You have a ticket for no seats.
September 17, 2006 2:05 PM Subscribe
How can I have an airline ticket yet not have a seat?
posted by baklavabaklava to Travel & Transportation (36 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Last time I flew on an airplane (major U.S. carrier; international flight to the U.S.) I had a surprising thing happen. When I checked in, I was told I would not be allowed on the flight since I did not have a seat.
I asked them what they meant. The woman at the counter said "You will have to fly standby, since you don't have a seat."
I showed her the ticket, which was for that flight, departing then. She said "Yes, you have a ticket for this flight, but you do not have a seat, so you can't fly."
I asked, "Well, how do I get a seat, then?". She told me "You need to contact your travel agent about that when you buy the ticket."
I had bought the ticket four months before on Expedia, which mentioned nothing about having to buy a separate ticket (in addition to your airline ticket) to be allowed on the flight.
I was sent somewhere with a dozen other people in the same boat as I was, and we were told we would be allowed fly "standby". I got on; some others did not.
I had called the airline two days before to confirm the flight and they told me all the details and mentioned nothing about buying separate "seat tickets".
So, my question is, how do I avoid this happening again, and where do I get these mysterious seat tickets?