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Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:02 am

For tomorrow's flight on Delta, DL1114, I cannot select seats. I've been told the seats are blocked until checking-in at the airport. As I have never experienced this before, can anyone tell me if it's normal for Delta, and, if not, why it's happening? Is it because of overbooking or CG issues by any chance?

Any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
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RE: Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Sun Jun 10, 2007 1:32 am

Quoting Dc9northwest (Thread starter):
For tomorrow's flight on Delta, DL1114, I cannot select seats.

This happens all of the time. There is a certain number of seats alloted to online Check-In, and the balance are under airport control. You have a seat, just insure that you are at the airport to allow yourself enough time to check-in, I would strongly recommend 90 minutes-120 minutes prior.

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RE: Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Sun Jun 10, 2007 2:32 am

As FLYGUY767 stated, this happens all the time. Airlines only allow a certain amount of seats to be selected prior to DOD (Day of Departure). DL1114 MCIATL 10JUN hows there are 9 actual seats avail. and 23 seats that are not assigned. Definately get to the airport early, but you will not have a problem getting a seat even if you're traveling with another person. Let me know if you need any more info. Enjoy your trip!
 
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RE: Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:41 am

I travel with Delta quite often and have never had that happen. I know they assign the emergency exit seats at the airport but the rest of the seats I was always able to choose online.

On the other hand, every single time I book an international flight with Continental the seat assignment has been blocked for "airport assignment" which I find the most inconvenient procedure. I tried calling them and all I got was a "non-answer" and "I cannot do anything" kind of thing.
 
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RE: Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:39 am

Quoting LINATE (Reply 3):
I travel with Delta quite often and have never had that happen. I know they assign the emergency exit seats at the airport but the rest of the seats I was always able to choose online.


Actually, the emergency exit rows (or most of them, anyway) and several other conveniently-situated rows are considered "premium seating" on Delta. Seats in these premium rows can only be selected by Medallion members when booking online. I believe any unassigned premium seats can be selected by non-Medallion members at the airport on the day of travel...someone correct me if I'm wrong.
 
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RE: Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:44 am

You can also get the premium seats if you pay full-fare.
 
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RE: Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:32 am

Quoting Jascmil (Reply 4):
I believe any unassigned premium seats can be selected by non-Medallion members at the airport on the day of travel...someone correct me if I'm wrong.

That's the way it works on Continental as well; once the online checkin window opens (23 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds or so before departure) anyone can grab a previously unclaimed "Premium" seat.

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RE: Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:20 pm

Quoting LINATE (Reply 3):
I know they assign the emergency exit seats at the airport but the rest of the seats I was always able to choose online.

There are other seats also, that are blocked for special needs passengers. On the CRJ alone, rows 1 & 2, as well as the exit row are blocked so the agent working the flight can accomidate special needs. When I worked for DL we only had the ability to release these seats within 3 hours of departure (at the time when the agent can take primary control of the flight).

Now, the reason the OP can't select seats on the flight is because the only remaining seats are those that are blocked. That said, there is still a risk that the flight may be oversold, such as 10 blocked seats but 12 passengers unseated. Don't worry about it, just make sure that you're at the airport early... don't be one of those passengers that runs up 30 minutes before push or you may find yourself as the last one standing when the music stops.
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RE: Delta-seats Assigned Only At Airport Check-in?

Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:39 pm

Quoting Delta Fly Boy (Reply 2):
As FLYGUY767 stated, this happens all the time. Airlines only allow a certain amount of seats to be selected prior to DOD (Day of Departure). DL1114 MCIATL 10JUN hows there are 9 actual seats avail. and 23 seats that are not assigned. Definately get to the airport early, but you will not have a problem getting a seat even if you're traveling with another person.

That is pretty much how most carriers work the system. They hold so many premium seats for last minute full fare purchases by business travelers. I think this is what gets WN fans on a.net all riled up is that only so many of the seats on DL, UA, CO, AA, US or NW or any other carrier using the typical method are available for online pre-selection. So they see somehow that the "cattle-herd" A-B-C method is somehow superior when they see this "class-warfare" by the legacy carriers. I typically purchase my seats 4-5 weeks in advance for my own travel, and for work since USDA is under the federal GSA contract I get the premium seats and always have had a window or an isle. When the flight is impacted and overbooked however, I always get to the gate early enough to get on the list for a 1st class upgrade, and that has happened enough that I really enjoy that. It also allows someone stuck in standby to get onto the flight more readily. Last August going between SLC-SEA I did this and it allowed a woman from DAY to get on using my pre-selected for coach that I gave up when I made the upgrade to 1st class. She had weather delays getting out of DAY and was in danger of missing the boat on her cruise from SEA up the coast.
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