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12 January 2009 @ 07:28 pm
Is There Any Reason...  
That you can't buy a round-trip ticket, then conveniently forget to return on it?

Because the round-trip tickets are half the price of the one-way tickets to Japan. Any sort of travel advice for dealing with these sorts of situations?
 
 
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dragonet2dragonet2 on January 13th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I've heard of the airlines
assessing a penalty charge the next time you buy a ticket here in the U.S.

But that may or may not be fact or rumor.

just saying.
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on January 13th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Re: I've heard of the airlines
Well, it would have to be a $800 penalty to make up the difference.

Hmm.

Erin Cashiertherinth on January 13th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Do it!

I've done it before in the continental US. You can always call and say you're sick or something later, if you feel the need to fess up so someone else can get your seat.
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on January 13th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Hmm. I'm tempted. But I'm still worried that they might screw me somehow if I did something like that.

Maybe I should ask a travel agent.

thjazithjazi on January 13th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
The pain depends on the airline
For $800 I would do it.

Dont expect to get your money back for the unused flight. But you could also try and change the date once you are in Japan, paying the $75-150 change fee, and if they don't let you do it at least there is a record you tried.

Or you can just take a different airline home.

Avoid KAL- great service, lousy maintenance.

Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on January 14th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: The pain depends on the airline
Looks like (strangely enough) ANA might be about the cheapest option -- and doesn't overcharge like United for one way.

I want to stay in the network, though, since I'm collecting the miles (assuming the cost is even close -- and right now, I have status, so can get the better seats on United, although I'm losing that in a month and a half).

Air Canada is actually the cheapest, but there's just no way I'd fly Air Canada.
sf_readersf_reader on January 13th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Technically you are breaking the airlines rules and violating the terms of your contract with them.

But people do this often and while I spend a lot of time on travel forums, I have never seen mention of someone having an issue.
Douglas Triggs: astronomydoubt72 on January 14th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Yeah.

I'll keep looking, though. In the short term, with the excess capacity and falling gas prices, fares probably have a bit of dropping to go.
Dustybigmog on January 13th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
I did this exact tactic with United when I moved to Japan. Don't sweat it. Serves them right for charging more for a roundtrip ticket than for one way.
Douglas Triggs: atomsdoubt72 on January 14th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Yeah.