Rebook now or just no show?

 
Old Aug 24, 15, 12:55 pm
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Rebook now or just no show?

I'm wondering how this would work?

I have a RT transcon AA SFO-JFK-SFO. I am doing the outbound, however I am planning to drive back. This would mean I am not using the return portion of the trip. My original plan was to fly, but plans change. I will of course fly between SFO and JFK in the future, but I don't have any dates set.

My ticket is booked I fare, and as per my ticket conditions, there is a $200 change fee. As I do not have date set, if I rebook the return now, it would likely mean I have to pay the fee twice (since I would be changing it again). I want to avoid this.

So can I simply no-show and then rebook it when I have figured out a date I can use the return portion of the ticket? Or will my ticket have no value if I no-show?
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Old Aug 24, 15, 1:02 pm
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A no show = no residual value on the ticket
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Old Aug 24, 15, 3:54 pm
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Mmmm, that's what I figured. Okay, I will rebook it then.
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Old Aug 24, 15, 4:30 pm
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No need to immediately re-book. Simply call before departure and notify AA that you want to cancel. Then you can re-book at your leisure (within the one year limit).
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Old Aug 24, 15, 4:59 pm
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Wait until after you have flown the outbound. Otherwise, they may reprice it as a one way at the current pricing.
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Old Aug 24, 15, 5:26 pm
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It occurred to me that you need not re-book immediately. The residual value of the ticket will be available for up to 1 year from the date of issue. Just keep the ticket number on hand, and when you are ready to re-book, provide the agent the ticket number and the remaining value, less change fee will be applied to the new booking.
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Wow - you are a true road warrior!
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Old Aug 31, 15, 11:59 am
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So call to cancel the ticket and then rebook later sounds like an excellent plan. Then I can rebook as a round trip?
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Don't even have to call. Just pull up your reservation online after you've flown the outbound and click "cancel."
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Old Aug 31, 15, 5:13 pm
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Cancel only a few minutes before sched departure, hoping for a flight delay. If delayed, call to request a refund or $200 change waiver.
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Old Sep 2, 15, 8:27 pm
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I have flown the outbound sector already. I do not see a cancel option on the website; perhaps it's because I booked through Expedia?
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Old Sep 3, 15, 1:43 am
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Originally Posted by alphaod View Post
I have flown the outbound sector already. I do not see a cancel option on the website; perhaps it's because I booked through Expedia?
D'oh.

Just leave the ticket open. No need to sweat the date.
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Old Sep 7, 15, 11:57 am
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Thanks everyone for your help.
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Old Sep 7, 15, 5:06 pm
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Yes, you can just abandon the return flight(s) and not suffer any consequences. However, should there be a significant schedule change, you may be able to call in and get a refund or push the date out for later use without a fee. Also, by cancelling the flight, you may allow someone else to get confirmed on that flight and keep them from sweating it out at the gate. You need to decide your travel karma quota and do what you feel is right.
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airlines overbook, mary
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