JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3185 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
I believe on a bucket system like this, the GDS would only show up to 9, which implies that there are still plenty (or 9 at minimum) seats available in each class. I don't think there is anyway to tell exactly how many seats are open on this system, except to add up all the numbers there and use that as a minimum amongst the classes.
I could be very very wrong, though. Just my guess!
Oznznut From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
Yeah, it would be so much easier if a person could just go the airline web-site, search for the specific flight, and pull up a seating/availability plan. I know you can on AA, think you can with UA. Until about a year ago, could do so on NZ.
I wonder if the airlines' love of overbooking causes them to not do so. I mean, if the chart showed no seats available, most sane folks would not buy another seat on that flight. Where would they expect to sit? On the wing?
Asuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2373 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2557 times:
GDS fare buckets are not a very accurate way of predicting whether or not a flight is full. It merely shows fare classes which are still available for purchase.
Quoting Oznznut (Reply 4): Yeah, it would be so much easier if a person could just go the airline web-site, search for the specific flight, and pull up a seating/availability plan.
Seat maps are also a pretty inaccurate method of determining flight availability. They does not show reservations without seat assignments. Alternatively you may be able to reserve a ticket on a flight where all of the seats show sold.
Passenger Boarding Totals (PBT) are proprietary information and I would be hard pressed to believe airlines would casually release this information to the public.