bcoz
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If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:13 am

Let's say, for the sake of discussion, I buy a one way ticket from DCA-GSP connecting in CLT. The DCA-GSP fare is much less expensive than a DCA-CLT fare. But, where I want to go may be a bit more convenient to CLT. So, I just don't get on the CLT-GSP segment. What happens?

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m11stephen
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:14 am

The rest of your itinerary may be canceled...
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bcoz
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:16 am

Quoting m11stephen (Reply 1):
The rest of your itinerary may be canceled...

In this particular scenario, I have no rest of my itinerary. We're talking about a one way ticket.

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ilovepabst
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:20 am

As long as you're not checking bags it's no big deal.
 
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:21 am

Quoting bcoz (Reply 2):

He's exactly right. The rest of your itinerary will be cancelled; the CLT-GSP leg.

A word of advice, airlines really don't like people doing this. You do it enough and you'll find yourself not being able to travel on US.

[Edited 2010-08-27 19:21:48]
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aviationitgirl
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:24 am

Nothing. Your ticket will be canceled. There's cancelation fees but I've never known an airline to go after them if it's just thrown away. Whereas if you were calling to cancel they'd charge you.

Don't check bags or else they'll be going to your booked final destination. And as a courtesy, if you can, let an agent know you won't be using your second segment, just so they don't waste time (and possibly delay the flight) looking for you.

This questioned has been asked, and answered, many times over on Yahoo! Answers. I would say "google it!" but A.net is a great community to ask aviation-related questions, so I can't really blame ya.

Have a great flight and good luck, I know I've looked up plenty of fares that were cheaper with a connection than with a non-stop.
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:25 am

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 4):
A word of advice, airlines really don't like people doing this. You do it enough and you'll find yourself not being able to travel on US.

I figured as much. I'll gladly fly the extra leg because I love to fly (and the legs involved aren't what I indicated), but from a logistical standpoint in terms of where to park and how to get here to there,.... I was just curious.

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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:31 am

Quoting bcoz (Reply 6):

Well I guess all of that is dependent on where you're going but as others have said, no huge deal. Especially since it's a one-way.
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:39 am

Quoting FlyASAGuy2005 (Reply 4):
You do it enough and you'll find yourself not being able to travel on US.

Discarding the last segment happens all of the time. While airlines do not like it, there is little they can do about it.
 
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:41 am

It used to be called Hidden Cities.
So I am assuming DCA-CLT was one flight and CLT-GSP was another and not a continuation on the same airframe.

Hidden Cities was very commonly used 15-20 years ago, before computers could track the missing sections of tickets.

I know of a friend who was using that technique to travel LAX-LAS-XXX then XXX-LAS-DFW as parts of two tickets to get from LAX to DFW. When he tried to board in LAS for the DFW portion of his flight the airline "captured" him up for a bit of a scolding for about 4-5 hours and gave him the option of paying walk up price of both portions of tickets or be put on that airlines no fly list. Whatever was said or happened he opted for the additional $1,200.00

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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:00 am

A friend wanted to fly DL ATL to ELP (round trip) but the fare was $700. Her husband found a $380 fare on DL if she flew BHM-ATL-ELP. So they drove two hours to BHM she flew back to ATL changed planes and flew to ELP. On the return trip when she was to change planes in ATL she just went home. No harm no foul and $320 in her pocket.

Airline ticket pricing is stupid.
 
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:07 am

Quoting 474218 (Reply 10):
No harm no foul and $320 in her pocket.

Airline ticket pricing is stupid.

Yes harm, yes foul, and it's not stupid. Your friend's ticket did not entitle her to a seat on a BHM-ATL flight plus a seat on an ATL-ELP flight; it entitled her to transport from BHM to ELP and back. If there is more demand for transport from ATL to ELP than from BHM to ELP (as I suspect there is), DL has every right to charge you more for the former. You may not like it, but customers don't get to tell businesses how to price their products. And taking something that you didn't pay for--as your friend did when she bought transport from ELP to BHM but took transport from ELP to ATL--is generally known as theft and/or fraud.
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RE: If You Don't Take Your Connecting Flight.....

Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:57 am

Quoting aviationitgirl (Reply 5):
And as a courtesy, if you can, let an agent know you won't be using your second segment, just so they don't waste time (and possibly delay the flight) looking for you.

Trust me, no airline is going to delay a flight for one passenger on a cheap Y ticket.

Not to mention that if you do tell an agent, they now have the responsibility to remove the second segment, which incurs a change fee + difference in fare. If you just say forget about it, they will still document the attempt the PNR, and it could get forwarded to their fraud division.

Quoting okie (Reply 9):
It used to be called Hidden Cities.

Still is in many COCs.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 10):

Airline ticket pricing is stupid.

Listen, you may be at the top of your particular food chain, but don't comment on things you have no clue about.

BHM-ELP is a completely different market than ATL-ELP. How you get there is mostly irrelevant to airline pricing schemes.
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