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Early Or Late Check-in. Risk Of Downgrade?  
User currently offlineWoof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4715 times:

If you were travelling J class on a 3 class flight with a reserved seat (does reserved actually mean anything?), are there any benefits of checking in early (online 24 hours before, for example) and would these benefits outweigh any risks of checking in at the airport?

So if I check in early, I'm very likely to get my pre-assigned seat. If I check in late and J class is overbooked, I might get lucky with an upgrade to F, but I could also get unlucky with a downgrade to Y.

What would you do?

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User currently offlinetraindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

Personally, I always check in as soon as I can, once the check in window is open. That way if something happens, such as cncelled flight, change of A/C, etc, I am more likely to be OK. Why would checking in later make you more likely to get upgraded to F? Isn't that usually done based upon FF and fare paid and not check in time? In fact would not the opposite be true, earlier check in increases your odds of getting up graded.

User currently offlineWoof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4662 times:

Quoting traindoc (Reply 1):
Why would checking in later make you more likely to get upgraded to F? Isn't that usually done based upon FF and fare paid and not check in time? In fact would not the opposite be true, earlier check in increases your odds of getting up graded.

If J was overbooked and at the time of check-in all J seats were taken but F was pretty clear?


User currently offlineSpeedbird2155 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 879 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4657 times:

Quoting Woof (Reply 2):

If J was overbooked and at the time of check-in all J seats were taken but F was pretty clear?

Each airline is different, but most airlines would move their top card holders and full fare ticket holders first, regardless of check-in time if there was a situation of oversales.


User currently offlineWoof From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4652 times:

Quoting Speedbird2155 (Reply 3):
Each airline is different, but most airlines would move their top card holders and full fare ticket holders first, regardless of check-in time if there was a situation of oversales.

Lovely, thanks for the replies.


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