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Skipping first leg - Delta / Air France - repercussions?

Skipping first leg - Delta / Air France - repercussions?

Old Mar 7, 19, 9:00 pm
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Skipping first leg - Delta / Air France - repercussions?

Have an itinerary on Delta and Air France booked from SFO-LAX-PPT - was a dirt cheap flight using UR - 18k for the flight. The LAX-PPT portion on AF leaves at midnight from LAX, but the SFO-LAX leg leaves SFO at 7am - requiring me to sit all day at LAX - I normally wouldn't mind but I have commitments that day.

Wondering if I can skip the SFO-LAX leg and show up to LAX in the evening from a WN flight and just board the LAX-PPT leg. Can I do this or I'll be denied boarding LAX-PPT for skipping the first leg?
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Old Mar 7, 19, 9:05 pm
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Originally Posted by beagleflyer1977 View Post
Have an itinerary on Delta and Air France booked from SFO-LAX-PPT - was a dirt cheap flight using UR - 18k for the flight. The LAX-PPT portion on AF leaves at midnight from LAX, but the SFO-LAX leg leaves SFO at 7am - requiring me to sit all day at LAX - I normally wouldn't mind but I have commitments that day.

Wondering if I can skip the SFO-LAX leg and show up to LAX in the evening from a WN flight and just board the LAX-PPT leg. Can I do this or I'll be denied boarding LAX-PPT for skipping the first leg?
If you're a no-show for the first leg, the rest of your itinerary will be automatically canceled.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 9:05 pm
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Originally Posted by beagleflyer1977 View Post
Have an itinerary on Delta and Air France booked from SFO-LAX-PPT - was a dirt cheap flight using UR - 18k for the flight. The LAX-PPT portion on AF leaves at midnight from LAX, but the SFO-LAX leg leaves SFO at 7am - requiring me to sit all day at LAX - I normally wouldn't mind but I have commitments that day. Wondering if I can skip the SFO-LAX leg and show up to LAX in the evening from a WN flight and just board the LAX-PPT leg. Can I do this or I'll be denied boarding LAX-PPT for skipping the first leg?
Nope. Your LAX-PPT flight will be cancelled the moment you no show for your SFO-LAX flight.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 9:10 pm
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Call them and ask them to remove the first leg. Otherwise a no-show will result in cancellation of the rest of the flights.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 9:12 pm
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Thanks for the replies - looks like I get to plane spot all day.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 9:25 pm
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You can try a same day change to a later flight possibly for a nominal fee. Not sure what the DL rules are but others here can probably provide some insight.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 9:31 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
You can try a same day change to a later flight possibly for a nominal fee. Not sure what the DL rules are but others here can probably provide some insight.
DL does not allow same day changes on itineraries that include an international flight except after all the international segments have been flown.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 10:36 pm
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You can always take the first flight and then fly right back to SFO. Spend the day up north and take something around 9 PM back down.

You just probably shouldn’t do these other flights on Delta.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 11:16 pm
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Originally Posted by beagleflyer1977 View Post
Have an itinerary on Delta and Air France booked from SFO-LAX-PPT - was a dirt cheap flight using UR - 18k for the flight. The LAX-PPT portion on AF leaves at midnight from LAX, but the SFO-LAX leg leaves SFO at 7am - requiring me to sit all day at LAX - I normally wouldn't mind but I have commitments that day.

Wondering if I can skip the SFO-LAX leg and show up to LAX in the evening from a WN flight and just board the LAX-PPT leg. Can I do this or I'll be denied boarding LAX-PPT for skipping the first leg?
I have a similar situation on my SFO-LAX-PPT flight in July. I paid with $ at a great fare, but I have a seven hour connection at LAX. I called Delta and was told that changing to a later first flight would add about $700 to the price, despite the fact that I could buy a one-way SFO-LAX on DL at the desired time for about $130. It's really hard to find the logic in this stuff, but I'm sure someone in Delta Revenue Management has a spreadsheet which says this makes sense.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 11:26 pm
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Originally Posted by josephstern View Post
You can always take the first flight and then fly right back to SFO. Spend the day up north and take something around 9 PM back down.
You just probably shouldn’t do these other flights on Delta.

The point being (for the cautious) that Delta's computers might get confused and cancel the leg to PPT. Regardless, I would not attempt to fly anywhere else, and instead leave LAX by transit for the day. Options:

1. LAX Airporter bus to Union Station. Walk to Olvera Street or anywhere else of interest downtown.
2. Santa Monica transit bus to Westwood. Pick up at the bus turnaround in front of long term parking Lot C.
3. From Westwood Blvd, transfer to LA bus that stops at the Getty Museum. Great museum, but a pain by bus. I've done it, so it is possible.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 11:35 pm
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One time I missed my first leg of SAN-LAX-PVG, and the phone agent managed to drop the first leg and change my ticket to LAX-PVG without additional fees, I made it later by Lyfting from SAN to LAX. Maybe give that a try and call Delta.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 11:42 pm
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Originally Posted by hjz131 View Post
One time I missed my first leg of SAN-LAX-PVG, and the phone agent managed to drop the first leg and change my ticket to LAX-PVG without additional fees, I made it later by Lyfting from SAN to LAX. Maybe give that a try and call Delta.
It would be too late, if that doesn't work.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 5:03 am
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Originally Posted by hjz131 View Post
One time I missed my first leg of SAN-LAX-PVG, and the phone agent managed to drop the first leg and change my ticket to LAX-PVG without additional fees, I made it later by Lyfting from SAN to LAX. Maybe give that a try and call Delta.
Very bad advice, gambling on a successful outcome of that strategy once the original flight has already left
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Old Mar 8, 19, 6:33 am
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Originally Posted by beagleflyer1977 View Post
Have an itinerary on Delta and Air France booked from SFO-LAX-PPT - was a dirt cheap flight using UR - 18k for the flight.
What’s “UR”?

If that’s some form miles ticket, that’s impressively low for a flight to French Polynesia.
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Old Mar 8, 19, 6:48 am
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Originally Posted by TheHorta View Post


What’s “UR”?

If that’s some form miles ticket, that’s impressively low for a flight to French Polynesia.
Chase Ultimate Rewards. He likely has Chase Sapphire Reserve, so booked a $270 cash ticket using points.
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