I have a Canadian Visa and an air ticket to Toronto via Montreal. However, I would like to stop at Montréal instead of going to Toronto. While I asked my travel agent to cancel this booking, he refused to do so saying it would cost me more. Instead, he asked me to check in only upto Montreal.

Is this possible?

Update: Finally, it turned out to be not as scary as made out in the present answer: When I checked in at Chennai, I asked them to check my luggages only upto Montréal. And, I cleared customs at Montréal and collected my luggage and just walked out...

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    May be related: This as well as this
    – CGCampbell
    Aug 23, 2014 at 21:42
  • Will you have checked-in luggage or only carryon?
    – Eugene O
    Aug 23, 2014 at 22:57
  • @kan could you word an answer (assuming you ever come back to this site, of course) and then select your own answer as the accepted one? It is encouraged, and helps keep Travel:SE's answered question ratio up.
    – CGCampbell
    Aug 30, 2014 at 13:33
  • @CGCampbell Hello: Thanks for the nudge to write an answer: how does it read? BTW, I would like to be active on this site for sufficiently slack definition of "active"!
    – kan
    Sep 2, 2014 at 2:32

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Assuming you have no further flights on the same ticket (like the return) you can get off anywhere you want. The airline will cancel all future flights on that ticket.

Your checked suitcase will probably end up on a Toronto baggage carousel, going round and round and eventually feeling quite rejected. It will eventually get picked up by airport security for loitering and then spend several days being passed from one handling service to another, with some unpleasant security searches in between. This could lead to long-term trust issues and require a lot of suitcase therapy.

( If you clear customs in Montreal you will have your bags and can just walk out. )

  • Not sure if Canada is different, but under US rules, if you miss the Montreal-Toronto flight, they will hold it in order to take your luggage off. So your suitcase will be in Montreal, but you may have delayed the flight for everyone else, and the airline may not be happy with you. Aug 24, 2014 at 0:26
  • That's also possible, but it happens less in the US as they now screen everything for explosives. it would be heavily dependent on the origin.
    – Paul
    Aug 24, 2014 at 1:14

Recall that my itinerary is: MAA -- FRA -- YUL -- YYZ and that I would like to break my journey at YUL.

Here is the only relevant detail I figured out subsequently:

  • Irrespective of my final destination, I will have to clear customs and go through immigration checks at the point of entry as far as Canada is concerned. In particular, being a student, I should collect my student permit at Montréal.

Here's a summary of what happened:

I requested the Lufthansa airlines staff to check my luggages only upto YUL telling them that I will not fly the YUL -- YYZ flight. They sought to know why I did not want to fly. Upon explaining my rationale (that I really wanted to get to Kingston, ON and I would take a train from Dorval, Montréal to Kingston, ON), they checked my luggage only upto YUL.

Lufthansa issues boarding pass only for the MAA -- FRA at Chennai. I had to collect the boarding passes for the other flights operated by Air Canada at their counter at Frankfurt from the appropriate gate.

At Frankfurt, the Air Canada staff issued my boarding pass for both the flights and they did not care about my telling them that I would not fly the last flight on the itinerary.

Now I do not what my status was as far as the last flight is concern, but as I have described, it was hassle-free to not fly the last flight in my case...

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    nicely done and thank you for thinking of returning here. Glad your flight worked out for you.
    – CGCampbell
    Sep 2, 2014 at 2:47

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