A300AA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 393 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2761 times:
When a pax or a travel agency makes a reservation, there´s a time limit to confirm it, that´s why this is very usual to happen.
Statistics of now show pax on flights to Latin America are the highest in the industry, that's why Airlines usually overbook flight by 30 per cent.
Pax makes reservations that never use, or Travel Agencies just " block" those seats to sell them in the future, but the airline reconfirm all those seats as the flight gets near, and the reservation system erase all those seats.
Its, normal even from one day to the next day, flights might change from overbooked to open.
ARGinLON From Vatican City, joined Jun 2005, 614 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2750 times:
Quoting Avianca (Reply 4): how is this possible, 2 weeks ago the flight was fully booked (oversold) and only seats in business open, and now again nearly all classes are wide open, also the cheapest is still open...
How is this possible? I would understand if the flight would be lightly open again due cancelacions, but now with many seats in all booking classes?
This is due to revenue management playing with the flight to see what happens in terms of demand. Latin routes are one of the strongest (if not the strongest) ethnic markets in Xmas time.