Someone I know might have been flying on a throwaway ticket over the past few weeks.
This is one of the best, most useful techniques for saving money on airfare.
Sure, flying to Chicago might be really expensive, but connecting in Chicago enroute to Milwaukee is downright cheap. You buy a one-way ticket to Milwaukee, get off in Chicago, and save money.
That’s great until… either you have to check bags (those will go on to Milwaukee) or your flight is cancelled. The airline rebooks you. On a non-stop flight to your destination. That’s the risk.
That happened. And not the checked bag part.
The airline sent a flight cancellation notice, and it was my job to call and I found that the reservation had already been rebooked. To a city that was in the itinerary, but the passenger had no plan to visit.
That’s not going to work. I explain that I need the original routing, it was booked on purpose. If I needed, I had a whole bunch of reasons why that’s the case. My favorite of course is “I’m having an affair and I just need a 40 minute connection in the lounge…”
What flights would I like? Why the departure that’s one hour later than the originally scheduled flight, thank you! And then the next flight onto the ticketed destination.
What, you don’t think anyone can have an affair with a 36 minute connection? That’s less than the published minimum
coitus connecting time? Well then the next connecting flight will work. (No one is going to take it anyway!)
They agreed to do that. But they set up the reservation for the wrong flights, so it took another call (and they really, really wanted to help out with a non-stop flight). But problem solved.
You can save money, but it’s not always seamless.