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Old 09-10-2008, 06:09 PM
 
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I've got a ticket on AA from RDU-TUL-RDU. My change of plans is getting me to Tulsa another way - but I still need to get home. If I skip out on my RDU-TUL leg, will I still be able to show up and get the TUL-RDU leg of the flight? I'm scared to call AA and have them flag something in my reservation...

Thoughts?
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:22 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Yes, they will cancel it. There used to be a thing called "hidden city fares" (not what your doing though). Where say your flying from Dallas to Seattle but it is over $1K rt. But if you booked it from Tyler (small town east of Dallas) thru DFW and then to Seattle it was MUCH cheaper. Some people would drive to that other town and take the connection while others would call and say they got to DFW and just needed the 2nd leg and the return. Then on the return they would simply just get off the plane but not take the connection onto their "final" destination. Just could not check any luggage. Now they are smart to all of this and it won't work.

You would have to call AA and ask what you can do. You don't want to lose the flight home. You might have to pay a change fee and might not be worth it. They WILL cancel your second leg of the ticket though if you don't show up for your first leg.
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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They will cancel the return flight. The computer does this automatically.
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Grapevine Texas
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AA will cancel you in a NEW YORK Minute!!!!

Call reservations for the formalities on changing.

It will cost yo but at least you will have a way home.
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Old 09-11-2008, 12:09 PM
 
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They will cancel the return and you're correct, if you call them about it, they may note your reservation that you were advised. Since this is your outbound, most airlines, if you make any changes, will reprice the ticket at today's cost. Depending on the fare, you may just want to purchase a one way ticket home and use the other ticket as a credit (plus penalty) on a future trip.

Otherwise hope for another hurricane in the Carolinas during your time of travel and they may adjust your ticket.
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Old 09-11-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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What I thought about doing is when I get to Tulsa on Tuesday from Las Vegas on Southwest Airlines - go right to the AA ticket counter and explain to them the issue - that I got here early because of other work in Las Vegas, etc, etc, and see what they do. Maybe being there in person and being really nice will help....
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Sverige och USA
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I wouldn't wait until the last minute. First, they won't have any sympathy especially since they will have cancelled the return portion. You will probably be forced to book a last minute 1 way fare which will be ridiculously expensive. If you deal with it now, at least you can have some options, i.e, switch airlines, cancel for credit, etc. However, once you're in the airport, your options will be limited. Good luck.
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:13 PM
 
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Airlines look out for this because people try playing games with multi-leg connections to get lower airfare. It doesn't work - as people have noted the airline system easily and quickly cancels your next leg if you don't show up for the first.
I very much doubt going to the counter to look for a sympathetic airline employee will help because 1.) it's all system controlled, and 2.) employees are given less and less leeway to give customers a break due to airline financial difficulties and, lets face it, overworked, surly, and fed-up airline employees.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong
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definitely, it will be cancled. Just make a call to AA.
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Old 09-24-2008, 09:53 AM
 
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I am in a similar situation...Flying from LGA to DTW.

I live closer to PHL than LGA. But I had to book a ticket from LGA on USAirways becuz I was getting it way cheaper.

I flew from LGA to PHL and then to DTW. On my return trip from DTW, can I get off at PHL and skip the flight to LGA from PHL.

Thanks for your comments..
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