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User currently offlineOmegous From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 293 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

I have a trip coming up on Delta and my uncle (same last name) used his FF miles to get me an award ticket for a multi leg trip.

I have my e-ticket and seat reservations.

I was reading though, on Delta.com that award tickets aren't guaranteed their seats? Is this so, despite having a reservation number and seat assignment for all my flights?

Or am I just being paranoid about using an award ticket?

Will this ticket be the same as a normal ticket I purchased (as in I shouldn't be concerned, just show up, check in since I have a bag to check and enjoy my trip? I hate surprises!).

Any info is appreciated.

I am flying coach on a full flight on an award ticket with reserved seat on Delta airlines.


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User currently offlineTbird From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 851 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1548 times:


Your being paranoid, I've flown on plenty of award tickests and everytime have gotten a seat. Plus when TWA was around I upgraded myself to first for a small fee, I beleive Delta has a similar program.


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6210 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

I have a buddy who was flying Delta on an award ticket from IAH-SLC-LAS, and they bumped him off in SLC.

Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineOmegous From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

1 says no problem, another says it could be?!

AHH! Makes me more nervous...

User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

Award seat availability is limited, but once you have your ticket you are as confirmed as any other passenger. That having been said, any passenger could be involuntarily denied boarding in an overbook situation. Generally Delta has no problem getting people off the aircraft by offering vouchers. If you did happen to be bumped you would be protected on a later flight and given vouchers.

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

I just flew RIC-ATL-LGW on a Delta award ticket and had no problem. The seat assignments I obtained several months prior were still good. They even let me stand by for a seat on an earlier flight from ATL-RIC, and I got it. I was second on the standby list. So you shouldn't have any problem.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA

Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offlineNickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

As noted above, the problem with frequent flyer programs lies with booking your flights since the airlines only allot a certain number of award seats per flight. Once you have a confirmed booking, you are treated just like any other passenger - so, in the event of irregular operations, you have exactly the same rights as anyone on a paid revenue ticket. Although award tickets are non-rev, they are not non-rev employee tickets which are often on a stand-by basis.

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