|Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):|
, seats on the later flights are confirmed to those whose requests are processed first. Once all remaining seats are booked to those who were processed first, everyone else goes onto the oversale (standby) list, regardless of status or fare paid.
Interesting. I was wondering if my line position on that flight had something to do with this experience, but I also think there is more. Last October, I was on a cancelled flight DEN
(mechanical, the aircraft that was supposed to take us never left STL
and by the time a new A/C was brought in, the crew timed out, and being very late, no other crew was available). Nobody left that night as just about no flights were leaving until morning, so they put us up for the night. But, here I was, flying on a highly discounted fare, with no FF
status whatsoever (this was my first trip with UA
), yet I was, after talking to some of my fellow passengers, on one of the earliest flights out they were booking people on. I was toward the front of the line that they had for rebooking, but oddly, some that were before me got later flights in Y. While waiting, it would seem there was a shift change, and new personnel staffed the positions. When I got up to the gate agent, he kept typing and grimacing, and eventually offered me an earlier flight, upgraded to first. So, then, it seemed to me that who accommodates you also makes a difference, as the first agent seemed unwilling to upgrade us to find us seats, while the second did it. When some of my fellow passengers discovered that I was put into confirmed first on an earlier flight, they were pissed, though.
Also, one neat thing was he said we could try to get an earlier flight on standby. He didn't specifically mention the next part, but if I read my new ticket correctly, he also changed my booking code to "F", which I imagine would put me at the front of the standby line. I wasn't in a hurry, so I took the confirmed F seat rather than stand around the airport all morning. Bit I think this would be a good practice for airlines in regard to those on cancelled flights (when the next flight is full, at least): upgrade booking codes so they go to the top of the standby list.