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Old 11-08-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Thanks for all the replies... I'll just do the usual 24 hour online check-in and hope for the best. :-)
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Before I spend hours on hold with Continental I figure I would ask here.

I booked a flight in September for a Thanksgiving trip from Seattle to Philadelphia. I chose my seats when I booked.

Last night I decided to look at my reservation, and on my return PHL-SF flight, my seat assignment has vanished. It says the seats are all full and I don't have one assigned.

I'm slightly concerned being I have to be to work the next day and it makes me wonder if I could possibly not be on this flight?!?! I hear about airlines overbooking but this has never happened before.

If anyone can shed some light on what's going on I'd appreciate it.
Everything worked out fine... I checked in online and chose my seat without issue.

I did learn something about baggage fees as well. Prior to leaving Seattle I checked my bag online due to the fact it was slightly oversized by a few inches for a carry-on bag, according to the rules I read on the website.

I get there and see everyone and their mother with a carry-on bag, most of which were bigger than mine.... LOL? I then hear a "the plane is full and we don't have enough overhead room and are offering free checked bags if you'll bring it to the counter."

Ummmm.... so what did I pay $25 for? It seems to me the airlines created their own monster with the bag fees leading to a lack of room on full flights.

Anyway, on the return trip I did not check my bag and got the same offer... checked it for free and saved the $25.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Everything worked out fine... I checked in online and chose my seat without issue.

I did learn something about baggage fees as well. Prior to leaving Seattle I checked my bag online due to the fact it was slightly oversized by a few inches for a carry-on bag, according to the rules I read on the website.

I get there and see everyone and their mother with a carry-on bag, most of which were bigger than mine.... LOL? I then hear a "the plane is full and we don't have enough overhead room and are offering free checked bags if you'll bring it to the counter."

Ummmm.... so what did I pay $25 for? It seems to me the airlines created their own monster with the bag fees leading to a lack of room on full flights.

Anyway, on the return trip I did not check my bag and got the same offer... checked it for free and saved the $25.
Nice!

And thanks for posting an update.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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A couple points

- reserved seats are never guaranteed (although I have rarely had a problem with changing or disappearing seat reservations)

- if a flight is overbooked- either because of a change of equipment or just plain overbooking- one symptom is that you will not be able to select a seat. IF that happens be particularly sure not to arrive late. In cases of overbooking the airline will offer money and/or free flights to free up some seats. Involuntary bumping is rare.
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