Recommendation on changing flight.

Old Dec 10, 19, 6:49 pm
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: PIT
Programs: AA Platinum, Marriott Silver, Fantasy Football Champ
Posts: 71
Recommendation on changing flight.

Trying to figure out the best way to do this. I booked a flight for myself and 2 of my co workers on a flight from PIT to MCO on Jan 23. I booked this about a week ago. I just found out that I have to now go to Ft Meyers on Jan 21. My 2 colleagues still need to go to Orlando on the 23rd. What is the best way for me to go about this? Call AA and have them just cancel my ticket and then I can re-book my flight to Ft Meyers? Or just book a new flight for myself and not show up for the original flight to MCO? Will that cancel my colleagues flights or can they just cancel mine? What kind of fees would I incur? I am a Platinum member.
rocket2247 is offline  
Old Dec 10, 19, 7:11 pm
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: DAY
Programs: Rapid Rewards, Skymiles, Hilton HHonors, SPG/Marriott Rewards
Posts: 1,596
Is this round trip or one way?
Cledaybuck is offline  
Old Dec 10, 19, 7:25 pm
  #3  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: DFW/DAL
Programs: AA Lifetime PLT, AS MVPG, HH Diamond, NCL Platinum Plus
Posts: 19,561
Originally Posted by rocket2247 View Post
Trying to figure out the best way to do this. I booked a flight for myself and 2 of my co workers on a flight from PIT to MCO on Jan 23. I booked this about a week ago. I just found out that I have to now go to Ft Meyers on Jan 21. My 2 colleagues still need to go to Orlando on the 23rd. What is the best way for me to go about this? Call AA and have them just cancel my ticket and then I can re-book my flight to Ft Meyers? Or just book a new flight for myself and not show up for the original flight to MCO? Will that cancel my colleagues flights or can they just cancel mine? What kind of fees would I incur? I am a Platinum member.
If you have the aisle seat, for example, maybe one of your coworkers would rather have that, so go online and change seats before you don't show up
You not showing will not cancel their flights. If you have another flight on that ticket, that will be canceled. If the ticket price is less than the change fee, definitely cancel before the flight.
You could wait for as long as possible,because a schedule change or weather problem might change things.........not that there are ever weather issues in Pittsburgh in January
mvoight is offline  
Old Dec 10, 19, 7:38 pm
  #4  
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: New York City
Programs: American Airlines Executive Platinum, Marriott Rewards Platinum Premier Elite
Posts: 1,421
Change fees are stipulated by your fare rules. Basic economy doesn't allow changes. Most domestic US tickets have a $200 change fee. You may find that it's less expensive to abandon your ticket and buy a new one depending on how much you paid.
donotblink is online now  
Old Dec 10, 19, 7:40 pm
  #5  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: DCA
Programs: UA US CO AA DL FL
Posts: 44,491
First, forget your colleagues. Each of them has a ticket and can fly that ticket as issued.

Second, as this is work-related, do what makes economic sense for the business.

What to do about your ticket all depends on the pricing. If you purchased a typical domestic penalty fare, you could change your ticket to what you need and pay a $200 penalty, purchase a one way to RSW, drive over to MCO and fly the return segment (after cancelling the outbound and paying a $200 fee), or ditching the first ticket and purchasing a new one.

I would price all of the options and do what works best.

Make certain that you don't have "impossible" bookings as AA will cancel one or the other and it may be the one you don't want cancelled.
Often1 is offline  
Old Dec 11, 19, 8:04 am
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: PIT
Programs: AA Platinum, Marriott Silver, Fantasy Football Champ
Posts: 71
Thanks for the responses. I think I will just abandon my current ticket to MCO. I can get a flight to RSW for under $150 so calling and changing my flight would be more costly. I just wanted to make sure nothing would happen to my colleagues if I don't show up for the PIT-MCO flights. Luckily it's a one way ticket as I booked our return MCO-PIT separately as we are coming back at different times.
rocket2247 is offline  
Old Dec 11, 19, 1:59 pm
  #7  
A FlyerTalk Posting Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: DCA
Programs: UA US CO AA DL FL
Posts: 44,491
Nothing will happen to your colleagues. As already noted, each passenger has his own ticket. Whether you book them at the same or different times is irrelevant.

As to booking one-way tickets, it may have worked out in this instance, but bear in mind that if it came about that one or more of you needed to change your trip, the change fee is $200 to change the ticket, no matter how many segments. If booked as one-way, changing the trip by a week would cost $400 as it is two tickets.
Often1 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: