Dropping last segments

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  1. ukgooner
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    Does anyone have experience of airlines' attitude when you don't complete your itinerary?

    For a mileage run requirement it suits me that my destination is actually one of the last stop-overs.So i will fall foul of the 24 hour rule. So I'd like to just drop the last 2 legs and get a separate booking to complete the journey.

    The detail: I'm booking BRU-LHR-LCY-JFK-LAX-HNL-LAX-MIA-LHR-BRU (in J CLass) $3k on aa.com

    This is less (in $) than LHR-MIA-LHR ($3.5-4k)

    But obviously the main destination is MIA not HNL. But if i extend the MIA stay beyond 24 hours the fare goes to $5k
     
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    I've done this a few times. It is basically "hidden city ticketing," though clearly your routing is more complex than the average one.

    As long as you are not a regular offender, I cannot see you having a problem with the carrier.

    Things to be mindful of, which could muck you up:
    1) Checking bags (need to short check, or ideally not check all the way)
    2) Visa and passport requirements
    3) Careful of double booking issues if you book an alternate one-way booking. Book the other routing in a different alliance.
     
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    As a general rule, I'd say UA is more tolerant/ambivalent about this than AA. But, as a one-time event, I'd highly doubt you'll have an issue. If you can, you might want that second ticket to be on a different airline.
     
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    Good idea. I have a different mile bank so no need to use same identifiers for the last trip home.
     
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    Just out of interest - what happens if they do decide to be difficult?
     
  6. Wandering Aramean
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    How long is the current booked layover in MIA? And will you have checked bags?
     
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    23 hours and no I won't check any bags
     
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    Then you'll be fine, so long as you don't make a habit of it. Even if you did have checked bags the 23 layover is enough that having them checked only to MIA rather than all the way beck to Europe wouldn't be a problem.
     
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