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onward flight requirements - workaround?

Posted by antoniamitchell on 20/1/2016 at 01:32

Hi,
Just heard of this outfit that will "rent" you an onward flight, which gets automatically cancelled after 48 hours, to get around airline requirements to have an onward flight:

https://flyonward.com/

Has anyone used them before? If legit could be a good alternative to buying a cheap throwaway ticket.....

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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/1/2016 at 19:49 admin

Hmmm, never seen that before - am quite curious how they're doing it - and if they are real tickets or just forgeries.

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 21/1/2016 at 01:03

Hey Somtam,

It says on their website that they work with a travel agency who books fully refundable tickets, and then automatically cancels them shortly thereafter.

Do travel agencies have a way of avoiding paying booking fees, so they can avoid the costs we'd normally associate with buying and cancelling a refundable ticket? I dunno. But this would be a great idea if it was all legit.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/1/2016 at 01:23 admin

Not sure - have sent the link to a flights travel agent I know to see what they make of it. Will report back when I hear something.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/1/2016 at 02:27 admin

So I heard back, here was what they told me (via chat):

"Ha ha haaaa
They're most likely just making reservations then cancelling them later
Perhaps no real tickets are being issued at all
This is very illegal in (the EU country where my friend is based)
Overall very dodgy
There's also no names, phone number nor address. Nor any bonding."

So make of that what you will :-)

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 21/1/2016 at 14:12

Thanks, Somtam!

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Posted by sidewinder on 22/1/2016 at 05:08

Saw a blog recommending this site yesterday - http://returnflights.net/

Different approach, it essentially photoshops a ticket for you. Really not sure I'd be comfortable using it, even if 99% of the time all they want to do is see *something*, you're still falsifying a document

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 22/1/2016 at 12:26

Very true, Sidewinder. I also think the check-in desk staff can access the Sabre/Galileo/Amadeus systems and check if the reservation number is valid, so the photoshop approach would rely on the check-in staff being too lazy to check. Far too big a risk for my comfort level.

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Posted by amnicoll on 22/1/2016 at 23:55

this is not the only site to offer this.

No idea if check in staff would normally check but they may have a list of these sites and check those using them

Caveat Emptor

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