I know people have previously asked for websites that allow individual travellers to check on seat availability by fare classes. These include www.seatcounter.com and www.expertflyer.com, etc. I have the following questions to ask those who might be in the know in this forum.
a) Is it possible for private individuals to have access to computer reservation systems like Amadeus, Abacus or Galileo just like travel agents do?
b) Do websites such as Seat Counter show the same seat availability as say Amadeus or the actual airline reservation system itself?
Once I needed to change my flight on Thai Airways from Bangkok to Singapore. When I checked seat availability through Seat Counter, it showed that only Y class had seats available; I was booked on Q. So, I gave Bangkok reservation centre a call. I asked if the specific flight was full in that specific class. The agent looked at the flight and told me to wait. After a while, he informed me that there was 1 seat available for Q class. Quickly, I told him to grab that seat for me.
It made me wonder if availability shown on websites differ a little from actual airline availability. I also wondered if the airline agent had tried to overbook the fare class by confirming me, if he had the autonomy to do so. I happened to be connecting from a flight from Japan. Did it make a difference whether I had a connecting flight, assuming that he indeed try to make it possible for me to complete the journey? Of course, it could be a simple case of availability situations being dynamic, hence, the resulting available seat.
c) Might it be possible for private individuals to be able to book and issue tickets through any system besides travel portals and airline websites, either now or in future? I have read some reports on this forum about some members pricing reservations themselves and then ticketing themselves. They might be travel agents themselves or have access to systems that allow them to do so.
Would appreciate any response to the questions above.