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I have a return flight booked for next week, if I miss the outward flight can I still use the return flight?

Keith0 Avatar
3y, 4m agoPosted 3 years, 4 months ago
It's with Flybe, they allow you to change the booking but for a £30 fee when the flights only added up to £36. I might take a detour now and go visit a friend but still travel up and catch the return flight home. What are their stances on passengers doing this?
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3y, 4m agoPosted 3 years, 4 months ago
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I do it quite often, no problem, they are actually 2 flights, one out, and one in.
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I do it quite often, no problem, they are actually 2 flights, one out, and one in.


I wish that is the case with Open jaw flights.
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I don't know about Flybe but many airlines automatically cancel the return flight if a booked passenger doesn't use the outbound flight.
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I don't know about Flybe but many airlines automatically cancel the return flight if a booked passenger doesn't use the outbound flight.



I have never come across one.

Which airlines do that ?
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I don't know about Flybe but many airlines automatically cancel the return flight if a booked passenger doesn't use the outbound flight.


I have never come across one.

Which airlines do that ?

I think Easyjet do, and a friend missed a flight with KLM a while back - flew with another airline and then found that the return flight had been automatically cancelled by KLM.
Best to check with airline concerned.
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Turquoise
I don't know about Flybe but many airlines automatically cancel the return flight if a booked passenger doesn't use the outbound flight.


I have never come across one.

Which airlines do that ?

I think Easyjet do, and a friend missed a flight with KLM a while back - flew with another airline and then found that the return flight had been automatically cancelled by KLM.
Best to check with airline concerned.
easy jet do not
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I don't know about Flybe but many airlines automatically cancel the return flight if a booked passenger doesn't use the outbound flight.



I have never come across one.

Which airlines do that ?


I think Easyjet do, and a friend missed a flight with KLM a while back - flew with another airline and then found that the return flight had been automatically cancelled by KLM.
Best to check with airline concerned.



You " think " wrong then..
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I don't know about Flybe but many airlines automatically cancel the return flight if a booked passenger doesn't use the outbound flight.
I have never come across one.Which airlines do that ?

Virtually all airlines will cancel the unused segments of your ticket if you no show, the main exception being many budget carriers who do not actually sell you a return ticket, instead they issue two one way tickets ;)



Edited By: kiwikeen on Jul 24, 2013 12:26
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I don't know about Flybe but many airlines automatically cancel the return flight if a booked passenger doesn't use the outbound flight.
I have never come across one.Which airlines do that ?


Virtually all airlines will cancel the unused segments of your ticket if you no show, the main exception being many budget carriers who do not actually sell you a return ticket, instead they issue two one way tickets ;)




That would include " Flybe " as a budget carrier then.

The majority of airlines are budget carriers these days.
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That would include " Flybe " as a budget carrier then.The majority of airlines are budget carriers these days.

It may include Flybe

It doesn't really matter how you crunch the numbers, the low cost / budget airlines are still very much in the minority ;)
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kiwikeen
Virtually all airlines will cancel the unused segments of your ticket if you no show, the main exception being many budget carriers who do not actually sell you a return ticket, instead they issue two one way tickets ;)

I've never come accross this. Have you experienced it personally?

I've flown this way with KLM, United Airlines and Iceland Air without them cancelling the return. Granted a few years back each.


Edited By: Hansi on Jul 24, 2013 12:56
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That would include " Flybe " as a budget carrier then.The majority of airlines are budget carriers these days.


It may include Flybe

It doesn't really matter how you crunch the numbers, the low cost / budget airlines are still very much in the minority ;)



Not at most regional airports they are not, indeed, most regional airports would struggle to survive without them. I would estimate over 90% are budget at my local airport.
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I've never come accross this. Have you experienced it personally?I've flown this way with KLM, United Airlines and Iceland Air without them cancelling the return. Granted a few years back each.

It's fairly standard practise throughout the industry, I've come across it more often that I care to think about, I used to travel on a very regular basis, I even had two UK passports and one other to assist with visas.

I've received warnings from several airlines for not using the return legs of flights, return tickets are on occasion cheaper that one ways ;)

Some airlines actually charge you for not taking flights, I'm sure one was Thai airlines on a domestic leg and the other was a domestic American carrier, I can't remember which one.

If you were allowed to use your return legs after a no show on any of the previous sections it was probably down to the airline not logging stuff correctly, their systems are much more automated these days, there's no way I'd turn up at an airport after skipping a leg on a ticket and expect to actually be boarded without shelling out some more cash.

There systems are so interlinked it's actually getting hard for travel agents to hold seats for you, if you're not firm on your destination and have several seats held, with the same airline, for different flights it's not uncommon for the airline to cancel those reservations.

The only reason many of the budget airlines don't do it is because they can't, their use of one way ticketing, to avoid various obligations ;) means you have separate tickets, missing one therefore has no implications for other tickets you hold.






