The subject of endorsing tickets came up, and Northstarboy defined the practice as
|Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 29):|
basically, if you have a passenger traveling on a nonrefundable ticket, another airline won't accept that ticket unless Northwest "signs it over" or gives the other airline permission to accept it. Normally, if the ticket is not signed over or "endorsed" and the other airline accepts it anyway, they won't be paid by Northwest for the value of the transportation they provided the passenger, so it would be in effect like they're carrying that passenger for free. What Northwest is asking the other airlines is to accept a nonrefundable ticket, without Northwest actually signing it over, with the promise that even though the ticket has not been signed over, they'll get paid
I noticed that specific mention is made to nonrefundable tickets, and this made me curious about how the practice may differ with full-fare, fully-refundable tickets.
For example, since virtually all of my business travel is booked in 'Y' class inventory (Y1, YH, YL, or Y26 being the most common farebasises), specifically because it is fully refundable and fully changable -- does this mean that in irregular operations I could take my ticket to another airline, if necessary, without it being endorsed?
(Starting a new thread since it isn't entirely on topic for the original thread)