|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
, 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
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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