GRZ-AIR
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I Have No Seat For My Flight! Need Info!

Sun Jul 21, 2002 6:58 am

Hello All !

On Friday I fly FRA-PHL on US AIRWAYS ! The Problem is that I have no seat yet. If I check in on Friday I will probably be asked to volunteer due to a overbooked plane. I will check in very early - so if I volunteer earlier than others I probably have a higher priority of getting a seat , correct ? Well , I don't want to get a seat , I would rather volunteer and get some cash plus a nice night in a FRA hotel. Then , the next day I could have checked in already and get my preferred seat. Do you think it's possible to tell the Agent that I sort of want to have a high chance of staying in FRA instead of getting a seat. I volunteered last year , however I was amongst the first ones and therefore got a free seat. Any answers are thankfully welcomed !
Thank you ,
Patrick
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trickijedi
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RE: I Have No Seat For My Flight! Need Info!

Sun Jul 21, 2002 7:08 am

If you really want to stay at FRA for one more day and eventually receive compensation from the airline, then my suggestion to you is to guarantee a seat on the plane first. When you initially check in, the agent will try to find you a seat. If she succeeds then you are booked. The volunteering process doesn't usually happen until you reach the gate area (unless of course, that is where you initially check in). If you have a guaranteed seat and then they decide to ask for volunteers then you can go ahead and volunteer your seat. But if you don't have a guaranteed seat for the flight then you have nothing to volunteer. So assure your seat first.
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GRZ-AIR
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RE: I Have No Seat For My Flight! Need Info!

Sun Jul 21, 2002 7:31 am


Ok ! Thanks for the reply. Thats what I will do then.
Greets,
Patrick
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AC330
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RE: I Have No Seat For My Flight! Need Info!

Sun Jul 21, 2002 9:46 am

If it makes you feel any better, as an airline employee myself, I know that airlines (most anyway that I am aware of) hold back about 10-20 percent of the seats for airport assignment only. The res agents don't have the ability to book them. You will have no problem....just show up early and they will assign you a seat.

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AIR757200
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RE: I Have No Seat For My Flight! Need Info!

Sun Jul 21, 2002 10:10 am

AC330 is right... Only so many seats can be pre-reserved. Many times, if the agent pulls up the seat map, at least half the plane has unreserved seats, but they are for airport check-in. You'll be considered an oversale when the blocked seats are exhausted and only the reserved seats are remaining.

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CMK10
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RE: I Have No Seat For My Flight! Need Info!

Sun Jul 21, 2002 10:58 am

You asked at just the right time! On Friday i had a slowww day at work so i read a USAToday and in there was this article all about bumping:
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/vacations/destinations/2002/2002-07-19-free.htm
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aq737
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RE: I Have No Seat For My Flight! Need Info!

Sun Jul 21, 2002 12:21 pm

Yes, a certain amount of seats are allocated to airport personell, but sometimes, on high-yield flights, they already know they are over booked, so at check-in, you can ask. That is what I did on AA...

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GRZ-AIR
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RE: I Have No Seat For My Flight! Need Info!

Mon Jul 22, 2002 7:11 am


Thanks alot for all the help !
That article is great.

Appreciate it alot ,
Patrick
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