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    one-way flight vs. round trip.

    I'm frequently flyer but I don't know the answer to this: Sometimes round-trip is cheaper than one-way. If I wanted a one-way flight, could I instead by a round-trip and just not fly the second leg? Or is there some sort of penalty for not showing up? I wouldn't think there would be.


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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    My mother in law did this. She flew out here on a round trip ticket, but drove back with my wife's aunt. She's done that a few times. No penalties.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    I don't know for certain, but I don't think there's a penalty. Not sure how they would go about penalizing you anyway.

    My father-in-law and I were talking about something similar the other day. He mentioned that there have historically been several routes out of DSM where going to a destination other than the layover city, is cheaper than going directly to the layover itself.

    I think his example was Houston and Continental airlines. We wondered if you could go buy a cheaper ticket to somewhere else, but just not take the second leg.

    With all the new FAA regs and 9/11 security measures - it could be interesting coming back.

    Luggage was another issue.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    How can they penalize you?
    Tell them you had a change of plans, they can't force you to get on a plane.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    I've done it and was never penalized.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    I'm frequently flyer but I don't know the answer to this: Sometimes round-trip is cheaper than one-way. If I wanted a one-way flight, could I instead by a round-trip and just not fly the second leg? Or is there some sort of penalty for not showing up? I wouldn't think there would be.

    I have done this a few times, and I am not on the terrorist watchlist yet, so I assume it is fine.


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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    I have done this a few times, and I am not on the terrorist watchlist yet, so I assume it is fine.
    Now that you posted that term on a website, you are....



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    DON'T DO IT!

    The consequences of such a move are unbearable.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    My mother in law did this. She flew out here on a round trip ticket, but drove back with my wife's aunt. She's done that a few times. No penalties.
    I would've thought a round trip ticket to Metropolis would be expensive, plus a long drive back. Unless she was only driving to Gotham City, which is much closer to Metropolis than Des Moines is.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by CyinCo View Post
    I'm frequently flyer but I don't know the answer to this: Sometimes round-trip is cheaper than one-way. If I wanted a one-way flight, could I instead by a round-trip and just not fly the second leg? Or is there some sort of penalty for not showing up? I wouldn't think there would be.
    Should be OK if you just want a one-way flight. Just don't have any additional flight legs or return trips on the same ticket. I know people who have been stranded because when they missed a flight leg, the remainder of their itinerary was canceled out on them.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleClone View Post
    I would've thought a round trip ticket to Metropolis would be expensive, plus a long drive back. Unless she was only driving to Gotham City, which is much closer to Metropolis than Des Moines is.
    By the time she leaves I'm ready to throw her back.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Should be OK if you just want a one-way flight. Just don't have any additional flight legs or return trips on the same ticket. I know people who have been stranded because when they missed a flight leg, the remainder of their itinerary was canceled out on them.
    OK, cool. I didn't think there would be a problem. But you just never know anymore about the TSA and airlines.


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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    Yeah... as said above... the only issue is as soon as you miss a leg, the rest "legs" are canceled...

    I once got a cheaper ticket to fly to boston, but I had to go to S.F. then through MPLS even though I would rather have just gone to MPLS... I inquired, but if I showed up at MPLS my ticket would have already been canceled.



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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    My dad is a pilot and tells me this happens all of the time...no big deal. I had a friend who was doing a multi city trip to come see me in Dallas and a friend in Austin. She flew Minneapolis to Dallas, hung out for a few days, found out her friend was sick in Austin, so didn't get on her flight down there, or the one back through Dallas, and showed up for her flight from Dallas to MSP and it was all fine. Enjoy your trip!


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    Re: one-way flight vs. round trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Should be OK if you just want a one-way flight. Just don't have any additional flight legs or return trips on the same ticket. I know people who have been stranded because when they missed a flight leg, the remainder of their itinerary was canceled out on them.
    I had this happen to me a few weeks back. I was flying Northwest, but had booked it through Delta (codeshare). Northwest rebooked me and so did Delta. Northwest had me upgraded to first class and flying direct to where I was going, and Delta had me flying through JFK and getting there like 6 hours later. So of course I took the NW flight. Delta apparently didn't know about this, and cancelled out my return leg. They re-instated it when they found out, though.

    Yeah I don't think booking a roundtrip and only flying part of it bothers anyone. Nor does flying only one part of a multi-leg trip. Don't expect too many favors if you show up to fly back though.



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