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Difficulty pricing a multi-city itinerary between 3 continents

Difficulty pricing a multi-city itinerary between 3 continents

Old Oct 13, 18, 6:57 pm
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Question Difficulty pricing a multi-city itinerary between 3 continents

Hi,

Trying to plan a trip to Southern India next month.
On the Qatar airways US site, when I try to load a multi-city itinerary in J:
CDG-DOH-MAA on November 8
and COK-DOH-JFK on November 17
no price / availability is displayed. I also tried other cities in India, and ORD or YUL instead of JFK.
When I try the one-way leg one by one, it works fine. I would rather book a multi-city ticket as I assume it would be cheaper than 2 one-way tickets.
Has anyone encountered a similar issue? Any workaround?
Thank you!
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Old Oct 13, 18, 8:47 pm
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Originally Posted by zip10001 View Post
CDG-DOH-MAA on November 8
and COK-DOH-JFK on November 17
What makes this a single itinerary? Seems to me that you have two one-ways.
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Old Oct 14, 18, 12:41 am
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I recently booked a multi city booking and you need to select flights and then the price is shown. If you not seeing availability maybe they don't have flights for that particular destination?
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Old Oct 14, 18, 1:33 am
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Such itineraries used to be bookable via Qatarís website till sometime in 2016, from Country A to Country B, then return leg going to Country C.

It appears that they have removed the ability to book such tickets back in 2016-ish.
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It's not a multi-city itinerary. It's an open jaw. Big difference.
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Old Oct 14, 18, 4:07 am
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Many airlines, QR included, fare rules have a restriction preventing customers from buying an open jaw ticket with a super long (JFK-CDG) open segment :
MILEAGE OF THE OPEN SEGMENT MUST BE EQUAL/LESS THAN
MILEAGE OF THE SHORTEST FLOWN FARE COMPONENT.
So if you don't want to buy 2 super expensive one-way JFK-DOH-COK + MAA-DOH-CDG, you might consider buying two separate tickets (and plan with a long connecting time, idealy 1 night, between your 2 separate tickets) :
1-CDG-DOH-MAA/COK-DOH-Europe
2-Europe-JFK
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Old Oct 14, 18, 4:19 am
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COK-MAA is only about a 70 minute flight. Why not just fly it if it's that much cheaper than two one-ways?
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Old Oct 14, 18, 4:24 am
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Originally Posted by Dr. HFH View Post
COK-MAA is only about a 70 minute flight. Why not just fly it if it's that much cheaper than two one-ways?
The problem is not COK-MAA but CDG-JFK open segment.
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Old Oct 14, 18, 4:37 am
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To avoid paying exepensive one-way J fares, one of the tricks is to book a return or open jaw ticket, with a throw away return in Y :
In op case :
CDG-DOH-MAA in J on Nov 8 + throw away return in Y DEL-DOH-EVN on Nov 14 = $1639 instead of $2734 for CDG-DOH-MAA one-way in J
COK-DOH-JFK in J on Nov 17 + throw away return in Y MIA-DOH-BOM on Nov 28 = $2605 instead of $2902 for COK-DOH-JFK one-way in J
You can even expect some $$ refunded when you cancel your throw away return (do it after having flown the outbound and before the date of the return flight).
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Originally Posted by Matt4 View Post
To avoid paying exepensive one-way J fares, one of the tricks is to book a return or open jaw ticket, with a throw away return in Y :
Matt4 - thank you for teaching this old dog a new trick! After 14 years on FT I thought I knew practically all the tricks there were to know, but your tip has somehow evaded me until now. ^
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Old Oct 14, 18, 5:58 am
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Many thanks for all the replies! @Matt4: Awesome!
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Old Oct 14, 18, 11:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Matt4 View Post
Many airlines, QR included, fare rules have a restriction preventing customers from buying an open jaw ticket with a super long (JFK-CDG) open segment :
Perhaps Qatar amended their rules recently? I rechecked, and such Open-jaw tickets were possible until at least August *2017*.

I had to fly to Bombay for a friendís wedding, before flying BOM-DOH-JFK-DOH-KUL last year, and booked the ticket through Qatarís website... this same route now does not appear to be bookable.
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Old Oct 15, 18, 12:39 am
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Originally Posted by crackjack View Post
Perhaps Qatar amended their rules recently?
Yes they did it for the routes/fares on which that restriction was not already in place but I canít tell exactly when it happened.
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