RT: Discount ticket one-way, refundable the way back

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  1. prometheusg
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    I'm fairly new to AA. I need to buy a round-trip ticket, but I don't know my return date or even if I'm returning within the year, but I will eventually return. Is it possible to book the way over as a discount fare and the way back as refundable? My next question is, if I cancel the return portion of the ticket, how much will be refunded? The full value of the return ticket or some "residual" amount based on the price of a one-way? Thank you!
     
  2. Westsox
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    You can just buy the one-way ticket to your destination now and the when you have a more definitive schedule for your return, book another one-way ticket back.

    If you need to book both flights now, just book them as two separate one-way tickets. If the return is booked as "fully-refundable", it will be fully refunded if you comply with the terms and conditions stated in the fare rules. One ticket will have no bearing on the other.
     
  3. prometheusg
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    Yes, that would be simpler, but I can't buy a one-way fare for less than 'B' booking code. I would have to buy two refundable tickets. I want to know if it's possible to buy it as a round trip so that I can get the fare outbound as a discount class. I want to know if that works.
     
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    No. Once you have a non-refundable segment in your itinerary, the entire ticket falls into the non-refundable bucket.
     
  5. prometheusg
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    That's what I figured. But I made a reservation on AA and put it on hold. When I look at the fare rules, it doesn't say anything about the return portion being non-refundable. It says the first ticket is non-refundable, but the second says,

    ECONOMY RESTRICTED FARES B
    Between THE UNITED STATES and AREA 1 FOR ONE WAY FARES


    The fare basis code is B2 if that matters. Where can I find the relevant info on how the ticket becomes non-refundable. It's not that I don't trust you, I just want to see it for myself. Thanks!
     
  6. rchavez
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    The issue is that the site will give you the fare rules for each fare basis independently. However, when non-refundable fares are combined with refundable fares, then the refund and restriction rules take the most-restrictive form of the two.

    It's been a long while since I've had to do any thing around ticketing, so this is one area where I will defer to others with more practical experience in this area. But I'm pretty sure that NYBanker is correct.
     
  7. prometheusg
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    Thanks for the input. I guess we're going to have to suck it up, lol. Like I said, I kind of figured that already, but I was hoping someone would give me some good news. ;-)
     

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