BlueFlyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4190 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 13120 times:
Looking up a specific flight on seatcounter.com, I see 7 seats available at the most expensive C bucket, but the airline's online seating map (which I do know isn't all that reliable) shows one seat unassigned. Am I correct in inferring that the airline is willing to overbook C by at least 6 seats ?
GentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3260 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12654 times:
You might want to try www.travelocity.com or one of the other reservation search engines. They are fairly good at documenting how many seats are left at a particular fare price. i.e. "Only Two Seats Left At This Price"
I can't speak to the accuracy of the data. I've been told some publish lower numbers to entice the the flying public to book then and there.
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Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12461 times:
Quoting GentFromAlaska (Reply 2): They are fairly good at documenting how many seats are left at a particular fare price. i.e. "Only Two Seats Left At This Price"
But that doesn't have anything to do with the total number of tickets sold and the total number of seats available.
Airline reservations systems will never show more than 9 seats available in any fare bucket; some won't show more than 5 or 7 seats.
Seatmaps avaiable to the general public generally don't differentiate between blocked seats and seats that have actually been assigned (though certain seat maps available in certain places on CO do a pretty good job of illuminating the difference)
Perhaps the airline is willing to overbook by X; perhaps X (or some number of seats approaching X) seats are blocked/held for gate assignment or depending on the configuration of the actual aircraft that operates the flight.
On the flip side the seat map may appear to be wide open but there may be little availability in any fare bucket -- this could be for operational reasons (weight restrictions, to create space for passengers from expected delays/oversales...)
Basically the only way to know for sure is to either work for the airline or ask someone who works for the airline nicely.
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