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Old 03-25-2009, 11:52 PM
Location: kcmo
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That's my question.. nuts and bolts..

Here's the situation.. my sister is flying into D.C. on a fixed date.. and likely leaving on a fixed date.. but the problem is don't know from what location we'll be on that fixed date.. we will likely be in the new england area.. and a airport to send her back could be..

In.. Washington DC, New York, Philly, Toronto?, PA etc.

I guess I'm wondering about buying refundable tickets now in advance and then getting a refund.. or what other options are there.. if you don't have a clue which airport you may fly back on?
(trying to plan around saving money)
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Old 03-26-2009, 01:33 AM
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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First thing I know: if your sister has a ticket and doesn't show up at the appointed airport at the appointed gate at the appointed time on the appointed date for any flight, she'll forfeit the cost of that ticket, and she'll have to buy another ticket to get home.

This situation is new to you, but the airlines have managed it tens of thousands of times, and know how to do it. So if I were in your shoes, right away I'd phone the 800 number of the airline (or two or three different ones) I'm thinking of using, and explain WHY your sister can't be pinned down to a specific location. DON'T mention any possible courses of action ("She doesn't know whether to buy a ____ or a ____"). ASK the customer service person "What should we do?" and let them recommend (a) course(s) of action, and find out how much that course would cost, WHEN and HOW that ticket might be rearranged and how much such rearrangement would cost. Keep detailed notes from your conversations with each airline.

After your three phone calls, make a chart from your notes, and decide which course accommodates the situation best, eh? That's what I would do.
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