of them to do a round trip!. Even with the fees, It was cheaper than buying a new ticket at the time.
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Feb 25th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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"As a courtesy though, you should call and cancel your seat once you've done the first leg. Open it up for another person,"

"if you don't call it dies that day. If you do call, you don't have to rebook or pay any fees at thtat time. It just goes into hold for a year until you you call back to use it."

Nope -- not if it is a discount fare. If you call and cancel the return, not only is it not good for re-booking, you'll very likely be charged a great deal of $$$

DO NOT call the airline.
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Feb 25th, 2011, 11:49 AM
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What airlines charge you fees when you call in to cancel a flight?

I always buy the absolute cheapest fares on Hawaiian, United, Continental, (and even Delta for one daughter) and when I called and said I couldn't make the return flight, they "held" my ticket in the system for up to a year.

It has always been my experience that you pay the change fee when you rebook, not when you cancel. You have to compare the price when you want to rebook...with the change fee and any other fees, it might be cheaper to just buy a new one, but in my case, it has often saved me money.

Plus, i just think it is polite to cancel.
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Feb 25th, 2011, 12:48 PM
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Janisj

Can you cite an example where, if you call and say you can't make your return flight, the discount ticket loses all value and you face a high charge? I've not seen what you describe happen.
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Feb 25th, 2011, 02:00 PM
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What's "canceling"? There's simply no such thing in terms of discount fare. You are either repricing to become a one-way fare (like what janisj is saying), or you pay a fee to retain the value and/or rebook (like lcuy is saying).

The airline agent can't, and don't just "cancel" your booking and do nothing about it. Just not show up for your flight, and that's it!
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Feb 25th, 2011, 07:13 PM
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But Ray, if you have already used the outbound leg, there is no fee if you call and say you will not be on the flight. The fee only comes into play if -- or when-- you try to use the inbound portion later. If, on the other hand, you just miss your return flight and do not notify them, there is no using it later. I have done this too many times for it to be some agent bending the rules.
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Feb 25th, 2011, 08:31 PM
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"there is no fee if you call and say you will not be on the flight."

The fare was discounted because it was booked as a R-T. If it was one-way it would have cost more.

So -- you could either be charged a re-booking fee - or - a penalty for changing the discounted R-T to a full fare one way.

If you don't call the airline there is nothing to worry about.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 12:42 PM
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Again:

You call the airline and say, "I can't make Flight 231 on Sept 12. I will call you to reschedule it later."

No fees, no penalties.

If you use it within the allowable time, only THEN they will assess any fees.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 04:37 PM
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lcuy - That wasn't my understanding, but I will take your word.
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Feb 26th, 2011, 07:39 PM
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I've done it many times, most recently last May. And with 2 daughters who went to college on the mainland, I used this method for them many times as well.
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