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Round Trip air tickets and using only the outbound leg

Travel Forums General Talk Round Trip air tickets and using only the outbound leg

1. Posted by david gs (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I am trying to book Rome, Italy to Tampa Fl one way. The round trip air fare is less than the one way-no surprise there!
I know that the airlines tell you that if you do not use the return leg they will charge you the original one way fare. The question is.. Do they ever follow thru? And collect the additional money?

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

It honestly depends on the airline, but yes, some do follow through. If you have reserved your flight with a credit card, the additional charges can (and probably will be) charged to your account. You can try to fight the additional charges though you will have violated the airlines terms and conditions by not using the return flight. With today's economic situation, price of fuel, etc., the airlines are definitely doing everything they can to bring in revenue. Since some are now charging for pre-check-in seat assignments, meals/snacks and checked luggage, trying to collect the remainder of the money for the unused flight should be considered a real possibility.

If you were to book a RT ticket and not use the first part of the ticket, the return portion would be cancelled when you didn't show up for boarding.

Where's the logic?? Return fare cheaper than single!!
Flight Dilema Los Angeles/Houston/London

3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

I don't see why they would complain as they already have the money from you for a seat, if you tell them straight after you have flown the outward bound part of the ticket that you won't be using the return part, surely they can resell that ticket to someone else for full price so everyone wins? I have never heard of this before!

Why don't you call the airline you are thinking of booking with and ask them whether they would charge extra if you did this?

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 13, 2008, at 4:27 AM by loubylou ]