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Can't fly first leg of round trip on Iberia, what to do?

Can't fly first leg of round trip on Iberia, what to do?

Old Nov 7, 19, 10:25 pm
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Can't fly first leg of round trip on Iberia, what to do?

We have a round trip ticket we bought months ago leaving tomorrow night, but because of scheduling issues we can't fly at the time of the flight. But there were later flights available from Iberia so I called and asked if we could change our flight. They said they couldn't help us with that, but we could buy another ticket and fly out and use the return portion of our ticket without cancellation.

I was a little skeptical about this but found an old thread that indicated Spanish courts required that Iberia honor the full ticket even if the first leg was missed/cancelled.

So we bought a second ticket to fly out later, and I've checked in with that second flight. What should I do about the original flight? Should I check in? I want to make sure our return ticket is honored.
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Old Nov 8, 19, 2:35 am
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Wow. Shockingly bad advice from the agent. There's nothing you can do to prevent yourself being deemed a no-show. Checking in but not showing up is irrelevant, probably makes things a bit worse.

Maybe the agent is right, but I would have thought we would have heard about a formal policy change by now. (based on the court case)

Good luck and please report back whatever the outcome....
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Old Nov 8, 19, 2:40 pm
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Actually, the agent was right. This was made public last year, but of course, IB does tries to keep it little known so passengers do not abuse the policy. You can read it here using Google Translate. This, however, only applies to IB, not OW airlines nor IAG partners. And, they might charge you a differencial price —under the logic that the one-way ticket is more expensive that a roundtrip.
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Old Nov 9, 19, 1:57 am
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Originally Posted by MfromL View Post
Actually, the agent was right. This was made public last year, but of course, IB does tries to keep it little known so passengers do not abuse the policy. You can read it here using Google Translate. This, however, only applies to IB, not OW airlines nor IAG partners. And, they might charge you a differencial price —under the logic that the one-way ticket is more expensive that a roundtrip.
I read the Spanish newspapers as well. They aren't always reliable...

I'd rather see a few reliable FT-er data points so I hope the OP returns to update us.
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Old Nov 18, 19, 1:56 am
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Maybe the tickets were booked via a third party? So the "return itinerary" is actually two single tickets booked on Iberia - hence the advice from the call centre that booking a new outbound ticket wouldn't affect the new inbound?
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Old Nov 20, 19, 3:48 pm
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I have take then return flight after missing the outbound on IB before. They'll let you do it without much fuss. I was in C FWIW.

The link above is to an article that talks about a recent supreme court case where IB were sued by the consumer protection office over the canceled return flights and lost, so it's a real thing.
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Old Nov 20, 19, 4:15 pm
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Would be nice if OP had returned and let us know what happened.

The Spanish decision is not necessarily a great result as nothing in the decision stops IB from repricing the ticket from a return to a single.

While datapoints would be helpful, what would be more helpful is if IB changed its COC and fare rules to reflect the decision just as LH did several years ago for Germany.
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Update:

When we arrived in Madrid we asked the help desk if they knew what we could do to make sure our return ticket was valid. The lady took a look and said that we would only have to pay ~1,600 EUR each to convert our round trip tickets to a one way ticket. Considering the original ticket was just $225 round trip I thanked for the time and booked a return ticket using United points.

Lesson learned. Sure the ticket isn't cancelled but it effectively is. Wouldn't mind finding a way to push this up the courts in Spain to see what would happen but I don't have any Spanish resources to use here.
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