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Will Air Canada Cancel a Reservation if I Buy Two Flights?

Old Jan 16, 2020, 1:49 am
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Will Air Canada Cancel a Reservation if I Buy Two Flights?

Not sure if I want to take a 5:30 PM flight or an 8:10 PM flight. Given fare prices and rules, would be cheaper for me to buy a ticket on each flight and pick whichever one I want day of as opposed to making a change. If I do this will Air Canada automatically cancel one? Is this a violation of the Contract of Carriage?
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 8:31 am
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Duplicate bookings are deemed as not allowed within AC's tariffs. There are mixed reports on whether or not they'll cancel one of the bookings.
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 9:08 am
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On separate flights, not an issue. Maybe consider not adding FFN until you made a decision.
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by ChrisA330
Duplicate bookings are deemed as not allowed within AC's tariffs. There are mixed reports on whether or not they'll cancel one of the bookings.
This is not a duplicate booking; they're different flights.
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 6:21 pm
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Originally Posted by jjclancy
This is not a duplicate booking; they're different flights.
Does the 2nd one leave before the 1st one arrives?
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 6:25 pm
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 7:05 pm
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Originally Posted by jjclancy
This is not a duplicate booking; they're different flights.
From their tariff:

Duplicate bookings" - Carrier does not permit a passenger to hold more than one confirmed
reservation/ticket on the same departure flight/origin and destination for the same travel date.

I interpret the / as or meaning same departure flight or origin and destination for the same travel date.
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 7:06 pm
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Does the 2nd one leave before the 1st one arrives?
no. Second flight leaves 7 minutes after first flight lands.
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Old Jan 17, 2020, 12:34 am
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Originally Posted by DarkHelmetII
no. Second flight leaves 7 minutes after first flight lands.
Still absent a TARDIS they probably know you cannot get back to the origin in 7 minutes. Computers and all that. Good luck.

Actually if you have a TARDIS then just go there in the TARDIS. Avoid Daleks.
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Old Jan 17, 2020, 1:53 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto
Still absent a TARDIS they probably know you cannot get back to the origin in 7 minutes. Computers and all that. Good luck.

Actually if you have a TARDIS then just go there in the TARDIS. Avoid Daleks.
what are TARDIS and Daleks?
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Old Jan 17, 2020, 1:57 am
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Originally Posted by ChrisA330
From their tariff:

Duplicate bookings" - Carrier does not permit a passenger to hold more than one confirmed
reservation/ticket on the same departure flight/origin and destination for the same travel date.

I interpret the / as or meaning same departure flight or origin and destination for the same travel date.
great call out, thank you. The question then is 'or else what'? I mean, do they automatically cancel one and purchaser loses unused funds on a nonrefundable ticket? Perhaps nobody here knows for sure but thought I'd ask.
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Old Jan 17, 2020, 7:09 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto
Actually if you have a TARDIS then just go there in the TARDIS. Avoid Daleks.
Exterminate!...Exterminate!
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Old Jan 17, 2020, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by DarkHelmetII
great call out, thank you. The question then is 'or else what'? I mean, do they automatically cancel one and purchaser loses unused funds on a nonrefundable ticket? Perhaps nobody here knows for sure but thought I'd ask.
I think the reality is that AC's systems probably aren't set up to flag this, even if it's contrary to the tariffs. I would also argue that the tariff is poorly worded, and while I suspect that ChrisA330's interpretation is correct, I could definitely argue it differently.

I have made and held multiple bookings in the past without issue. For example, couple of years ago, I made my wife two bookings to come join me in LHR on a business trip. One via YVR, one direct, since I could upgrade via YVR right away but not the direct. The bookings were in place for several weeks at least, with her Aeroplan number and everything. I even told the concierge about them a week out, and they helped get the direct upgraded morning of rather than waiting until the gate so that I could cancel the YVR booking.

I also made 4 or 5 YVR-YYC bookings last month for the Do. AC had some sale on that was ending the night I was booking and I wasn't sure what time I was going to want to come back the day after the Do, since I was waiting for a friend to get back to me. So I booked 4-5 different YVR-YYC flights for the day after the Do and cancelled all but one within the 24-hour period.

canadiancow did post recently about Aeroplan giving him grief for conflicting bookings, but that appeared to be because something went awry with one of the bookings and required manual intervention. So it's not impossible that they'll notice this and give you grief, but I'd say it's unlikely.

If they did catch it, I suspect you'd get a full refund, so the downside is probably limited.
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Old Jan 17, 2020, 8:17 am
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Officially no, but for all practical purposes, it is unlikely to be spotted by AC's stellar IT.
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Old Jan 17, 2020, 9:05 am
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Originally Posted by LondonElite
Officially no, but for all practical purposes, it is unlikely to be spotted by AC's stellar IT.
Got it. No guarantees in actual outcome but that was kind of my hunch. Thank you LondElite and everybody else.
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