Booking airline seats

Old May 19th, 2008, 05:49 AM
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Booking airline seats

Do airlines always release the tail end seats first??
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Old May 19th, 2008, 06:52 AM
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Please elaborate on your question. What do you mean by 'release'.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 08:16 AM
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What I meant was do airlines release the tail end seats first when book online?
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Old May 19th, 2008, 08:46 AM
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Which airline? I would guess that each airline is different.In the few times i have had to book my ticket on aa.com, for example, seat assignment defaults to the rear rows.I always change it, unless there is no choice.Some sites may have no default at all.I hope that is what you are asking.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 09:13 AM
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Wnen I book online, I can see which seats are available in the whole cabin, and can book any that are not already reserved. I don't find that I am limited to the rear seats, and then look again later and find more in front. So I still don't understand about 'release'.

Are you choosing the seats yourself, or are you letting the airline site choose them for you?

So my answer to your question would be: NO
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Old May 20th, 2008, 12:54 AM
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I am planning to book my flights with UA travelling frm Spore-MCO-SFO-Sin on 1st-17th Dec. I was just checking the rates online and looking at the how the seats are configured for the different planes. I realised that for most of the flights in DEC, there is an awfully lot of seats being 'unavailable' except for those at the rear. So my guess is that the UA has only made those rear seats available to get them filled up before those at the front. I am just wondering if my assumption is correct.
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On United, the front part of the economy cabin is the Economy Plus section, which has a few extra inches of legroom. These seats will be blocked on the seat map unless you're eligible to book them.

To do so, you must have United elite status or pay a supplement. You can either buy an annual subscription ($349 per year; covers all flights for the subscriber and one other), buy up at check in/gate, or buy up when you purchase the ticket. The latter has been offered selectively in the past but is now advertised on the website.
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