Edited By: kiwikeen on Jul 24, 2013 14:03: .
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That would include " Flybe " as a budget carrier then.The majority of airlines are budget carriers these days.
It may include Flybe It doesn't really matter how you crunch the numbers, the low cost / budget airlines are still very much in the minority ;)
Not at most regional airports they are not, indeed, most regional airports would struggle to survive without them. I would estimate over 90% are budget at my local airport.

I'm glad I don't live near you 8)
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That would include " Flybe " as a budget carrier then.The majority of airlines are budget carriers these days.
It may include Flybe It doesn't really matter how you crunch the numbers, the low cost / budget airlines are still very much in the minority ;)
Not at most regional airports they are not, indeed, most regional airports would struggle to survive without them. I would estimate over 90% are budget at my local airport.


I'm glad I don't live near you 8)



Says the member that posted a Ryanair Flight Deal.(_;)
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That would include " Flybe " as a budget carrier then.The majority of airlines are budget carriers these days.
It may include Flybe It doesn't really matter how you crunch the numbers, the low cost / budget airlines are still very much in the minority ;)
Not at most regional airports they are not, indeed, most regional airports would struggle to survive without them. I would estimate over 90% are budget at my local airport.


I'm glad I don't live near you 8)



Says the member that posted a Ryanair Flight Deal.(_;)

LOL - owned :)

It is out of order for the airline selling on a return ticket just because you didnt use the outward leg. For all they know, you may have missed that flight and just got on a later one with the cheapest airline.




Edited By: csiman on Jul 24, 2013 14:34
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That would include " Flybe " as a budget carrier then.The majority of airlines are budget carriers these days.
It may include Flybe It doesn't really matter how you crunch the numbers, the low cost / budget airlines are still very much in the minority ;)
Not at most regional airports they are not, indeed, most regional airports would struggle to survive without them. I would estimate over 90% are budget at my local airport.
I'm glad I don't live near you 8)
Says the member that posted a Ryanair Flight Deal.(_;)
LOL - owned :)It is out of order for the airline selling on a return ticket just because you didnt use the outward leg. For all they know, you may have missed that flight and just got on a later one with the cheapest airline.

That is exactly the scenario they are trying to avoid ;) If you were able to purchase tickets and only use selected legs it would destroy their pricing strategies, it was easily done 20 years ago hence the steps they take to prevent it now.

If you actually read the conditions of carriage for virtually all the worlds airlines they will all have terms similar to these :

Para. 3. Coupon Sequence.

(a) Carrier will honour flight coupons, or in the case of an electronic ticket, an electronic coupon, only in sequence from the place of departure as shown on the ticket.

(b) The ticket may not be valid and Carrier may not honour the passenger’s ticket if the first flight coupon, or in the case of an electronic ticket, an electronic coupon, for international travel has not been used and the passenger commences his journey at any stopover or agreed stopping place.

(c) Each flight coupon, or in the case of an electronic ticket, an electronic coupon, will be accepted for carriage in the class of service specified therein on the date and flight for which accommodation has been reserved. When flight coupons, or in the case of an electronic ticket, an electronic coupon, are issued without a reservation being specified thereon, space will be reserved on application subject to the conditions for the relevant fare and the availability of space on the flight applied for.

(d) Where applicable, the passenger coupon and all unused flight coupons not previously surrendered to Carrier shall be retained by the passenger throughout his journey and shall be produced and the applicable flight coupons surrendered to Carrier at Carrier’s request.

(e) If the passenger fails or has failed to use the flight coupons, or in the case of an electronic ticket, the electronic coupon, in sequence, Carrier is entitled to recompute the fares in accordance with Carrier’s Regulations for the use of said coupons and the passenger is liable to pay to Carrier any difference between the recomputed fares and the fares already paid by or due from the passenger.



Just ask anyone who was a regular traveller 10+ years ago how brilliant the round the world ticketing used to be :( You could hop around the world business class, 20+ destinations, for less than the cost of three or four individual flights oO

Edited By: kiwikeen on Jul 24, 2013 15:02
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That would include " Flybe " as a budget carrier then.The majority of airlines are budget carriers these days.
It may include Flybe It doesn't really matter how you crunch the numbers, the low cost / budget airlines are still very much in the minority ;)
Not at most regional airports they are not, indeed, most regional airports would struggle to survive without them. I would estimate over 90% are budget at my local airport.
I'm glad I don't live near you 8)
Says the member that posted a Ryanair Flight Deal.(_;)

There's nothing too wrong with budget carriers for short haul flights within Europe, you'll certainly pay a hefty premium if you want to fly business on BA into Europe and receive stuff all in return. Bland food, average service and a border fast track service that only works well at a few airports ;)
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it has happened to my mum, booked return flight, didnt use the outbound. turned up at the airport on the return leg to be told they had sold her ticket as she hadnt used the outbound. to make it worse the flight was full, and had to fly back the next day.

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