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Old Jun 1, 12, 5:42 pm   #1
 
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Is this back-to-back ticketing?

Live in SAN trying to go to LAS 2 days in a row.
There is a UA fare leaving SAN Monday morning coming back Tues evening for $140
Then there is a US fare leaving LAS Monday evenng coming back Tues morning.

I know that usually back-to-back would mean that you are doing 2 tickets but use different legs of those tickets for different returns. Since they are two separate carriers though... Idk. What say you?
The only reason I even care is that they will see it cuz of the miles.
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Old Jun 1, 12, 5:49 pm   #2
 
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As long as you are not trying to avoid a minimum stay requirement I don't see any problem with this.
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Old Jun 1, 12, 6:02 pm   #3
 
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Well - obviously the $140 UA fare would require me to stay at least one day (since it IS more expensive if I book the 2 trips separately).

However, since these are two separate companies, I don't see how any minimum stay requirement could be imposed. I looked at COC and MP Rules, and there is nothing. I called UA and they looked into it, and all they found was rules applicable to UA ticket stock. They said it would be ok to book it... We shall see
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Old Jun 1, 12, 6:22 pm   #4
 
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Well - obviously the $140 UA fare would require me to stay at least one day (since it IS more expensive if I book the 2 trips separately).

However, since these are two separate companies, I don't see how any minimum stay requirement could be imposed. I looked at COC and MP Rules, and there is nothing. I called UA and they looked into it, and all they found was rules applicable to UA ticket stock. They said it would be ok to book it... We shall see
Not necessarily true re: stay requirements. I assume you are flying on the GAG21KN fare basis ($49++ = $70 dirt cheap by the way thanks Spirit and Allegiant). This is good for one way as well as round trip - no mention of minimum stay in the fare rules. I thought that min stays requirement are mostly a thing of the past for domestic travel - could be wrong.
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Old Jun 1, 12, 7:18 pm   #5
 
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If you book on 2 different airlines, it won't matter. You might not want to collect UA miles on the US ticket.

The way the rule is often worded is that you have to use the flight "coupons" (as they used to be called with paper tickets) in numerical order. If you bought two UA tickets as described, you would not be using them in numerical order and technically that would be a violation.
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Old Jun 1, 12, 7:27 pm   #6
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If you book on 2 different airlines, it won't matter. You might not want to collect UA miles on the US ticket.

The way the rule is often worded is that you have to use the flight "coupons" (as they used to be called with paper tickets) in numerical order. If you bought two UA tickets as described, you would not be using them in numerical order and technically that would be a violation.

If he bought them all from one carrier, he'd still be using the coupons in numerical order.

Ticket 1, Coupon 1
Ticket 2, Coupon 1
Ticket 1, Coupon 2
Ticket 2, Coupon 2

If you couldn't start a new ticket while another ticket were in progress, any end-on-end, or trip within a trip would be a violation. And typically those are fine.

The key is if he's buying tickets to circumvent the minimum stay requirement, which he technically is, but with two different carriers, it makes it difficult to prove and questionable to enforce.

In this market, I would double check to make sure there truly is a minimum stay, or if you're just running into an availability issue that only works right on these flights. It's possible these are one-way fares, as many in this market are. If they're one ways, there is absolutely no concern about a violation, since there's no min stay to violate.
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Old Jun 1, 12, 7:42 pm   #7
 
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If he bought them all from one carrier, he'd still be using the coupons in numerical order.

Ticket 1, Coupon 1
Ticket 2, Coupon 1
Ticket 1, Coupon 2
Ticket 2, Coupon 2

If you couldn't start a new ticket while another ticket were in progress, any end-on-end, or trip within a trip would be a violation. And typically those are fine.

The key is if he's buying tickets to circumvent the minimum stay requirement, which he technically is, but with two different carriers, it makes it difficult to prove and questionable to enforce.

In this market, I would double check to make sure there truly is a minimum stay, or if you're just running into an availability issue that only works right on these flights. It's possible these are one-way fares, as many in this market are. If they're one ways, there is absolutely no concern about a violation, since there's no min stay to violate.

I called in again and they said it was fine on this particular fare. No min stay requirement as is. As for the different carriers: there is nothing, not in UA's COC and not in US's COC, nor in the MP or Dividend Miles Rules that says anything about this not being allowed. I think that I will do it.

