Open Jaw/Partner Flight

 
Old Dec 4, 09, 11:08 am
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Open Jaw/Partner Flight

Hi, All,

I have a question regarding booking an open jaw. I'd like to go from IAH-YYZ, then DTW-IAH. CO.com can do it on their own metal for a reasonable price, no problem, but Air Canada has a flight that better fits my schedule for the IAH-YYZ portion. The one way ticket on AC is quite reasonably priced, but if I try to buy a one way DTW-IAH ticket on CO, it (predictably) is very expensive.

Can CO sell me the entire itinerary with the IAH-YYZ leg on AC, thus making it an open jaw in their eyes, rather than a one way ticket from DTW-IAH?

On an award reservation, I could do it on CO.com, but I didn't know if they would/could do it for a paid reservation.

By the way, United will sell me the AC leg, but then wants to rout me through ORD on the way from DTW-IAH (and doesn't offer the direct CO flights as an option).

Thanks, as always.
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Old Dec 4, 09, 11:28 am
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CO can certianly sell you IAH-YYC on AC metal but that doesn't necessarily mean that the price will be better.

An open jaw requires that BOTH segments in question have a fare that permits open-jaw routings. In many cases cheap fares do permit that but it seems that you are not getting that option for the DTW-IAH segment.

Have you tried pricing it out on an 3rd party booking engine or ITA? If it prices correctly then it likely can be done through co.com if you really want to though there isn't really much reason to do so.

If you're willing to share specific dates/times I can look in more detail at the exact fares you're getting.
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Old Dec 4, 09, 11:33 am
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Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
CO can certianly sell you IAH-YYC on AC metal but that doesn't necessarily mean that the price will be better.

An open jaw requires that BOTH segments in question have a fare that permits open-jaw routings. In many cases cheap fares do permit that but it seems that you are not getting that option for the DTW-IAH segment.

Have you tried pricing it out on an 3rd party booking engine or ITA? If it prices correctly then it likely can be done through co.com if you really want to though there isn't really much reason to do so.

If you're willing to share specific dates/times I can look in more detail at the exact fares you're getting.
Out 6/17/10, return 6/20/10. When I price the entire itinerary as an open jaw on Co.com, it's $335, or so - all on CO metal. The one way AC ticket is ~$200, and the one way CO ticket from DTW-IAH is ~$500. I tried travelocity, but it didn't get any better mixing and matching through there.

If it's a fare that just doesn't permit it, that's no big deal, but the DTW-IAH leg prices out lower if it is part of an open JAW that is all CO metal, so I thought maybe it would work.

United.com will do the entire thing for ~$450, with the AC flight that I want outbound, but the return flights that it offers are sub optimal, as they rout through ORD/IAD/DEN. That itinerary wouldn't be the end of the world, either, so it's not like I don't have some options.

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Old Dec 4, 09, 11:46 am
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Even if the CO fare permits a valid open jaw combining it with an AC fare doesn't satisfy the fare rules. Both outbound and return must be pried using CO fares otherwise it will price as 2 one-ways. I doubt CO has a codeshare with AC on just that IAH-YYZ flight since they operate that route themselves and point-to-point codeshares are pretty rare.
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Old Dec 4, 09, 2:17 pm
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Even if the CO fare permits a valid open jaw combining it with an AC fare doesn't satisfy the fare rules. Both outbound and return must be pried using CO fares otherwise it will price as 2 one-ways. I doubt CO has a codeshare with AC on just that IAH-YYZ flight since they operate that route themselves and point-to-point codeshares are pretty rare.
Correct - they do not have a codeshare with AC for that route. That's kind of what I was afraid of - that both legs of a paid open jaw would have to be CO marketed flights.

Perfectly understandable on CO's part, but I was just hoping that if I made the entire reservation through them, that they would consider the DTW-IAH leg to be part of an open jaw, rather than a one way ticket.

Oh, well.

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