What happens if I miss my flight?

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  1. Maximizer

    Maximizer Silver Member

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    United.com is a bit confusing on this, so I just want to make sure. My understanding is that I can standby for a later flight and pay a $75 change fee (assuming non-refundable ticket and no status), but won't be asked to pay a fare difference. The good old days of getting to the airport late due to traffic and being put on a later flight for free are long gone.

    Is this correct? What if I cannot tell them in advance that I would be late, for example because I'm on another flight with no way to communicate? I think elsewhere they say that you forfeit your ticket if you don't cancel before departure...?

    Thanks in advance for clearing this up!
     
  2. MSPeconomist
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    If you're on another plane, would it be the same ticket? Also UA or at least *A?
     
  3. Maximizer

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    It would be a completely separate ticket on another alliance :)
     
  4. desamo

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    Can be complicated, depending on status. Generally, I don't do these kinds of trips same day.
     
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  5. Maximizer

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    Yes, sounds too risky. Thanks.
     
  6. SC Flier
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    Is there an interlining agreement between the two airlines?
     
  7. Maximizer

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    So the other airline is BA. I doubt there is an interline agreement since they are in different alliances. How do I find out for sure though, are these agreements published definitively anywhere?

    What happens if there is an interline agreement, but I'm on two separate tickets? Do they treat them as one through ticket then? I know AA publishes such a policy, but I don't know about others.
     
  8. SC Flier
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    FWIW, Wikipedia says that UA has an interlining agreement with AA and BA. No citation is provided, though.

    I don't know the answer to your questions, but I wonder if such an interlining agreement might can let you get the two tickets related? If you checked a bag, wouldn't you be able to check it straight through? (Assuming that it's a legal connection.)
     
  9. Maximizer

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    From this FT thread it sounds like BA won't interline to UA on a separate booking unless maybe if you get an agent having a very good day.

    Also after a quick search it sounds like interlining is specifically about bag transfers and not about missed connections.
     
  10. traveltoomuch

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    In practice UA seems to still have a "flat tire" rule. I'm not sure what the rules say. Especially if you're showing up at a special services counter inside security (v. a check-in counter), they're likely to rebook you without much fuss. But it is a risk.
     
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  11. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Of course, given how full planes are these days, the next available flight might not be the next flight.
     
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    Not an expert in this, but I thought interline agreement is only in regards to checked bags?
     
  13. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    You apparently thought wrong. ;) For example:

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...between-asia-and-north-america-140728143.html

    NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Korean Air jointly announced today an interline partnership which allows travellers to conveniently book connections between JetBlue's network in The Americas and Korean's network throughout Asia Pacific.
    Effective this week, customers can book tickets for combined travel on JetBlue and Korean Air through New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Connecting travel can be booked by calling Korean Air reservations* or a preferred travel agent.
    ...
     
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  14. kw335
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    I stand corrected. Hence why I'm not an expert :D
     
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  15. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Neither am I. I was under the impression that there are baggage interline agreements and ticketing interline agreements. I certainly have checked in bags with carrier X to be forwarded to carrier Y when the two flights were not on the same ticket and the two carriers were not in the same alliance. E.g., Bangkok Airways from Koh Samui to SIN, "connecting" to United Airlines.
     
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    summarizing the thread: not sure, but best of luck :)
     
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