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Do I have to go to Las Vegas or can I stop in Phoenix?
October 15, 2012 7:15 PM   Subscribe

I have a round trip flight later this year on US Airways that has a layover in Phoenix and then continues to Las Vegas. It turns out that it would work out better for me to just leave the Phoenix airport instead of going on. My return flight would be unchanged ( leaving from Las Vegas ). If I do this ( intentionally miss the second hop of my flight ) will I have problems later? I'm concerned about the possibility that the airline might cancel my return flight or something else along those lines. If you have done this kind of thing (especially on US Airways) please let me know how things went. Thank you.
posted by metadave to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Yes, they will generally cancel your return flight if you miss any leg of your outgoing flight.
posted by jaguar at 7:16 PM on October 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Obviously you won't be able to check baggage. And it's likely that they will cancel your return flight. I wouldn't do it.
posted by grouse at 7:17 PM on October 15, 2012


They will almost certainly cancel your return trip (assuming it's on the same itinerary), even if you ask them/tell them what you're doing. Not worth it.
posted by brainmouse at 7:19 PM on October 15, 2012


Thirding that they won't like it if you just do it. But it wouldn't hurt to ask the gate agent if they have a way to make it work for you. You never know.
posted by gjc at 7:20 PM on October 15, 2012


If you miss any part of your itinerary, the airline will cancel the rest of your trip.
posted by inturnaround at 7:20 PM on October 15, 2012


DON'T do this - unless you'd like to get stuck in Vegas/Phoenix and forced to buy a full-fare ticket home. Almost every* airline will cancel the remainder of your trip if you no-show for any leg. Fares are sold as the whole trip, and you not showing up for any part of it voids any obligation they've got to carry you.

You might be able to modify the fare to be an open jaw (Home -> Phoenix, Vegas -> Home as a single fare) but you'll probably be charged a change fee.

* Southwest is the only exception I can think of.
posted by jacobian at 7:22 PM on October 15, 2012


Thanks for all the quick and good answers. I'll just go on to Las Vegas - not a major inconvenience.
posted by metadave at 7:27 PM on October 15, 2012


This idea is called hidden-city ticketing, don't do it.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:28 PM on October 15, 2012


Yeah, all airlines dislike this and US Airways is especially horrid about canceling your return itinerary even if your outbound connection is delayed in Phoenix for hours and hours and hours and the delay stretches overnight so you finally tell the gate agent you're just getting a rental car so you can make your business meeting the next morning... And she conveniently "forgets" to record it.

Once you're in US Air's clutches, you're pretty much captive until you (finally) reach your final destination.
posted by SakuraK at 11:35 PM on October 15, 2012


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