Because I'm traveling with other people, I needed to book all of our tickets together as roundtrip--when I tried buying my own one-way ticket, I didn't have the option to choose the same airline let alone the same itinerary (even on United.com). I alone be staying in the country for work, and won't be coming back until at least a year later.
I didn't pay for flight insurance, so my ticket is "non-refundable". I read that with all the various fees United tacks on ($400+ for changing the flight, + substantial difference in remaining value), and the fact that I can't anticipate a specific return date, it might be better for me to just keep quiet and no-show my return flight.
Has anyone been in a similar situation? If so, what would you recommend I do? I would love it if I could convert whatever the return ticket was worth (minus whatever fees for changing the flight) into airline credit--that way, I could at least salvage maybe a hundred bucks or something (flight was $1600). But something tells me no airline would do this. Anyway, I'm afraid that if I call and give them advance noticed about my no-show return flight, they might void my entire itinerary or something..