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No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

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No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

I booked a roundtrip flight on United, going to South America. My work schedule changed slightly and I can actually spend more time on the trip, which I'd like to do.

United would charge a $300 change fee for this flight, plus the difference between the original ticket and the (now) new ticket price, I'd end up paying something close to $400 to make the change.

Interestingly, I can book a one-way return ticket for $150 plus use some miles (only 20,000) on the day I'd prefer to return.

If I did this, I simply wouldn't show up for my initial return flight on the roundtrip itinerary, and would instead use the one way ticket to return a few days later. This would save me quite a bit of money. I don't expect a refund for the unused portion of the initial roundtrip fare.

I can't figure out if there's a downside this or if I'm going to cause some sort of problem?

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42. Re: No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

It is not against the T&Cs to miss a flight and buy a new ticket. It just isn't. You find me something in the T&Cs that says you're not allowed to miss a flight, and I'll eat my hat. Seriously. This is just getting silly.

Missing a flight is NOT the same as hidden city ticketing. They are TWO SEPARATE THINGS. If anything, buying a replacement ticket makes him LESS likely to be accused of hidden city ticketing, because it's clear that that's not what he's doing.

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43. Re: No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

And, Geo, if you took Economics 101 then you know that the $400 change fee can't be sunk if it isn't spent yet. Sorry, you've misunderstood the lesson. It a choice of $400 or $150 and miles. No sunk cost to compare.

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44. Re: No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

Wow, this is entertaining. I missed so many flights. There must be a big invoice waiting for me somewhere.

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46. Re: No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

"At a nominal 2 cents per mile, the 20,000 miles plus the $150 comes to $550 for your new ticket, yet you calculate that the cost of changing your return is about $400."

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I don't get it.

The original round trip flights are already fully paid for, so if the OP decides not to take the return flight, forfeits the fare paid for the return, then pays again to buy a new flight on a later date giving up some FF miles in the process, the airline wins.

If he processes an exchange on the original tickets for a later return flight , UA gets paid $400 and still wins.

Either way, United comes out ahead, why would would that make them upset???

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47. Re: No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

if points expire it may be more prudent to use them instead of cash....as time marches on the fare difference is probably going up so may well cost more than $400 now

(watching to see when this thread gets closed...like most do in here)

Edited: 23 December 2013, 07:58
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48. Re: No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

Normally there wouldn't be any problem booking a separate single flight, however OP may come to the notice of the airline in a couple of ways

1) If the ORIGINAL flight was cheaper as a return than a one way

2) Using points for the one way "return".

None of us know what the computers are set up to detect and how they & the people who read the reports will react

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49. Re: No show the return leg of a round trip, take a one-way later

"Either way, United comes out ahead, why would would that make them upset???"

In this case they wouldn't be. This scenario happens all the time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing what the OP is doing. You have every right to choose the best option for you if your circumstances change. This is *not* a case of hidden-city ticketing. It is a situation which has happened to many of us where our plans change and we look for the best options. United made an offer of a certain amount for the change. There is no reason the OP has to accept that offer if he is happy not to use the remainder of his ticket and simply throw it away, since he can find a better deal elsewhere.

I don't think any company would have a leg to stand on if they tried to penalise someone for simply buying something and then choosing not to use it. That is basically what is happening here, which is quite different from buying at ticket from A-B-C because it's cheaper than one from A-B while intending only to fly from A-B.

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