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There is (generally speaking) no way around this. In your situation you have four options:

  1. Cancel the original ticket and book a new one. This may be useless if the original fare doesn't allow refunds. However it would free up a seat for some other traveler who might need a last-minute ticket.

  2. Book a new one-way ticket and alter the original reservation. You've already found out this is prohibitively expensive, since one-way fares can often be more expensive than round-trip fares. The reasons for this are discussed herehere.

  3. Alter the date of the original Brussels->NY flight so that you can get there earlier.

  4. Ignore the original reservation and get a brand new return ticket.

The airlines are following a certain contract to which you've agreed when booking the ticket. It may or may not be absurd, but that's just how modern airlines operate.

There is (generally speaking) no way around this. In your situation you have four options:

  1. Cancel the original ticket and book a new one. This may be useless if the original fare doesn't allow refunds. However it would free up a seat for some other traveler who might need a last-minute ticket.

  2. Book a new one-way ticket and alter the original reservation. You've already found out this is prohibitively expensive, since one-way fares can often be more expensive than round-trip fares. The reasons for this are discussed here.

  3. Alter the date of the original Brussels->NY flight so that you can get there earlier.

  4. Ignore the original reservation and get a brand new return ticket.

The airlines are following a certain contract to which you've agreed when booking the ticket. It may or may not be absurd, but that's just how modern airlines operate.

There is (generally speaking) no way around this. In your situation you have four options:

  1. Cancel the original ticket and book a new one. This may be useless if the original fare doesn't allow refunds. However it would free up a seat for some other traveler who might need a last-minute ticket.

  2. Book a new one-way ticket and alter the original reservation. You've already found out this is prohibitively expensive, since one-way fares can often be more expensive than round-trip fares. The reasons for this are discussed here.

  3. Alter the date of the original Brussels->NY flight so that you can get there earlier.

  4. Ignore the original reservation and get a brand new return ticket.

The airlines are following a certain contract to which you've agreed when booking the ticket. It may or may not be absurd, but that's just how modern airlines operate.

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There is (generally speaking) no way around this. In your situation you have four options:

  1. Cancel the original ticket and book a new one. This may be useless if the original fare doesn't allow refunds. However it would free up a seat for some other traveler who might need a last-minute ticket.

  2. Book a new one-way ticket and alter the original reservation. You've already found out this is prohibitively expensive, since one-way fares can often be more expensive than round-trip fares. The reasons for this are discussed here.

  3. Alter the date of the original Brussels->NY flight so that you can get there earlier.

  4. Ignore the original reservation and get a brand new return ticket.

The airlines are following a certain contract to which you've agreed to when booking the ticket. It may or may not be absurd, but that's just how modern airlines operate.

There is (generally speaking) no way around this. In your situation you have four options:

  1. Cancel the original ticket and book a new one. This may be useless if the original fare doesn't allow refunds.

  2. Book a new one-way ticket and alter the original reservation. You've already found out this is prohibitively expensive, since one-way fares can often be more expensive than round-trip fares. The reasons for this are discussed here.

  3. Alter the date of the original Brussels->NY flight so that you can get there earlier.

  4. Ignore the original reservation and get a brand new return ticket.

The airlines are following a certain contract which you've agreed to when booking the ticket. It may or may not be absurd, but that's just how modern airlines operate.

There is (generally speaking) no way around this. In your situation you have four options:

  1. Cancel the original ticket and book a new one. This may be useless if the original fare doesn't allow refunds. However it would free up a seat for some other traveler who might need a last-minute ticket.

  2. Book a new one-way ticket and alter the original reservation. You've already found out this is prohibitively expensive, since one-way fares can often be more expensive than round-trip fares. The reasons for this are discussed here.

  3. Alter the date of the original Brussels->NY flight so that you can get there earlier.

  4. Ignore the original reservation and get a brand new return ticket.

The airlines are following a certain contract to which you've agreed when booking the ticket. It may or may not be absurd, but that's just how modern airlines operate.

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There is (generally speaking) no way around this. In your situation you have four options:

  1. Cancel the original ticket and book a new one. This may be useless if the original fare doesn't allow refunds.

  2. Book a new one-way ticket and alter the original reservation. You've already found out this is prohibitively expensive, since one-way fares can often be more expensive than round-trip fares. The reasons for this are discussed here.

  3. Alter the date of the original Brussels->NY flight so that you can get there earlier.

  4. Ignore the original reservation and get a brand new return ticket.

The airlines are following a certain contract which you've agreed to when booking the ticket. It may or may not be absurd, but that's just how modern airlines operate.