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Booking A Return Flight Without Returning?

Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:37 pm

A friend of mine is studying with me in Canada. He doesn't have a return flight booked to the UK yet, and is going to Florida over Xmas to see his family who will be vacationing there. He needs to get back to London in January, but all the one way flights I have found from either MCO, MIA and FLL are around te £500 mark. Booking a return flight however is abour £200 less. If he were to book a return, would he be able to get back to London with no fuss, or will there be problems. I know the airlines frown on this, but will US immigration frown on it: will they want to know why he is returning with no ticket to actually leave the US once he "gets back" later in the month? Also, are there any charter flights to the UK that he could get a one-way ticket on?

Any advice would be great!
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RE: Booking A Return Flight Without Returning?

Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:01 pm

Oneway tickets are generally more expensive than returns. So if you want to book on line and through wesbites, then book the cheapest return and just use oneway.

There may be other fares available for one way, but you'd really need the services of a travel agent for that.
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RE: Booking A Return Flight Without Returning?

Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:53 pm

US Immigration don't check your ticket or your booking when you leave - only when you arrive. They really don't care how you leave the USA as long as you go before your visa expires. Nosho-ing on the return leg of a journey is no problem, just don't tell the airline you intend not to use the return leg. Some of them get narky if you do that.
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RE: Booking A Return Flight Without Returning?

Mon Nov 22, 2004 5:57 pm

...and don't do it repeatedly, otherwise the airline may catch on to what you're doing. I've never had my return ticket checked by US immigration on the dozen or so times I've flown there. I know the rules say you should have it ready to show, but I've never been asked!

Thomsonfly supposedly fly to Orlando (SFB?) but don't list it on their site as a flight-only option.

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RE: Booking A Return Flight Without Returning?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:06 pm

Travel on UK Charter Flts into places like SFB must start in the UK or Europe. I tried to find out about non-reving on these and they said that even as a non-rev that my travel would have to start on the other side of the pond.

I would say look to an airline like Iceland Air - they're pretty cheap and DEP from most FL cities
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