Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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?
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  2. #2
    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    6,266
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Oops. Meant for foo
    C://dos
    C://dos.run
    run.dos.run

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    My Bikes
    late 80's bianchi campion d'italia, early 90's trek 2100, early 90's shogun selectra, mid 90's aluminum marin xcMTB, dept. store grade but upgraded columbia double eagle tandem
    Posts
    437
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The best solution is probably just to buy a new bike. the cost of upgrading your current ride just isn't worth it.

  4. #4
    Senior Member CACycling's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Oxnard, CA
    My Bikes
    '08 Fuji Roubaix RC; '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS; '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX
    Posts
    4,440
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by kludgefudge View Post
    The best solution is probably just to buy a new bike. the cost of upgrading your current ride just isn't worth it.
    Only if it doesn't fit right. If it fits, it's worth upgrading.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    My Bikes
    late 80's bianchi campion d'italia, early 90's trek 2100, early 90's shogun selectra, mid 90's aluminum marin xcMTB, dept. store grade but upgraded columbia double eagle tandem
    Posts
    437
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2 View Post
    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.

  6. #6
    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Indiana
    My Bikes
    RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
    Posts
    11,566
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I fly about once a decade; why are you asking me?


    good luck
    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

  7. #7
    Senior Member Homebrew01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ffld Cnty Connecticut
    My Bikes
    Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
    Posts
    15,506
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    I fly about once a decade; why are you asking me?


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

    Try AirplaneForums.net
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

  8. #8
    Banned. ModoVincere's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    1,628
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2 View Post
    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.

  9. #9
    Senior Member jdon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    4,157
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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!

  10. #10
    OnTheRoad or AtTheBeach stonecrd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Weston, FL
    My Bikes
    Ridley Noah RS, Scott CR1 Pro
    Posts
    2,167
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large

    2013 Noah RS

  11. #11
    derailleurs are overrated bigbenaugust's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    KIGX
    My Bikes
    2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, 2012 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno SSCX
    Posts
    1,731
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Also, never fly through Chicago. Especially in the winter.

    But if you're on CO, that shouldn't be an issue.
    --Ben
    Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
    2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX
    Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014)
    Current Linux Usage (by machine): Arch: I openSUSE: III

  12. #12
    Footballus vita est iamlucky13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Trek 4500, Kona Dawg
    Posts
    2,118
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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 internet is a place where absolutely nothing happens. You need to take advantage of that." ~ Strong Bad

  13. #13
    Senior Member jdon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    4,157
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by iamlucky13 View Post
    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.

  14. #14
    Mister Bleak! mconlonx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    5,098
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by eschlwc regarding mconlonx View Post
    least philosophical
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

  15. #15
    . botto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    40,335
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2 View Post
    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?

  16. #16
    You Know!? For Kids! jsharr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Just NW of Richardson Bike Mart
    My Bikes
    '05 Trek 1200 / '90 Trek 8000 / '? Falcon Europa
    Posts
    6,083
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    have you ever wondered where would you go to ask your idiotic questions, if you grew up in a time before the internet?
    I hope you brought a ****load of nickels.

    lucy-doctor-stand.jpg
    Are you a registered member? Why not? Click here to register. It's free and only takes 27 seconds! Help out the forums, abide by our community guidelines.
    Quote Originally Posted by colorider View Post
    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •