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What If I Skip My Flight On Purpose?  
User currently offlineAyubogg From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2007, 218 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 17369 times:

My question arises because I booked a retrurn trip to Stuttgart, Germany to visit a friend. My dates are from the 7th of July to the 22nd of the same month. Soon after booking a non-refundable, non-changeable ticket, my friend tells me she can only have me in her house till the 14th.  banghead 

Well I moved mountains and oceans trying to find a solution for this issue. My return trip included a connection in LHR so I came up with the idea of calling the airline and asking if my flight from STR to LHR could be moved up to the 14th and spending some time in my favorite city before catching my flight back to SEA from LHR on the 22nd. Simply put: just change one sector of my itinerary; an eight-day lay-over.

The airline said this would cost me over $900!!!! I know! I almost collapsed.  eek 

Well then I said, I'll just buy a return ticket from STR to LHR on the 14th and returning on the 22nd to catch my original flight back home on that same day. This was a cheaper option at $127. However I came up with an even cheaper option. And hence my question arises:

What if I bought a one-way to LHR from STR on the 14th, skip my flight on the 22nd from STR to LHR and just catch my LHR-SEA on the 22nd and go on home? Can I do it? Can I just check in online with NW without checking in for my BA STR-LHR? I am not looking for them to give me a voucher or refund for "missing" that flight (although that would be nice) but it is a much better option and much cheaper at just $56. Will I be questioned about this by the airline's employees in LHR or even worse, when entering the UK will Customs and Immigration ask why I have a one-way ticket and not let me in?

Any input is greatly appreciated and thanks for all your help.

Peace in the Middle East!

-Ayubogg


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User currently offlineShannoninAMA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 17363 times:



Quoting Ayubogg (Thread starter):
skip my flight on the 22nd from STR to LHR and just catch my LHR-SEA on the 22nd and go on home?

My main worry would be, if you booked the ticket and missed the first flight, they might void or cancel the ticket for the 2nd? Ive heard thats why people dont skip flights often.




Any other input on the issue? I am curious as well.



Shan Big grin


User currently offlinePDXBJV From Turkey, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 17363 times:

I do not believe you can do this. There have been a couple questions like this that have been answered on anet, and I do believe everyone agreed that if you do not check in for your first leg, the STR-LHR leg, the rest of your itinerary gets canceled.

I think I'm right........maybe not!!



TK787 PDX-BJV direct????
User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 17347 times:

as stated by everyone else, but anyway simply put, if STR-LHR is a different confirmation number than LHR-SEA then yea will be able to skip the first flight. But if it is all on one confirmation number then as soon as you miss the first leg the rest of the ticket is cancelled.

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 2927 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 17343 times:

If it is on the same booking, your whole flight will be cancelled (unless someone can prove me wrong). Think you will either have to stay there or fly a return to LHR, but you must fly the STR-LHR leg (or you could just buy a whole new ticket all the way to SEA)

I wouldn't risk it.

Getting into England from Germany with a one-way ticket is no problem, they are both in the EU and you do have a ticket onwards to the US.

-CXfirst



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 17325 times:



Quoting PDXBJV (Reply 2):
I do not believe you can do this. There have been a couple questions like this that have been answered on anet, and I do believe everyone agreed that if you do not check in for your first leg, the STR-LHR leg, the rest of your itinerary gets canceled.

That sums it up. Miss one segment, the others after that segment get cancelled - at least if...

Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 3):
as stated by everyone else, but anyway simply put, if STR-LHR is a different confirmation number than LHR-SEA then yea will be able to skip the first flight. But if it is all on one confirmation number then as soon as you miss the first leg the rest of the ticket is cancelled.

... though it's not really a "confirmation number" that's relevant. What is relevant is whether the segments were issued on one ticket, i.e. is it a fare from SEA to STR that you bought, or did you buy one ticket from SEA to LHR and another one from LHR to STR? Both tickets could still have been issued from the same PNR and you'd still not be risking a cancellation of LHR-SEA, but if both are on the same ticket, you're simply out of luck.

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 4):
If it is on the same booking, your whole flight will be cancelled (unless someone can prove me wrong).

See above...  Wink

Same booking = same PNR = irrelevant.
Same PNR, separate tickets = no problem.
Same PNR, one ticket = problem.



Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17312 times:

It appears to be booked all on the same ticket.

Quoting Ayubogg (Thread starter):
What if I bought a one-way to LHR from STR on the 14th, skip my flight on the 22nd from STR to LHR and just catch my LHR-SEA on the 22nd and go on home? Can I do it?

Conjuring with others here: If you do not show up for a segment to be flown, ALL of the later flights on the same ticket will get cancelled.
You will have to start your return flight to SEA (resp. EUG) at STR.
Looks like you were not in too big fortune with this a bit strange routing.
Anyway, enjoy your time over here in old Europe.

Quoting Ayubogg (Thread starter):
when entering the UK will Customs and Immigration ask why I have a one-way ticket and not let me in?

No problem with one-way tickets (for European and U.S. citizens).
-HT



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