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I want to book a flight from city A to B from Qatar Airways ( A-Doha-B) which takes at least 10 hours and book another flight from city B to C from Qatar Airways again ( B-Doha-C) one day after I arrive in city B. I want to book these two flight by self, that is, I have two separate tickets and booking references. So, If I miss the second flight due to a delay in the first flight, what can I do? Since two flights are from Qatari, does it compensate for the second flight?

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    why do you actively want separate booking references? It seems you know there will be no compensation in that case, yet you want somehow that there could be anyway? – Kate Gregory Oct 29 at 14:29
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    I know that's your question. My comment was why are you doing this? If both tickets are from the same airline you could do them all as one itinerary, do you have a reason not to? – Kate Gregory Oct 29 at 16:15
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    Apart from doing a job in city B, also the price of booking these 2 flights is 60 percent of one flight ( A->C)! 1600$ ( A->B->C) to 2400$(A->C)! – mahdi_12167 Oct 29 at 20:36
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    What if you book A->B->C as a multi-city option with the airlines? – hojusaram Oct 30 at 3:32
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    surely this is a many-times dupe ? – Fattie Oct 30 at 17:28
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No, if they are booked separately, it is your sole responsibility to be there in time for the check-in and boarding deadlines of the second flight. If you miss it, you'll either have to change the booking (before the check-in deadline, usually, though it may depend on the fare, and possibly with penalties/fees and a fare difference), or book and pay for a new ticket. Remember that in some cases, missing the first flight on a return ticket may cancel the whole return trip. Also remember that if the next available flight is the following day, you'll have to pay for your hotel, meals, transportation, etc.

Whether you get to the airport on foot, by public transport, in your car or via another flight does not matter, and the fact that it's the same airline does not matter either.

The airline may take the situation into account, but that's purely goodwill on their part, they have absolutely no legal or contractual obligation to do so.

You may however be covered by your travel insurance (including those sold by airlines and booking sites, or those bundled with some credit cards). This will depend on the exact terms of your travel insurance (and if you have one and it covers this flight, of course).

Options for you include:

  • Booking the whole trip as one ticket (multi-city or with a stop-over, in your case)
  • Booking the second flight with a flexible fare that allows free or cheap changes (but you're still on the hook for hotels etc. if you have to stay overnight)
  • Adding more buffer (overnight is usually more than enough for short-haul flights or flights on busy routes, but may be an issue with infrequent long-haul flights, which are probably a lot more frequent these days).
  • Having good travel insurance (double-check the terms and exclusions).

Good travel insurance seems like a must anyway these days, given all the risks surrounding travel (cancellations, border closures, etc.).

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  • Apart from doing a job in city B, also the price of booking these 2 flights is 60 percent of one flight ( A->C)! I need to check the fare and insurance. – mahdi_12167 Oct 29 at 15:57
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    You may also experience that the first flight is cancelled and the second is going but you are unable to make it as you can not get to the airport it starts from. The airline is taking that risk for money, you can take that risk but you better insure it. – Willeke Oct 29 at 17:03
  • @Willeke I do not think so! since, every flight in QatarAirways, it stops in Doha ( A->Doha->B, B->Doha->C is 1600 and A->Doha->C is 2400) – mahdi_12167 Oct 29 at 20:40
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    Not related to financial obligations, but be also aware that a potential right to transit without a visa or just a transit visa as opposed to having a proper visitor's visa may require that you have a through ticket and not two separate bookings. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Oct 29 at 21:41
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    @mahdi_12167: "the price of booking these 2 flights is 60 percent of one flight" – Yes. One reason for that may be that the airline thinks the risk of missing the second flight is high, and so they include the cost associated with that risk (having to pay for your hotel, paying you compensation for the delay, rebooking you onto a potentially more expensive flight, providing you with laundry in case your luggage makes it to the second flight but you don't, etc.) in the price of the ticket. If you book the tickets separate, then it is you who is responsible for that cost. – Jörg W Mittag Oct 30 at 5:38

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