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I bought a roundtrip ticket between two US cities A->B->A for two people. One of us will not do the flight A->B. From what I've seen in other questions, I don't expect this person to be able to do B->A.

  • Can the other person do A->B?
  • Can the other person do B->A?
  • Can I do something to solve this mess that doesn't involve paying lots of money?
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What you've read is correct. Rules may vary based on the particular airline's Contract of Carriage, but in general:

  • Yes. If only one of you shows up for A->B that shouldn't be a problem.
  • Probably. Once the other person doesn't show up for A->B their return ticket will be cancelled, however, even if booked together the two tickets should have different ticket numbers. Hence, I would expect that the ticket of the person who did fly A->B will still be honored. However, I would strongly encourage you to contact the airline to confirm.
  • Probably not. Unless you or the other person has status with the airline on which you are flying, in which case if you call the elite help desk, get a particularly nice agent, and really sell your reasoning for dropping A->B they may have mercy on you. However, most likely not.

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