AF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2120 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2167 times:
How difficult is it to get away with throwing away coupons?
I have a friend in the US who wants to visit me in Paris. For some reason, fares to CDG are really high on AF, but using AF to LHR via CDG the fares are pretty reasonable. If she comes with carry-on only, can she just throw away the LHR coupons and come to Paris? I assume this isn't "legal" and if caught she might have problems, but the differential is like $1000 for the week she wants to visit.
Smi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1455 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2098 times:
I think I understand what you are asking please correct me if I am wrong, be careful coupons and boarding pass are different things, coupons are tickets, thus if you loose a coupon (unless of course its and e-ticket) doesn't matter to the airline, only means you probably wont travel. If you loose a boarding pass they can be re-printed, but if you are not planning on travelling you have wasted the staffs time when they try and find you, before departure.
I don't know how things work with AF, but if it was with my airline I don't see why when she checks in for the flight she couldn't simply ask to only be checked in only as far as CDG the first sector, not the second on carriage sector. Even with checked luggage, she then simply doesn't check back in at CDG she simply clears customs imigration as normal, only problem she may have is on the return flight, where her ticket states she is originating in LHR but again if that coupon is not used, it may simply appear in the booking as unused and they probably wont care.
I wouldn't recommend checking in right the way through with only carry on as you suggest as on the system is will appear she is travelling to LHR, AF may look for her and may even delay the flight. which is not fair for the AF staff who have to look for her and then offload her and the pax who may be delayed slightly due to this.
HPAEAA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1024 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
I don't know if this applies, but a guy at work was headed by train from London to Paris, when 1/2 way on the trip (hadn't left the UK) the train broke down and they were forced to bored another train... well, during this event a major issue back in London came up and he elected to stay on the broken train and head back to london... when he went to the ticket counter and tried to rebook his trip UK Police approached him because it's illegal to file your intent to cross boarders and not do so...
Personally don't know.. but this happened in march...
and it's also ticket fraud. Hidden city ticketing is a direct violation of the contract of carriage and will render the ticket null and void. The passenger will be required to purchase a new ticket, at the current fare, for the actual transportation used.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 71 Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
Quoting SkyguyB727 (Reply 7): The passenger will be required to purchase a new ticket, at the current fare, for the actual transportation used.
That, at least, is the theory.
In practice, this practically never happens - if ever at all.
In reality, the only result that'll come out of it with near absolute certainty is that any further segments will be cancelled, though I've seen cases where not even that happened. And then there's those court decisions, at least here in Germany, that prohibit airllines from doing just that... at least once the courts decisions are final. Will be interesting to see what happens then...
SANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 4967 posts, RR: 15 Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
Actually this prohibited practice is called "Point Beyond" ticketing. This used to be a huge problem and is probably not so much so anymore. It is still, however, not permitted. (There are not many ways to circumvent airlines' tariff rules that the carriers are not aware of. Most of them are covered quite well in their filed tariff rules.)
Fares apply for travel only between the points for which they are published. Tickets may not be issued at fares published to and/or from a more distant point than the points being traveled. When a passenger enplanes at an intermediate point the Northwest agent can verify that the passenger actually flew on the previous flight. If Northwest finds that the passenger did not travel on the previous flight, Northwest reserves the right to deny transportation to the passenger unless the difference between the fare paid and the applicable fare for the actual itinerary is collected."
"Prohibited Ticketing Practices
Our fares apply only to the specific itineraries for which they are quoted and the restrictions that apply to our discounted fares are an essential part of our contract with you. These restrictions make it possible for us to offer these discounted fares.
Failure to comply with applicable fare restrictions, circumventing those restrictions, or misrepresenting your intended itinerary are all violations of our Contract of Carriage.
While not an exclusive list, the following ticketing practices are prohibited:
Back-to-back ticketing---combining multiple overlapping round-trip tickets to circumvent Saturday or other overnight stay requirements.
Throw-away ticketing---use of discounted round-trip excursion fares for one-way travel. Point-beyond ticketing---use of a fare published for travel to a point beyond your actual intended destination or from a point before your actual intended origin.
In such cases where there is a violation of our Contract of Carriage, we reserve the right to:
Cancel the remainder of the itinerary and confiscate any unused flight coupons.
Refuse to board the passenger or check baggage. Charge the passenger for the difference between the fare paid and the fare for the passenger's traveled itinerary. "
Carriers -- as declared in the last sentence above -- have been known to CHARGE passengers for the actual route travelled (as differentiated from the TICKETED route.) I remember reading about cases of this happening many years ago when I was a working travel agent. It was rather rare but it DID happen.
For a r/t ticket such as you are suggesting (LAX-CDG-LHR-CDG-LAX) you could pretty much be guaranteed that ALL legs of the journey beyond the one that the passenger NO-SHOWED (CDG-LHR) would be cancelled. One-way tickets are therefore "easier" to try to get away with this sort of thing but usually the fare differences are not as great; and it is STILL prohibited.
For US domestic travel, this caused inconvenience at the least. With international travel, it is much more complicated as you have passport control, as well as potential security issues, to deal with. You are actually changing from "transit" passenger status (in your case, at CDG) to a "local" passenger (arriving at the airport, deplaning, and leaving the airport) possibly without the correct paper-work or authorization! (Obviously in the case of Paris and London, there probably would not be major problems but imagine trying it under a very high security alert or at some other airports...) When you show up to return home, you can find yourself in large-time trouble (since you technically never arrived there!)
My recommendation to anyone considering trying this: please DON'T!
BrianDromey From Ireland, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 3896 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1668 times:
Must your fried fly direct from her city of origin to Paris? If not she might try connecting via an intermediate city. If she is a skyteam frequent flyer it should be possible to fly via AMS on KL/NW or via LHR on DL/AF/NW or CO.
BA would have a multitude of options via LHR as would AA or UA. VS might also be an option. EI via dub or AF via SNN (on DL codeshare) might also be options.
If you know wha city she wants to fly from it would be a lot easier to come up with options for her.
Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)