mirrodie
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Trying To Understand The Reservations Systems.

Thu Mar 06, 2003 4:32 am

I am not writing this to bitch but more to understand RESERVATIONS systems as a whole.

A while back, I got all pumped up to go on a Concorde trip on BA. But it fell through b/c of some reservations snafu.

I was getting ready again to go soon and again the reservation fell through b/c of an admitted error again on the part of reservations.

Here is what I do not understand. The rules regarding the ticket are this:

need to be bought WITHIN 7 days of flight.
Must be ticketed by Feb 14.
Offer good until April 1.

Does that make ANY sense at all?

Also, now I do not know the load factor for the day that I intended to fly.

But doesn't the airline look at the situation and say to itself, "OK, the reservation is NOT going through....BUT wait, if we DO NOT sell the ticket, the seat goes unfilled AND we lose a sale anyway."

Having been through the upset again, it is their loss regardless. But I guess the RESERVATIONS systems never cease to amaze me.
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Goldenshield
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RE: Trying To Understand The Reservations Systems.

Thu Mar 06, 2003 6:48 am

The fault doesnt lay in the reservation system, but whomever encoded the fare basis itself....

The computer is only going by what it sees, and the agent cannot override it.
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mirrodie
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RE: Trying To Understand The Reservations Systems.

Thu Mar 06, 2003 7:21 am

I understand this. Therefore the dope isn't the system but the coder.

And we are hoping to have computers one day fly our planes??? I doubt it'll ever happen! (not so long as humans are there to foul it up  Wink/being sarcastic)
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RE: Trying To Understand The Reservations Systems.

Thu Mar 13, 2003 3:20 am

and the agent cannot override it.

At AA, I could. Mainly Supervisors at ATO, CTO, or "Resolution Desk" agents in res ops can. They use what is called a SIP mask for fare absorb, change fee waivers and other favors.

Mirrodie, some day, we'll get together when I'm in NYC area for Happy Hour and I'll explain what I can.

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ndege
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RE: Trying To Understand The Reservations Systems.

Thu Mar 13, 2003 8:53 am

Depending on the rest of the fare rule, this actually might make sense as I'm quite familiar with arguing the finer points of fare rules.

need to be bought WITHIN 7 days of flight.

This can be the origin of a round-trip fare. Meaning you must initiate travel within 7 days of booking, but it can just be segment one of a round-trip travel. I'd have to read the rest of the rules to determine this for certain.

Must be ticketed by Feb 14.

This means the ticket has to be purchased by no later than 14 February.

Offer good until April 1.

Travel must be completed by 1 April.

So, to reword this all a little more clearly, if you purchase before the 14 Feb and travel within 7 days, so long as you return by 1 April, you can have this fare, subject to availability, blackout dates, off-peak travel days, and butterflies flapping their wings in some remote village in China.

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mirrodie
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RE: Trying To Understand The Reservations Systems.

Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:15 am

Ndege, it had to be BOTH LEGS within 7 days of booking.
But a weird BS situation.

Never had a problem before.

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