Virgin Atlantic question

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  1. gilld

    gilld <font color=deeppink>Will just have the butler ope

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    I need to book a flight to Barbados in March and I would like it to be VA for the miles. I only need the flight one way as we shall be cruising home.

    Looking on-line, the cost of a one way UC seat is £2,943, whereas the cost of a round trip seat with the outbound seat in UC and the return flight in Economy is is £1,233.

    Is there anything to stop me booking the roundtrip and just no showing for the return? Unethical technically but £1,700 is a lot more to pay to be ethical.

    What do you think....will they chase us up for the extra fare if we don't show up for the return flight?
     
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  3. CustardTart

    CustardTart <img src=http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/images DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    That difference in price is just so crazy I'd have to give it a whirl! There must be times when folk don't show up for their return flight - illness or what have you. Actually, I've done it myself - flown to Paris on a v cheap BA return ticket but stayed longer and returned on Eurostar instead...
     
  4. Goofyish

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    Strictly speaking if you are booking a round trip with no intention of ever using your return, you are violating the rules of the fare, and you are committing a fraudulent act. The airlines have a right to collect the difference. They have given you a discount fare on the understanding that you will return with them.
    I guess it all depends on how strict VA are on this. To be honest I don't think they would do anything - it would probably be too much hassle :)

    Doing it the other way round can leave you stranded because if the outward leg of a return ticket is not used then the return leg can be automatically cancelled!
     
  5. UKDEB

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    Airlines rely on people not turning up for flights in order to oversell. :confused3

    I'd suggest posting your question on the V-Flyer forums.
     
  6. Frances999

    Frances999 DIS Veteran

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    My DH has done this a few times before with no problem whatsoever.

    Sounds like you've got a wonderful trip planned, Gill! :goodvibes
     
  7. Jakey Rowling

    Jakey Rowling DIS Veteran

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    Done this a couple of times on business trips where they have been extended and I've missed the return flight.

    We now use non-flexible fares where changes are not permitted to save money and take the hit on the odd occasional fare when we have to rearrange travel.
    I don't bother informing the airline as the tickets are fixed and I've never heard a peep from anyone and never gave it a thought to be honest, you've paid for the flight.
     
  8. carolfoy

    carolfoy <font color=cc6633>One has Ones hat and One's orf.

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    as Tim says Gill the airline does have the right to chase you for it, but I have clients that do this all the time and have never been chased for it yet, I'd definately give it a go.
     
  9. islandmum

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    exactly - and they've probably oversold the flight anyway on the BGI route as they always do .... I totally wouldnt stress about it and enjoy the UC treatment - but beware you'll never want to go back to turning right when entering the plane!
     

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