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Old 09-18-2012, 02:53 PM
Location: northeast PA
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I'm posting this on behalf of my sister. She and her husband are going to Las Vegas Sept. 29- 0ct.6. She checked the reservation and saw she has seats already assigned for all except the return flight from Vegas to Philly. In checking seat availability, she noted there are only a few seats left on that flight, and they are all "prime" ones in coach. Does this mean it's highly likely they are going to get bumped off that flight? She can "choose" those available prime seats...at an extra $45 each, of course. She is not fond of flying as it is, and is already a wreck over this. Has anyone had a similar experience, and what happened? She made the reservations all the way back in March, so you'd think they'd have a seat assigned.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:21 PM
Location: Airports all over the world
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I travel a lot and deal with this all the time. Many airlines now block the non-prime seats until check in time. If you have already purchased the tickets the chance of getting bumped is all but nonexistent. You have a few options. You could do nothing and just let the airline assign your seats when you show up at the airport. If you do that chances are good you could end up not being seated next to each other. You could both end up in center row seats. A better option is to check in on line exactly 24 hours before the flight. At that time you will be able to see that many of the non-prime seats are actually available. You might have to pay a few dollars for an aisle or window seat. If worrying about whether or not you get seats next to each other is going to affect the quality of your vacation then it might be worth it to spend the $45 now for seats.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:24 PM
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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More and more seats aren't being assigned until check-in, usually 24hrs in advance, unless you want to pay a fee. She won't be bumped.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:14 PM
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If the flight is full, you may not be able to get seats together. However, make sure you check in early, most airlines let you check in on line 24 hours prior. That way you will be on top of the list of passengers who do not have seats assigned. Your chances of sitting together will be greater then. Seats will usually be assigned prior to boarding time.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:26 PM
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Airlines can't let everyone book seat ahead of time, Just about every flight is overbooked to some point. So they can't give two people the same seat number,

So they hold back the back seats for 24 hours or airport/gate (3hr or less) assignment. When they physical have your body in the airport they know you will be in the seat so they can give the seat number then, or at gate. Each airline has its own rules on who they bump, if the plane is over booked, and they can't get enough volunteers.
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