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Old Aug 22, 14, 4:05 am
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Correct: the T&Cs say one thing, custom and practice is another. So long as you have more than 24 hours before your flight, you can make changes to the return after flying the outbound. It's worth knowing this even if you end up not flying back at all on BA but return via a different route or redemption: you can push the return date into later in the year, buy some singles and creatively end up with 2 return flights rather than losing anything.

I'll just repeat something that's often mentioned in this board: for RFS flights in particular, and redemptions in general, you are generally better off booking 2 singles rather than returns, if there is no risk of cancellation (due to 2 lots of change fees, but that may still be OK). This allows you more flexibility, particularly making changes online, than a return ticket and costs exactly the same. The big except is fights to US and Canada where 2 single redemptions are more expensive than a return.

Also Gold Priority Rewards can apparently be amended without fee.
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