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skip last leg of flight? good idea or bad idea?
I was scheduled to fly from DCA to OKC via IAH next week for a meeting. The meeting in OKC has been cancelled (coronavirus!), so I need to end my flight in IAH (for reasons I won’t go into). If I do a ticket change so I officially cancel the last leg (IAH->OKC), it will cost me $311. Or I can just get off my flight at IAH and leave the airport. I’ve never done that before, but I think the airlines get unhappy when people do that. So should I pay to change the flight or save the $$$ and just leave the airport. Any advice? Thanks!
What airline? United (a guess because of IAH)? United has in the past made a stink over this practice: [URL]https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/united-airlines-is-threatening-nasty-legal-action-against-a-customer-who-did-nothing-illegal.html[/URL]
But the guy to whom United sent the letter did it 38 times. Do it once and I am pretty sure you will be fine. Do you have status on UA? You may just want to be careful if you make it a habit.
FWIW, I may be doing this on an upcoming award trip: PHL – LGA/JFK – XXX – JFK/[B]LGA – PHL[/B]. I may skip the last LGA – PHL leg – it’s an overnight layover.
In short – you should almost be fine doing it this one time. Save the money and just skip it.
Agreed, if it’s your first time or even if you do it but rarely, you will be fine. Just make sure you don’t check a bag.
[QUOTE=”Clem, post: 68809, member: 2278″]Agreed, if it’s your first time or even if you do it but rarely, you will be fine. Just make sure you don’t check a bag.[/QUOTE]
Ah, yes, forgot to mention the bag part!
Also, if your original flight is DCA – IAH – OKC and then return to DCA, make sure you know that skipping IAH – OKC will also make your ticket back to DC void. Otherwise, +1 to all the other advice above!