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Question: trying to book award to S Africa, what would you do?

Question: trying to book award to S Africa, what would you do?

Old Sep 13, 19, 11:31 am
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trying to book award to S Africa, what would you do?

I think I may have a method to achieve what I'm looking for but thought I would run it by the collective wisdom of this forum to check my reasoning. It's not massively complicated but not a simple return ticket.

there have been other posts here regarding booking a one-way now and then adding the return to the ticket in order to take advantage of the stopover benefit on the return but the posts that i have found are many years old. So I'm not sure if the recent and upcoming changes to aeroplan would have an impact.

my wife and I would like to travel together from Canada to S Africa next year. there are tickets available at the very end of the booking window (beginning sept.)

then, two or three weeks later, we would like to stop in europe to visit her family. the complication is that I would stay a week or so while she would stay a month or so. because, you know, inlaws.

this means that i would fly back to canada on my own and so would she at a later date.

in order to avoid the potential complications of adding a return with a stopover to an existing booking, i was thinking of waiting a few days hoping the outbounds are still available and booking a dummy return with the correct cities but the dates being immediately after our arrival in S Africa.
Then, as soon as the calendars are loaded for our returns, change our tickets, first mine as per above, then hers.

i'm thinking that this is somewhat of an "insurance" to ensure that we get our outbound tickets.

i'm also assuming that changing the dates on two parts of an award ticket, i.e. S Africa to Europe -> stopover -> Europe to Canada, will not incur two change fees as it still one ticket.

if anyone sees any holes or flaws in my reasoning, i would be grateful for your opinions.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 1:56 pm
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You pay change fees per direction, per ticket, even on simple date/hour changes.

Only you can decide what its worth for you to secure the outbound now.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by rankourabu View Post
You pay change fees per direction, per ticket, even on simple date/hour changes.
but what i'm still not sure of is if changes to two parts of one direction, as described above, counts as one change or two and thus $100 or $200.


Originally Posted by rankourabu View Post
Only you can decide what its worth for you to secure the outbound now.
yes, i agree. only i can decide and my decision is based on my reasoning. i posted here to verify whether or not my reasoning and assumptions are valid.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 5:05 pm
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One fee per ticket for the entire return.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 5:28 pm
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You don't need to wait a few days just to be able to book a return. If you do that, the outbound availability might disappear. You could book the round trip now, but book the return flights before your outbound. I've done that a number of times, booking a dummy return prior to my outbound, on the day the outbound becomes available. Then pay the change fee to book my real return flights.
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