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Old 04-16-2012, 11:36 PM
 
Location: New York City
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I travel frequently and almost always alone. I've noticed in the last year or so that I've had my seat switched on almost half of the flights I've taken. A few times I've even had to receive my assignment at the gate. I'm fed up with it. The gate agents say they want "flexibility" but I feel that I'm being picked on because I'm traveling alone.

Does anyone else have this problem? Anything you can do about it?

In the theater it's illegal to switch a person's seat assignment after s/he has bought a ticket.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Airlines can change seat assignments - Travel - The Buffalo News (http://www.buffalonews.com/life/travel/article570099.ece - broken link)
I think they can for many reasons. To put families together, to balance a weight etc. An airline can even take your seat away entirely (involuntary denied boarding), in which case it is required to provide cash compensation.
Can the Airline Take Away My Assigned Aisle Seat? - SmarterTravel.com
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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Yes, I sometimes have the problem, but not only when travelling alone. Sometimes they change the aircraft, sometimes they block seats for Frequent Flyer Gold Members whatever, actually I hate it to fly without a window seat.

I guess they often chose people without a status on that airline, because they don't care about people without status. I don't have any status, because I always fly on different airlines and alliances like Star Alliance, Oneworld, Skyteam or airlines like Cubana, Bahamasair, Southwest etc. without alliance membership.

In case of an online reservation for a "premium seat" like window or aisle at AA instead of a middle seat in a 2-5-2 config Boeing 777 (for which you have to pay extra fee), are there any rights for compensation, if they change the seat?
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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I'm gold on Emirates and United/Star Alliance and I love getting to pick a seat that's already taken since I sometimes wait to the last minute to book a flight.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:09 AM
 
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I fly often but don't have any high level status with any carrier since I am always flying different carriers and can't rack up enough miles on one. I rarely have my seat switched (I mainly fly alone) but no status holder would want to bump me since I am not occupying a premium seat...just a regular crappy seat in steerage...I mean Coach. My company generally puts me on Delta and US Airways and 80% of the time I am on an Embraer or some other 50 seater commuter jet type thing, so that may be why.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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When one buys an airline ticket, one is not buying any particular seat (like in a theater). One is only buying a seat of a particular type in a particular class (such as first/business/economy etc.).
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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I have never had this issue. Fly mostly alone.
Is there a certain airline you are flying that is doing this?
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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When one buys an airline ticket, one is not buying any particular seat (like in a theater). One is only buying a seat of a particular type in a particular class (such as first/business/economy etc.).
Then I guess, seatguru.com is pretty futile now.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Boonies
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I'm gold on Emirates and United/Star Alliance and I love getting to pick a seat that's already taken since I sometimes wait to the last minute to book a flight.
Why is there some sort of joy in being able to do that to someone?

Last edited by tarragon; 04-17-2012 at 01:52 PM.. Reason: spelling error
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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Why is there some sort of joy in being able to do that to someone?
Hey, I spent time and money so I deserve the perks. I'm tall and I want the exit row or a window seat in the bulkhead and I'm going to get it.

Unrelated:There should be a height requirement for exit row seats. If you're 5'4 you don't need that seat.
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