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Ethics Question: Buying a Round Trip Ticket and Planning to Use Only Half.

Ethics Question: Buying a Round Trip Ticket and Planning to Use Only Half.

Old Aug 21st, 2008, 02:58 PM
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...oops some accountant I am...

$238 x 2 is $476, not $576...a much better deal than I envisioned.

Don't take time to correct me....it is the fault of this stupid bulletin board that doesn't allow you, which most modern bulletin boards do, to edit your answers!

(Fodors...it's about time you entered the 21st century)...
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Old Aug 21st, 2008, 05:46 PM
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You can edit posts.

Hit the back button to take you back to the box in which you typed your post, click on 'preview my reply' which will take you to a screen allowing you to 'edit' 'delete' or 'post my reply.'

If you previewed your post and used the edit button before hitting 'post my reply' to post, then your subsequent use of the back button will take you back to the 'edit' 'delete' screen.
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Old Aug 21st, 2008, 07:22 PM
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...once I've posted???

I'm much better at catching my typos after I post smething and re-read it 5 minutes later...when I type, I tend to take things for granted...for example on my lousy math I didn't realize I didn't know how to multiply $238 by 2 until 5 minutes after I posted it...

Sorry..like I said, many of the more modern message boards I post on give you the opportunity at any time to edit your pst whether it be 5 minutes later or 24 hours later...a much better way to do it.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 03:18 AM
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xyz: You raise an interesting point when you mention tariff "rules" and obeying them.

Are obeying rules and being ethical the same things? I would argue no. Rules can be arbitrary. Ethics are ethics,
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Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 04:01 AM
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j_999_9 wrote "Ethics are ethics".

And a deal's a deal.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 04:20 AM
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Oh boy, I can get involved in this too...

1) Do airlines overbook? Essentially selling something they do not have.

2) If you have a ticket and miss the flight, do the airlines always refund your ticket price? Or do they take your money and sell the product again.

3) I once purchased 3 tickets for two of us to travel, simply because I wanted more room. The flight was full and the gate agent "took" my extra seat and gave it to one of their overbooked passengers. I got no compensation, even though I paid for it.

4) There is nothing unethical about buying something and not using any or all of it, regardless of the price. It is called free will.

5)There is something unethical and illegal about selling something you know you do not have. It is called fraud.

6) If I buy a 7 day tourist card allowing for entry into 12 sites, am I obligated to go to all sites? After all the card is cheaper than individual admission prices.

7) The airline is OBLIGATED to provide you with passage. You have the OPTION of taking that passage.

8) And no, I would not contact them in advance to tell them I'm not going on one leg. Why should I? Do they call me to tell me they sold my seat twice due to overbooking?

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Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 06:17 AM
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davegt;>And a deal's a deal.<<
Absolutely. The rub is in defining what the "deal" is. As mentioned earlier, there doesn't appear to be any commitment on the part of the buyer to use any or all of the service purchased. But maybe you see it otherwise. I'd appreciate it if you could show me where the "deal" is defined otherwise.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 07:09 AM
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I agree with 999

The airlines have a bunch of MBAs sitting around working out the best pricing strategies. Offering different prices for the same product is a marketing strategy. The lower price is offered as an incentive. Not allowing cancellations or trip changes (without high fees) is another type of strategy.

The consumer has a right to figure out the best price for a product or service, and pay it. There is no MORAL obligation to pay a higher price, when other options are available, especially when the pricing rules depend on stating your intention to actually use the product.

It would be polite to call the company and let them know you will not be flying a particular time, so they can resell the seat; and this may save you some scrutiny in future trips. But it is not a matter of morality.

If buying a ticket and not using part of it is immoral, is buying a ticket and staying home even more immoral?
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Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 08:59 AM
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A few years ago my daughter was working in Rome as an au pair - when she left the USA in January for Italy, she had a round trip ticket with a return scheduled for October.

Her sister decided in March to get married that summer(in August), and my daughter was the maid of honor, so she needed to return to the USA early.

We called the airline (BA, as I recall) and asked if we could change the return date of the flight. They said, yes, but it was going to cost way more than buying a whole new round trip ticket on American Airlines, which is what we did.

We kept the return segment of the BA flight, and purchased a round trip on American Airlines with a return to Europe in December, in case our daughter wanted to fly back for a few months, using the "return" segment of both flights.

As it turned out, she decided to go back to college in September and she didn't end up using the return segment of either reservation. We were never contacted nor asked to pay the full one-way fare for either flight .
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