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Old 10-17-2012, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Cottonwood CA
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"Not flying" really isn't an option for us either. We live in Northern CA and often vacation in the southeast. Driving east can easily mean two solid days of driving through the desert-each direction-depending on the route. We of course have limited vacation days. I've found that one hour of flying time is essentially equal to a day of driving.

Looks like others have experienced the same conditions. Perhaps now my wife will be convinced that I truly didn't opt for those seats near the latrines...

In the future I'll look to book directly with the airlines instead of using Orbitz, et al.

Thanks for the responses!
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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That can happen where the requests are made, but then are changed as the airlines have seats available, and whatnot. I generally don't have an issue when I book seats, but if you are an infrequent traveler, that can happen. On a recent trip, two of my nieces were traveling with their maternal grandmother (no relation to me), and requested to be seated together. One niece and the grandmother had the assigned seats as requested, but the other niece did not. I called the airline, since I fly with them frequently, and explained the situation, since when their grandmother called, the agent said that an 11-year old should be fine a few rows away, and would not change it. Once the agent I called knew that I was a frequent flier, it opened up all sorts of assistance with the issue. Not only did they reassign seats to have them seated together, they offered an upgrade to first, but since there are only two seats together, the grandmother did not want that as she wanted the younger niece in the middle seat. The airline did, however, waive fees for baggage, premium seating, etc. and rebooked the entire itinerary to have them seated together, and in premium seats on all segments of their trip.

What you can do, in future, is call the airline when you get a confirmation to see what is available before you get to the airport. You may have to pay the nominal fee to get the seats that are held-back for frequent fliers in coach, or change the row, but you may get better seats than those at the rear of the plane. At the gate, it's not always as easy, especially on a booked flight, but if you call when you check in early, you should have less of a problem.
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