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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From Tuvalu, joined Jan 2006, 4949 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 15085 times:
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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 ?

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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9027 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 15052 times:

Looking at seat maps is horribly unreliable. Airlines hold seats back all the time for airport assignment and elite flyers that can't necessarily be seen by everyone looking at a seat map.

Using SeatCounter and seat maps, you can't tell if a flight is oversold (you can get an idea, but it's by no means accurate), nor can you tell how many more people would be an oversale, etc.

User currently offlineGentFromAlaska From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14619 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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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 14426 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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