Canceling a Plane Ticket
As part of knowing a lot of folks in the frequent flyer community, I was recently able to get involved with attending the annual American Airlines Sky Ball, held each year in Dallas to honor our nation’s military, certainly a worthy cause. Several weeks ago, I made flight arrangements to be at the event on the Saturday it was being held, and was fortunate enough to find a very cheap fare, under $150 on American, my preferred carrier.
Unfortunately, just last week I found out the re-scheduling of an important event with an exciting project I’m involved with. Not wanting to miss out, I looked into the options of canceling or re-scheduling my now purchased airline ticket to Dallas.
- I could change the ticket for a $200 penalty. Not too exciting of an option considering I paid less than that for the ticket itself.
- Just cancel the ticket and forfeit the fare.
However, I had another crazy idea.
Since my outbound fare was from Dulles to Dallas, and back, I did a bit of searching for an intermediate ticket that would bring me from Dallas to New York, and back to Dallas, thus being a round-trip within a round-trip.
I was able to find a sub-$150 fare, again on American, from Dulles to La Guardia, in the middle of my original round-trip (I urgently purchased the ticket, but turns out I didn’t need to.). So, it goes something like this:
- Fly from Washington Dulles to Dallas.
- Layover in Dallas for about an hour. Perhaps grab a bite to eat in the Centurion Lounge.
- Then, depart on a flight from Dallas to La Guardia, at which point I’ll attend the event I’m scheduled to be at.
- Depart from La Guardia back to Dallas to volunteer and attend the Sky Ball charity dinner.
- Depart from Dallas back to Washington Dulles.
So, it was cheaper to purchase a second round-trip getting me to where I needed to go than to cancel a ticket. Go figure!
At less than $150, I guess I’ll call it a mileage run, even though I don’t need the miles and I don’t need any additional qualifiers for Executive Platinum status this year. So, I guess in the most logical sense, I’ll just call it a Dallas to La Guardia flight with a connection in Dallas… 😉
Have you ever found a creative way of dealing with a need to cancel a ticket or re-arrange flights?
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