JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10 Posted (15 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2012 times:
I have a DAY-MIA flight scheduled that connects in ORD. I took this last minute to avoid US Airway shutdown. I live closer to Chicago than Dayton, but the fare was cheaper than ORD-MIA direct. Would it be a big problem if I just drove to ORD and took the 2nd leg? I've never done that before and wonder if its a real problem. I would probably have to explain that I would want my bags offloaded in ORD on the way home instead of DAY. Anyone ever done this before?
Purdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1955 times:
Unless you are on a full fare ticket, and I suspect you aren't, the airline will almost certainly cancel your reservation when you fail to present yourself in Dayton. If you do choose to show up in Chicago before your flight was scheduled to depart Dayton or to call the airline about this, they will almost certainly charge you an "add collect fee." This would represent:
1) the difference between the fare you paid to depart from Dayton and the higher fare you would have paid to depart from Chicago
2) the difference between whatever advanced purchase discount fare you bought and the lowest fare available for your flight now.
In other words, if you show up in Chicago to do this, you will probably wind up paying full fare for your trip. In the eyes of the airline, they sold you transportation between Dayton and Miami, and the stop in Chicago means nothing. Should you choose not to travel between Dayton and Miami, they have no responsibility to accommodate you.
JET_A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1941 times:
I completely agree with Purdue Arrow. If you do not check in at Dayton, the airline does not have a responsibility to board you in Chicago. You purchased a ticket from Dayton to Miami, not Chicago to Miami. I see this happen all the time in Denver, where people will manage to get a cheaper fare from Colorado Springs, and when they try and check in here, they are not too happy. Don't think you are fooling the airline; we've seen better scams before. Call the airline and check your particular fare rules.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (15 years 11 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
I am not trying to scam anyone, don't get me wrong. I thought of this after purchasing the tickets. The very reason I posted this question was to find out if this was acceptible per airlines, because I play by the rules. I thought maybe if I bought a seat, that seat stays empty regardless if I show up or not, just like at a sporting event, and I can choose to fill it at any point of the travel. But from what you are all saying, they may and will resell my seat. No sweat; knowing that, I will just go to DAY. Thanks for all your responses.