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  • aq.1988 413 posts

    Hi,

    Question on behalf of a friend that just earned their 241 voucher.

    They are looking at doing an open jaw, outbound in September, and inbound in March. The surface sector is within the distance rules.

    Their question is, can they change/cancel the inbound flight after the outbound in September has been flown? If not, what are their options if they do need to change it?

    Or, can they book the outbound now only, and book the inbound (using 2nd half of the voucher) closer to the time? The seats have been released so it’s not a case of waiting for availability, just their plans are not certain. If so, presumably they can’t use the 2nd half of the voucher after having already flown the outbound in September?

    Thanks!

    NorthernLass 6,748 posts

    They need to book the outbound before they fly the inbound – how confident are they that the seats will still be there if they wait?
    But yes, the inbound can be changed after the outbound has been flown, subject to the normal Ts and Cs. If it’s a straight cancellation, it’s easier to do this with 2 separate PNRs as it should be possible to do online.
    Are they thinking they won’t need the inbound, or that they’ll return from somewhere different?

    aq.1988 413 posts

    Thank you. Just to clarify, they hope to fly LON-RUH September ’23, and fly from ISB-LHR in Mar ’24, but are flexible on the inbound. Availability to both are pretty open, as they are going in Y.

    They are actually going to come back in September from SA on Saudia using Virgin points from JED.

    And then, they plan to go to ISB in Feb, maybe using a BC voucher. So they will technically have another trip within the outbound and inbound of their 241 redemption, which I think is called a ‘nested’ trip? Is that right, and permitted? BA probably wouldn’t have known, except the Feb flight to ISB would be on BA.

    The reason why they may need to cancel the inbound is they may not do that trip at all, or dates may need to be changed to fit around work.

    duggie1982 257 posts

    Thank you. Just to clarify, they hope to fly LON-RUH September ’23, and fly from ISB-LHR in Mar ’24, but are flexible on the inbound. Availability to both are pretty open, as they are going in Y.

    They are actually going to come back in September from SA on Saudia using Virgin points from JED.

    And then, they plan to go to ISB in Feb, maybe using a BC voucher. So they will technically have another trip within the outbound and inbound of their 241 redemption, which I think is called a ‘nested’ trip? Is that right, and permitted? BA probably wouldn’t have known, except the Feb flight to ISB would be on BA.

    The reason why they may need to cancel the inbound is they may not do that trip at all, or dates may need to be changed to fit around work.

    The BC UV needs to depart from a UK airport I’m sure

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