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I want to cancel a return flight with Ethiopian airlines. It is a two leg flight and I want to go to a different final destination. I am then going to book a new flight for the same day which has the same first leg as the cancelled one but a different second leg.

Will I have any problems checking in if I do or do not cancel the first two-leg flight?

  • Anecdote: I did a similar thing, rebooking the first of a two-leg flight with Ethiopian (changing departure but going to the same destination). Contacting the airline and asking them to rebook worked fine (and was slightly cheaper than buying a new ticket). – HenricF Sep 3 '18 at 8:30
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There may be some confusion at check-in about which ticket you are using, but as long as you have the ticket record (PNR) on hand to indicate which one you want to use, you should be fine.

However, are you sure purchasing an entirely new ticket is the best option? It's worth contacting the airline and seeing if they can just change your final destination: while there will probably be change fees involved, this is likely to be cheaper than booking a new flight.

Even if you have a completely nonchangeable/nonrefundable ticket, it's worth canceling the old one, since this way you can at least claim back the taxes and fees.

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    This is new but interesting info to me: can you get taxes and fees refunded if you cancel a non-refundable ticket? How? – user Aug 25 '18 at 22:18
  • @user Yes, you can, call the airline and ask. – jpatokal Aug 25 '18 at 23:49

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