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I'd like to purchase a round-trip ticket from Budapest to Denver. However, I might have to change the origin of the inbound (Denver => BP) ticket.

  1. BP => Denver
  2. Denver => BP (<= I'd like to change this to e.g. SF => BP)

Is this possible?

I know I can rebook the date of the flight, but can I change the origin? This is all the info I found during the checkout:

This Economy ticket can be rebooked. The originally paid ticket amount will be credited against the new ticket. In this case also a fare, tax, fees and charges differential might apply. The following conditions must be observed:

The new flights are booked -184 days before the start of the new journey as the tarif includes an advance purchase. Advance purchase conditions no longer apply when rebooking is processed after departure of your first ticketed flight The minimum stay until 06.07.2021 must be observed (for changes of the outbound date the required minimum stay may vary correspondingly). The original fare is still available The flight sequence remains unchanged Changes must be made before departure of original scheduled flight Changes not permitted in case of no-show Otherwise the fare will be recalculated and any fare, tax, fees and charges differential may apply.

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    Note that this is called an “open jaw” ticket. Not all fare rules allow it, or there may be restrictions on the two ends of the open jaw (Denver and SFO) being in the same “zone”, with zones being sometimes extremely small and other times very large. – jcaron Apr 14 at 0:21
  • Reads title. Immediately thinks "why are you not asking Lufthansa?" – Mawg says reinstate Monica Apr 14 at 8:50
  • I bet you it is cheaper to simple buy a one-way SF-Denver, completely independant, and be there for your original flight. – Aganju Apr 14 at 16:21
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Is this possible?

Sure. The question is how much LH will charge you for the change.

There is always two parts to a change: change fee plus the price difference between the new on and the old ticket.

The change fee may be waived but that depends a lot on the specific ticket that you bought and the associated fine print. In your case that seems to be a no-go since you are violating "The flight sequence remains unchanged" and most likely a few other conditions too.

You are always on the hook for the price differential between the old and the new booking. If you are lucky, the newer one is cheaper or the same price, but more likely it's going to be more expensive, especially if the change occurs closer to the flight date. Note the caveat in the fine print: "The original fare is still available" . In my experience that's rarely the case since fares change all the time.

Not sure exactly when you want to fly, but it looks like prices are currently picking up quite a bit for the June/July time frame. Airline prices are notoriously hard to predict and are sometimes very illogical (that's why I'm flying lie flat international business tonight for less than $90/leg or $15/hour).

When the time comes to make the change, you just need to price it out and see where it ends up. As an alternative you can also look at one ways from SFO to DEN and keep your original ticket. A round trip SFO-DEN might be cheaper as a one-way as well. You can take the first leg and skip the second one (although their could be side effects if you have status with that airline).

You can also try to call LH and ask the question directly and have them recommend what and how to book for your specific case. Official Fare rules are incomprehensible to normal human beings and sometimes span 10s of pages, so calling about it is not unusual. If you are lucky you get a knowledgeable and helpful agent. If you do, ask for a transcript of the call and/or the conditions so you can pull it out when it's change time.

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  • Thanks. Do you have a general idea of what the change fee could be if it's not waived? – adamgy Apr 13 at 22:04
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    This really depends on the specific conditions and fare rules of your ticket and can vary a lot. Before Covid was one of the more fee-greedy airline and a change for an transatlantic ticket would easily run you about $300 (or 250 Euro). With Covid they may have gotten a bit more flexible. Many airlines now advertise "more flexibility" and "no change fees" but in some cases that's just a smoke screen. The conditions on the "free" change are so restrictive that it becomes mostly useless. So you either need to play through the fare rules or call them up. – Hilmar Apr 14 at 10:29

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