Not using one-way on roundtrip ticket

Old Sep 17, 19, 11:30 am
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Not using one-way on roundtrip ticket

I'm looking at mid-October one-way tickets from London to Atlanta, but for some reason, roundtrip tickets are cheaper. Are there any risks to using the LHR-ATL ticket and not using the return ticket?
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Old Sep 17, 19, 12:18 pm
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Round trip tickets (even open jaws) to and from Europe are often significantly cheaper than one-way tickets.

Nothing stopping you from booking the round trip and then canceling the return once you've flown the initial segment. Some version of "my plans have changed" usually suffices.

You may also consider your future travel needs and book the return far out into the future (assuming you don't need a visa to justify the stay in the US). That way you may be able to either use the ticket or take advantage of a schedule change to get a refund for that segment.

Definitely do not simply not fly the return ticket without telling Delta. This is a version of hidden city ticketing and is generally frowned upon.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 1:25 am
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Originally Posted by dantheflyingman View Post
Round trip tickets (even open jaws) to and from Europe are often significantly cheaper than one-way tickets.

Nothing stopping you from booking the round trip and then canceling the return once you've flown the initial segment. Some version of "my plans have changed" usually suffices.

You may also consider your future travel needs and book the return far out into the future (assuming you don't need a visa to justify the stay in the US). That way you may be able to either use the ticket or take advantage of a schedule change to get a refund for that segment.

Definitely do not simply not fly the return ticket without telling Delta. This is a version of hidden city ticketing and is generally frowned upon.
Actually telling them is generally considered to be reason to alert them to what you're doing. What really matters, not doing it repeatedly.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 3:31 am
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Originally Posted by dantheflyingman View Post

Definitely do not simply not fly the return ticket without telling Delta. This is a version of hidden city ticketing and is generally frowned upon.
This is terrible advice and draws unwanted attention to your itinerary. As long as you don't do it often then simply not turning up isn't going to result in anything further
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