IMPORTANT! This is MoneySavingExpert's open forum - anyone can post

Please exercise caution & report any spam, illegal, offensive, racist, libellous post to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com

  • Be nice to all MoneySavers
  • All the best tips go in the MoneySavingExpert weekly email

    Plus all the new guides, deals & loopholes

  • No spam/referral links
or Login with Facebook
Quick Q? are all flights overbooked?
Closed Thread
Views: 481
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
# 1
WOW Factor 0
kissmekate
Old 08-11-2007, 12:50 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 134
Default Quick Q? are all flights overbooked?

Hi

Can you solve an argument between me and my Dad? I think that most/all flights are deliberatly overbooked by the companies. So you should always aim to check in as soon as the checkin desk opens, otherwise if everyone turns up you might get bumped off the fight. Dad says this is too silly...if you have bought a ticket then you have a seat.

who is right? gulp
regards
kissmekate
kissmekate is offline
Report Post
# 2
Sam Bee
Old 08-11-2007, 12:52 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,359
Default

Scheduled Carriers (i.e. BA) overbook.

Low Cost Carriers & Charters (i.e. Ryanair) do not overbook.

Both right?
Sam Bee is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to Sam Bee For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 3
Woby_Tide
Old 08-11-2007, 1:02 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 5,189
Default

well technically your dads right saying that if you have a ticket, you have a seat, it's just the seat may not be on the flight/date printed on the ticket

I'd be surprised if the low cost carriers didn't overbook mind, especially with their business models

(likewise, now most airlines allow you to prebook seating, how do they hide the fact when it gets overbooked? i.e. you buy your ticket then on the seat booking screen you see none available?)
Woby_Tide is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to Woby_Tide For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 4
Sam Bee
Old 08-11-2007, 1:48 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,359
Default

It's more historical - Scheduled Airlines had a large amount of full fare, fully flexible business customers who just didn't turn up for the flight. This is now being discouraged! But even if you book a seat online, and turn up late, there is the possibility they will give it to someone else who wasn't late.

However, I don't know a low-cost airline who does overbook. There is this fascinating () report that goes into depth about the issue - 'Overbooking: a sacred cow ripe for slaughter?' - http://www.umwelt-campus.de/ucb/file...phaus_2006.pdf
Sam Bee is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to Sam Bee For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 5
puffinmuffin
Old 08-11-2007, 4:23 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Chorltonia
Posts: 816
Default

It's happened to me once, a few years ago, on a KLM flight from Manchester to Amsterdam. We were late, although check-in was still officially open, and got bumped to the next flight (got some compo for the "inconvenience")
puffinmuffin is offline
Report Post
Closed Thread

Bookmarks
 
 




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 Forum Jump  

Contact Us - MoneySavingExpert.com - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 3:33 AM.

 Forum Jump  

Free MoneySaving Email

Top deals: Week of 01 October 2014

Get all this & more in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email full of guides, vouchers and Deals

GET THIS FREE WEEKLY EMAIL Full of deals, guides & it's spam free

Latest News & Blogs

Martin's Twitter Feed

profile

Cheap Travel Money

Find the best online rate for holiday cash with MSE's TravelMoneyMax.

Find the best online rate for your holiday cash with MoneySavingExpert's TravelMoneyMax.

TuneChecker Top Albums

  • ED SHEERANX (DELUXE EDITION)
  • ALT-JTHIS IS ALL YOURS
  • SAM SMITHIN THE LONELY HOUR (DELUXE EDITION)

MSE's Twitter Feed

profile
Always remember anyone can post on the MSE forums, so it can be very different from our opinion.
We use Skimlinks and other affiliated links in some of our boards, for some of our users.