Fee if you buy roundtrip but fly 1way?

Old Jun 29th, 2009, 01:40 PM
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Fee if you buy roundtrip but fly 1way?

I'm looking to buy a round trip ticket on Philippines Air from Bangkok to Manila, and also from Manila to Hong Kong. I only plan on flying the first legs of each round trip because it is significantly cheaper to buy a round trip than a one way ticket for each. A friend of mine living in Tokyo has been working on setting up our flight from Tokyo to Seoul (also 1 way) and when speaking with a travel agent of some sort, she was told that we would be charged a fairly big fee if we did not take the return trip. I dont know if this was the travel agency's policy, the airlines policy, or what (it was a airfare and hotel package). Has anyone had any experience with this before?
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 02:14 PM
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It is true that airlines don't like it if you buy roundtrip and fly one way. I don't know how they would charge you extra - maybe if they have your credit card info... But why not do a multi-stop itinerary rather than buying one ticket at a time? Often times you'll get better fares than one ways.
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 02:31 PM
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If you don't fly the second leg outbound, the whole inbound ticket will be canceled. This is airline policy. Post on the airlines board if you want more details - or do a search there.
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 02:58 PM
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I just plan on buying a round trip ticket from Bangkok to Manila, and flying to Manila, but not returning to Bangkok. A second round trip from Manila to Caticlan (will fly both flights), and a third separate round trip from Manila to Hong Kong, flying to Hong Kong but not returning to Manila. I dont see how they would be able to cancel anything if they are all booked as separate trips. I tried to do a multi-city itinerary on the Philippines Airlines website but it didnt work a few days ago. Maybe I shall try again...

Please share if you have any other experience with this!
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 03:25 PM
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If they are separate tickets on separate airlines you should be OK. If they're separate tickets on the same airline, I'm not sure. Again, better to ask on the airlines board - or flyertalk.com.
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Old Jun 29th, 2009, 05:43 PM
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Make sure that the unused tickets are far enough in the future so the airlines doesn't know you aren't using them until you've gotten home.
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You won't have any problem, but I doubt that's really the cheapest way to do it. Find a travel agent (online or brick-and-mortar) that specializes in Asian travel, which may be able to put together cheaper one-way flights.
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