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I booked an American Airlines ticket Newark --> Philadelphia --> Pittsburgh since it was cheaper than direct Philadephia --> Pittsburgh. I would like to simply get on at Philadelphia (I am traveling from central Jersey), but I assume my ticket will be voided if I don't show up in Newark. Is it possible to get the airline to divide my ticket onto two bookings so I can cancel one?

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    @MichaelHampton Not quite a duplicate. – Karlson Jun 21 '15 at 2:07
  • You can certainly book PHL-PIT but they'll charge you a lot more for it. Save a few hundred bucks and take the train to EWR. – Michael Hampton Jun 21 '15 at 2:07
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What you are trying to do is "hidden city ticketing" and it's forbidden by AA's contract of carriage, so I would not expect them to make it easy for you to accomplish this.

I would think that if you try to split the itinerary, they will compute the total fare for one-way trips EWR-PHL and PHL-PIT and then charge you for the difference above what you have already paid, perhaps in addition to a change fee of $100-$200 if your original ticket was non-refundable. So this is even worse than just changing your itinerary to PHL-PIT.

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