Droping a flight segment from itinerery.

Old Jun 20, 07, 6:42 pm
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Droping a flight segment from itinerery.

My folks have cashed in some of their QF points on a trip from Oz to Europe that involves Cathay, BA and Qantas. The Cathay part of the trip is over (good seats in Y, average food). Next is BA out to Athens, then back to London later this year and onwards to Tokyo before QF home Oz.

On the return to London leg, they can't stay more than 1 night/24 hours as they are having the stop over on this leg. If they decide to come back early on their own steam, how would this affect the remainder of trip? Would they need to tell BA or QF? I believe if you don't show for a leg on multi segment trip they may cancel the remainder of the flights. They're not worried about getting any mileage back on the cancelled flight segment.

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Old Jun 21, 07, 3:31 am
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Originally Posted by dddc View Post
My folks have cashed in some of their QF points on a trip from Oz to Europe that involves Cathay, BA and Qantas. The Cathay part of the trip is over (good seats in Y, average food). Next is BA out to Athens, then back to London later this year and onwards to Tokyo before QF home Oz.

On the return to London leg, they can't stay more than 1 night/24 hours as they are having the stop over on this leg. If they decide to come back early on their own steam, how would this affect the remainder of trip? Would they need to tell BA or QF? I believe if you don't show for a leg on multi segment trip they may cancel the remainder of the flights. They're not worried about getting any mileage back on the cancelled flight segment.

Any help appreciated.

A little more information?

It's one ticket issued by QF for OZ-HKG-LHR-ATH-LHR-NRT-OZ ?

You say that they ATH-LHR-NRT flights allow no stopover (>24 hours), so the want an earlier flight flight from ATH-LHR, is that correct?

I would say they are risk of having the onward flights cancelled, especially if the onward LHR-NRT is on BA, it's an almost certaintly.

Can they not call QF to move the BA flight ATH-LHR to the earlier date they require, or this is not permitted under the fare rules, or because the trip has already commenced?

You may find that BA in ATH are a little more flexible in either moving the flight, or protecting the onward flights if you come up with some reason for needing to leave ATH earlier.

Remember they can get a whole evening and a morning in LHR even without a stopover - ATH-LHR arrives at 1635, LHR-NRT departs at 1545 next day.
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Old Jun 21, 07, 11:28 am
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1) Yes it is on ticket issued by QF.

2) That's what they currently have, ie arrive in the evening back from Athens and then leave for Tokyo the next afternoon.

3) No, what they are actually considering is avoiding Athens completely and getting a charter flight back from one of the neighbouring islands direct to London. This save nearly a days train/bus/ferry travel to get to Athens. Thus they are not too worried about moving the date forward, which they may be able to do, space permitting. The biggest worry is cancelling of onward flights.
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Old Jun 21, 07, 11:34 am
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1) Yes it is on ticket issued by QF.

2) That's what they currently have, ie arrive in the evening back from Athens and then leave for Tokyo the next afternoon.

3) No, what they are actually considering is avoiding Athens completely and getting a charter flight back from one of the neighbouring islands direct to London. This save nearly a days train/bus/ferry travel to get to Athens. Thus they are not too worried about moving the date forward, which they may be able to do, space permitting. The biggest worry is cancelling of onward flights.
I'm pretty sure doing this would invalidate the rest of the itineary. They'll need to call QF - they may have to stick to the original ticket or end up having to buy a new ticket to get home!
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Old Jun 21, 07, 11:42 am
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From my experience I know QF is pretty in flexible when it comes to changes to award tickets.

Basically as I understand it (and any one please feel free to correct me if I am wrong) once the ticket is issued and if you travel on the 1st sector you CANNOT make any changes (even date changes) to the remaining sectors if they are not QF. so in your case the BA flights cannot be changed.

Also all sectors need to be flown in order and you simply can't just drop one and travel on the rest.
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