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Possible To Book On Return Flight Just Arrived On?

Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:53 pm

Hello all,

I had some difficulties trying to think of a clear thread topic.

Anyway, I have been absent for some time for numerous reasons including me organising our move back to Ireland after 17 years living abroad.

My question here is, my wife will be going to Spain for a few months so I can get everything set up in Ireland, and due to a very tight schedule with furniture removals and signing sale of our house here in Spain, and as we have a 4 month old baby (plus our 4 year old son) she wants me to accompany her on the flight from Toulouse to Madrid, which doesn't suit me at all due to loading a container for shipping of our furniture the previous day, then the drive back to Dublin and some other things.
So my mother-in-law has offered to come and accompany her, but she cannot overnight.

The question is we will be be booking Easyjet to Madrid and I want to know if it would be possible in your opinion for my mother-in-law to fly MAD - TLS and simply return on the return flight she just arrived on back to MAD with my wife and sons?

I have emailed EZY, and will check at their desk tomorrow at TLS.

It won't allow me book such a flight online as the "departure is less than 2 hours after arrival", but if I were to book her 2 one-way tickets, print boarding passes online, obviously clear it with EZY in advance as given the speed at which EZY boards it's flights after arrival, even though TLS is small, I don't think she'd have time to come through arrivals, go upstairs, and back through security to gate in time for the departure. Do you think they may allow her do this if I explain the matter in advance. Since we're within the Schengen area, all EU citizens, there's no immigration problems.

Thanks for any advice.

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RE: Possible To Book On Return Flight Just Arrived

Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:43 pm

The best way to avoid any kind of inconveniences in this particular case is to contact the EZ helpdesk (which has already been the case here)

I've seen some FR pax trying to do the same thing just a few months ago. Considering the short FR turnover time, however, he was denied upon trying to "reboard" the ac. (Check in Closure is 40 min. prior to dept. - gates, however, close ten minutes later)

Again, it depends on the carrier policies - check in / gate closure times, general turnover time etc. -
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RE: Possible To Book On Return Flight Just Arrived

Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:18 am

Yes, you can do it as long you have your boarding passes printed out through the online check in.
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RE: Possible To Book On Return Flight Just Arrived

Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:42 pm

I've done it a number of times in the USA. If it's on one ticket you can often print boarding cards at the same time. A couple of airlines websites will have a pop-up when booking that asks if you are sure that you want to book a return so close to the arrival.

The one time it raised eyebrows was when I flew US SYR-PHL-MUC-PHL-SYR. I was in Germany for 4 hours and never left the airport in MUC. Upon checkin for the return, the agents were a little unsure about me - but I explained that I like to fly, had time and money, and it was a pleasant experience. They did search my carry on 4 times (including after I boarded the a/c) - I'm guessing out of an abundance of caution (and yes, this was post 9/11).

This type of thing happens quite often with people that do mileage runs...
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RE: Possible To Book On Return Flight Just Arrived

Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:20 am

I'm racking my brains here trying to remember if it's definitely the case for the older terminals at MAD, but I seem to recall that Schengen flights empty into the departure lounge area not a separate channel leading directly to immigration, and that she could therefore just join the back of the queue to get straight back on that aircraft. I know it's the case at BCN because I've done it many times, at MAD I've flown FR in from MRS and I think passengers exited into the lounge, but I was very tired so could easily be mistaken. Hopefully one of the MAD locals will be able to confirm/deny this for you.

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RE: Possible To Book On Return Flight Just Arrived

Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:47 pm

Dear all,

Many thanks for all your help!

Dan you are indeed right to an extent regarding MAD, but it depends what part of T1 you arrive at (which is the terminal used by EZY and FR), at some gates you indeed arrived into the departure area, yet on other ones you don't.

Nevertheless, the change of planes here was actually going to be in little TLS.

Well I sent Easyjet an email 7 days ago now, and read their warning NOT to send them a second email and that they were experiencing delays in answering, and 7 days later still no response.

I spoke with a rep the the ground-handling agent in charge of EZY at TLS and he advised against it. He said that the turn-around times are just too short and that it would be very tight. He did agree it would be possible for her to do it, arrive in arrivals area, go upstairs to departures, clear security and make it to the flight, but obviously if she were delayed for any reason, she'd miss the flight or be denied boarding for turning up late and we'd have to buy a new ticket and as he himself put it "I'd get stuck with the mother-in-law with me here in TLS for a night" LOL

Anyway, today the plans changed regarding the move and it transpired my container would be shipped from Bilbao and may arrive in Dublin just 3 days later instead of the originally quoted 15 days, so I've decided to spend the weekend in Spain myself and return to Dublin in case the container does arrive on Monday. And then just fly to Toulouse again a week or so later to drive the car back to Dublin then. Not a bad plan in the end as a I get an extra couple of flights in! And I'll be more rested for the drive than immediately after organising the move and loading the container next Thursday.

Thanks again to all of you who answered.

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