The feds won’t come after you. Chronus is incorrect with the security assumption. It is far too easy for a terrorist to simply pay extra for a one way ticket. Cost wasn’t an issue in 9/11.
Here is what you do. Buy the round trip. Fly after you complete your flight call your credit card in as missing / stolen. The airline will see you didn’t return and bill you credit card for the difference.
Boom they can’t it will come up declined.
In fact my boss would fly USAir from Chicago to DC with a stop in Pittsburg and just get off in Pittsburg as it was cheaper than non stop from Chicago to Pittsburg
I’ve dealt with airlines for years. In fact I was ops manager(an independent company not owned by the airlines) and what we did was find discount day of rooms for people stranded by airlines.
Airlines without exception care little for passengers. They know people will get upset but they have to fly. I myself took Amtrak to NYC. I have never been so miserable. Sure you’re miserable on a plane too but only for 2 hours not 24 like on a train.
In fact Wendy Lauber the Customer Service Director in NWA MSP told me that customers may chose another airline but eventually if they fly to Minneapolis they always return to NWA.
Airlines make money buy overbooking. I will give you a run down of what some paid these are the lowest rates the airlines paid for a hotel room.
(these are what the hotel costs when the airlines pay. If they give you a “Discount Coupon” the cost is at least double. But still less than you’d pay on your own)
United - Chicago 29.00
NW - Minneapolis 23.00
NW - Detroit 19.99
United - SF - 69.00
NW - Boston - 79.00
United Denver - 25.00
Delta Salt Lake - 31.00
United LA - 22.50
So you can see why it pays to bump. It only adds to their cost slighty
United used to add $5.00 per person per meal for pax and 100.00 per person per meal for first class. Same (100.00) for ALL international flights regardless of class
In fact many times United would divert a flight from SFO to LA simply to save cost on hotel rooms.