And screw that, hell yeah I'm gonna collect my miles for it!
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Old Jun 1, 12, 8:07 pm   #8
 
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I called in again and they said it was fine on this particular fare. No min stay requirement as is. As for the different carriers: there is nothing, not in UA's COC and not in US's COC, nor in the MP or Dividend Miles Rules that says anything about this not being allowed. I think that I will do it.
The United CoC covers "Back-to-Back ticketing", and clearly states it's prohibited. It also clearly states that back-to-back ticketing is when you use multiple round-trip fares "for the purpose of circumventing applicable tariff rules" which is NOT what you're doing here, so this is not back-to-back ticketing!

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RULE 6 TICKETS
J) Prohibited Practices:
3) The use of Flight Coupons from two or more different Tickets issued at round trip fares for the purpose of circumventing applicable tariff rules (such as advance purchase/minimum stay requirements) commonly referred to as “Back-to-Back Ticketing” is prohibited by UA.
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Old Aug 16, 12, 6:32 pm   #9
 
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Back To Back Ticketing

If I fly into EWR Saturday AM, but fly another flight out of LGA, then return
to LGA, and then complete my roundtrip from EWR, is this considered back to back ticketing since I am using different airports.
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Old Aug 16, 12, 6:37 pm   #10
 
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Back To Back Ticketing

I think the answer is yes. It's the same as WAS - IAD/DCA/BWI or MIA and FLL.
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Old Aug 16, 12, 6:47 pm   #11
 
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This routing is CLE-EWR-LGA-CLE-EWR-CLE. One time I did CLE-EWR-FLL-EWR-CLE. Flying into EWR Saturday AM, then taking EWR-FLL latter in the day and returning FLL-EWR Monday, then back to CLE. These are seperate tickets but is this still not back to back ticketing.
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Old Aug 16, 12, 9:26 pm   #12
 
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If I fly into EWR Saturday AM, but fly another flight out of LGA, then return
to LGA, and then complete my roundtrip from EWR, is this considered back to back ticketing since I am using different airports.
Suppose my company sends me EWR-LAX (spend a month on business)-EWR.

It would be insane to say that during that month, UA would not allow me to make side trips to take care of other business and then complete my return to EWR. UA would be out of business with these types of rules. This is not back to back ticketing.
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Old Aug 16, 12, 9:50 pm   #13
 
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Suppose my company sends me EWR-LAX (spend a month on business)-EWR.

It would be insane to say that during that month, UA would not allow me to make side trips to take care of other business and then complete my return to EWR. UA would be out of business with these types of rules. This is not back to back ticketing.
*Unless* the fare the company purchase for you had a 28 day minimum stay, in which case it *would* be back-to-back ticketing. Of course, I seriously doubt you'd ever see a 28 day minimum stay on a domestic ticket, but...
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Old Aug 16, 12, 10:28 pm   #14
 
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Suppose my company sends me EWR-LAX (spend a month on business)-EWR.

It would be insane to say that during that month, UA would not allow me to make side trips to take care of other business and then complete my return to EWR. UA would be out of business with these types of rules. This is not back to back ticketing.
"Back to Back" is not side trips during a stay on a round trip.

"Back to Back" is a guy that books "A" to "B" to "A" for say a two week turn around on a 7 day (minimum stay) restricted fare. Then he books "B" to "A" to "B" returning to each airport a few days after arriving. People used to do this all the time until they put a stop to it and messed with your MP account plus charged the passenger full fare if they got caught.

A guy is a business man and needs to be in EWR every other weekend for one day. Example--- LAX-EWR-LAX with a 2 week stay on a round trip ticket to get the reduced fare. One day after arriving in EWR he uses a separate ticket back to LAX with a return to EWR a few week later & gets the same discounted fare.

Arriving in EWR and flying anywhere else is perfectly O.K. In fact if a guy got caught once doing a "Back to Back" he could try & say that an emergency came up, but having two confirmed reservations in advance would blow that theory all to smithereens.

Probably wouldn't get caught once or twice, but a pattern will most likely be discovered by MP eventually.
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Old Aug 18, 12, 11:51 pm   #15
 
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If you do the Back to Back using different airlines then this should be OK

Example

Fly CLE-LGA Sat AM UA
Fly LGA-CLE Sat PM DL
Fly CLE-LGA Mon AM DL to get to NYC to get my UA return
FLY LGA-CLE Mon PM UA


This is Back to Back ticketing but not legal if it was UA. Since it is different airlines
UA and AA won't be aware of this, only God knows. The reason I would do this is I get 2 full days in NYC, but no hotel bills. I did this one time many years ago on CO when they had the EWR weekend special of $79:00 RT. I thought when I to book the EWR-CLE RT to avoild the Sat night stay the reservation system would not take this buit it did.
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