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Cost in advance of dropping both DOM legs off a DOM/TATL booking

Cost in advance of dropping both DOM legs off a DOM/TATL booking

Old Sep 4, 19, 5:13 pm
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Question Cost in advance of dropping both DOM legs off a DOM/TATL booking

I currently live near ABZ and make several trips a year to the States, booking WT+ well in advance to either UUA inbound or Amex 2 for 1 for whole trip in J.

However am planning to move back to southern England next year when I’ve sold my house - so timing is indeterminate. Question therefore is how much is it likely to cost to drop both the domestic legs of a non flexible WT+ ticket or the domestic legs of an Avios booking.

In in the case of the paid for booking do BA reprice and if so what date do they use (date of booking or date of change)? The paid for bookings include a car and so are BA holidays and therefore only 350 deposit paid until 5 weeks before travel.

For an Avios booking is it possible to drop the domestic legs or Is it case of cancel the whole thing and hope the Avios TATL legs are released again?

Many thanks.

Last edited by Keystone; Sep 4, 19 at 5:20 pm Reason: Add that paid for bookings are BA holidays as include car.
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Old Sep 4, 19, 11:47 pm
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Change fee but reprice based on the valid fares on the day you rebook for any change made before the first flight, can be very expensive.

you’ll be better off booking from London and then separately booking your domestic if you need it with plenty of time as you’ll be assuming the risk of the transfer.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 1:11 am
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With an avios reward booking it would be a £35 per person change fee - but there may actually be a net refund as a small amount of taxes/fees/charges would be due back. They wouldn’t be cancelling the whole booking so the long haul flights would be unaffected.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 3:44 am
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Originally Posted by Keystone View Post
However am planning to move back to southern England next year when I’ve sold my house - so timing is indeterminate. Question therefore is how much is it likely to cost to drop both the domestic legs of a non flexible WT+ ticket or the domestic legs of an Avios booking.

In in the case of the paid for booking do BA reprice and if so what date do they use (date of booking or date of change)? The paid for bookings include a car and so are BA holidays and therefore only 350 deposit paid until 5 weeks before travel.
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Change fee but reprice based on the valid fares on the day you rebook for any change made before the first flight, can be very expensive.
If it were a flight-only ticket, this is not quite right. The current standard BA fare rules provide that if you change the ticket before departure but you do not change the first fare component (typically the outbound half of the ticket), you are repriced using either fares on the date of booking or fares on the date of change - whichever is lower.

So if an ABZ-LHR-US-LHR-ABZ ticket is changed to ABZ-LHR-US-LHR, that won't necessarily require fares on the date of change to be used. I think that the ticket should end up being no more expensive than the total of the change fee plus what the ticket price would have been if that itinerary had been originally booked.

Changing ABZ-LHR-US-LHR-ABZ to LHR-US-LHR will, however, require a reprice using fares at the date of change (plus the change fee). This can indeed be very expensive, depending on when you do it.

However, if the bookings were made as BA Holidays from the start, then BA Holidays rules would apply and may be different from the fare rules for a change in a flight-only ticket.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 5:38 am
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Have you considered an advance booking of a train ticket to ABZ? Will likely be cheaper that rebooking your flight(s) to drop the ABZ-LHR sector. Dropping the LHR-ABZ sector at the end won't be a problem as long as you're not checking luggage.

Last edited by babats; Sep 5, 19 at 5:40 am Reason: Additional info added
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