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Old 01-12-10, 07:11 PM   #1
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Trying to change my airline ticket time. Standby?

So I'm scheduled to arrive at my destination at 9:30PM. Things have come up and I realize it would be better if I arrived at an earlier time, on the same day. I know there are tickets available. It appears that continental airlines wants $150 as a fee for changing my flight times. Right, this is more than I paid for my ticket!

Can I just show up to the airport early, go on standby for one of the earlier flights, and probably get in?
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Old 01-12-10, 07:16 PM   #2
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Old 01-12-10, 07:18 PM   #3
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The best solution is probably just to buy a new bike. the cost of upgrading your current ride just isn't worth it.
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Only if it doesn't fit right. If it fits, it's worth upgrading.
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So I'm scheduled to arrive at my destination at 9:30PM. Things have come up and I realize it would be better if I arrived at an earlier time
Clearly The frame is the wrong size. I stand by my previous post.
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I fly about once a decade; why are you asking me?


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I fly about once a decade; why are you asking me?


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He wasn't asking you, he was asking me ................................... I don't know either

Try AirplaneForums.net
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So I'm scheduled to arrive at my destination at 9:30PM. Things have come up and I realize it would be better if I arrived at an earlier time, on the same day. I know there are tickets available. It appears that continental airlines wants $150 as a fee for changing my flight times. Right, this is more than I paid for my ticket!

Can I just show up to the airport early, go on standby for one of the earlier flights, and probably get in?
you can try...I think they will charge you for standby.
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It really depends on the ticket agent. It is in the airline's best interest to move you as they free up a seat with more time to sell it. That said, if it is an international flight, no way. Domestic shouldn't be a problem. Go for it!
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Your only hope is to find a willing ticket clerk or gate agent. These days most airlines don't offer any standbye and will fly an empty plane rather than forgo a $50 ticket change fee. So 95% of the time you are stuck but I have found gate agents willing to help and they can really do whatever they want. Also if you want to try it don't give up try the ticket agent, try the service desk, try at the gate of the earlier flight keeping working it and you may get lucky.
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Also, never fly through Chicago. Especially in the winter.

But if you're on CO, that shouldn't be an issue.
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Search around on your airline's website. Somewhere they should have information on their standby policy. Some of them still have a standby fee, but it's less in my experience than their flight change fee. I think a few haven't yet caught on to the idea of nickle-and-diming, which is why I plan to fly Southwest if I ever again even think there's a chance I will need to change a flight time. I've been burned on this before, and Southwest is one of a very few that recognizes this as a valuable feature. On their flights, you just pay the difference in fares.
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Search around on your airline's website. Somewhere they should have information on their standby policy. Some of them still have a standby fee, but it's less in my experience than their flight change fee. I think a few haven't yet caught on to the idea of nickle-and-diming, which is why I plan to fly Southwest if I ever again even think there's a chance I will need to change a flight time. I've been burned on this before, and Southwest is one of a very few that recognizes this as a valuable feature. On their flights, you just pay the difference in fares.
The secret is not to change your flight ahead of time unless you have to. Changing it by phone or online will guarantee being charged for the change. If you want to show up, and you are polite, there is a very strong chance you will be moved to an earlier flight by the passenger agent. If he/she doesn't offer, try the gate agent for the earlier flight.
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Last time I flew, I called the airline asking to change. Cost was extremely prohibitive, $150 sounds about right. Or, they said, I could call 3 hrs before the flight to see if there was space. 6am flight. I spent the night at the airport, called at 3am, got on the early flight, arrived home early afternoon, instead of around midnight. I'm guessing different policies for different airlines--call airline customer service direct. If departure time is during business hours, wait at the airport for cust service rep.
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So I'm scheduled to arrive at my destination at 9:30PM. Things have come up and I realize it would be better if I arrived at an earlier time, on the same day. I know there are tickets available. It appears that continental airlines wants $150 as a fee for changing my flight times. Right, this is more than I paid for my ticket!

Can I just show up to the airport early, go on standby for one of the earlier flights, and probably get in?
have you ever wondered where would you go to ask your idiotic questions, if you grew up in a time before the internet?
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have you ever wondered where would you go to ask your idiotic questions, if you grew up in a time before the internet?
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