airportugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3748 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2610 times:
I'm just noticing a trend (at least to me...could be normal...) that when you try to book a flight online and can pick seats on some of the itinerary and not others, it might mean something. It has seemed to me that these flights are possibly overbooked and there are no seats to pick.
Is this normal or just a glitch of some kind? If I call on some, they will give me something. On the two occasions I did, they couldn't give me one on the phone, but no problem getting one at the check-in counter.
On another occasion, I couldn't change a Business class seat online (since there were no others available), but calling Res they gave me another a row behind.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4388 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
They often block whole group of seats for the higher fare classes (if you fly with a full service carriers there is a half alphabet) and for families who they want to offer seats together.
Once I booked a United flight AMS-IAD and even two months before there were only a few middle seats here and there available but luckily there was more choice when checking in the old way.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
ThreeIfByAir From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2505 times:
Happened to me 2 months ago while flying DL (Connection) DTW-ITH in "T" class, which is a low fare class (although the ticket was not especially cheap). The equipment was a 50-seat CRJ-200 and I couldn't get a seat when I booked the ticket 6 weeks ahead. I called DL twice to no avail, but when I checked in online the day before, I was given 2C.
At the gate in DTW, the flight was in fact booked to 51/50 and DL was calling for a volunteer, but 3 passengers didn't show up and we left with 2 seats empty.
Has typically happened on US & CO more than anyone...
Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 2): They often block whole group of seats for the higher fare classes (if you fly with a full service carriers there is a half alphabet) and for families who they want to offer seats together.
That makes sense...hadn't really thought of that one
Quoting ThreeIfByAir (Reply 3): I called DL twice to no avail, but when I checked in online the day before, I was given 2C.