I am traveling to Europe and on the way back I have a long wait in NYC before flying to Philadelphia. It would be more convenient for me to take a train from NYC home to Pennsylvania then wait for an early morning flight from NYC to Philadelphia and then again train from Philadelphia home. Is there any penalty if I just skip the last leg of my final destination? Thank you :)

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Do you have checked luggage? You face the risk of it carrying on to Philly without you.

Also some airlines get antsy about this, especially given you'll be checked in, and can sometimes make it hard for you to travel with them again.

Another option would be to go to the service desk on arrival and ask if there's an earlier flight available, meaning you don't run the issues of losing your flight, and can still get back earlier than the long wait would have required.

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    In this specific case (incoming international flight into the US), under normal circumstances OP will have to reclaim their luggage in NYC anyway, there isn’t much preventing them from skipping the baggage drop desk after exiting customs. In degraded circumstances the passenger and/or checked baggage may be rerouted through other airports, but since the final destination is still Philadelphia, that doesn’t matter much.
    – jcaron
    Dec 17, 2021 at 7:33
  • Thank you so much both for your insights and advices!!
    – Nana
    Dec 19, 2021 at 17:33

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