|Subject: Re: Holding flight reservations|
Hi Andrew and Ziners,
Thanks for the heads up on Seatguru.com. Great info.
I can tell you what happens when you create a reservation with Continental over the phone and you receive a confirmation code. Your price is guaranteed - period. This is assuming that you don't make any changes to the reservation and that you call back with a credit card before midnight (CST) the following night.
Don't most airlines do it that way also? I'll be surprised if that's not the case.
If you don't create a confirmation code, you're out of luck. I can't tell you how many times I get calls from someone who says something to the effect of what d'ya mean you no longer have the $220.00 price? I just called TEN minutes ago! Most people fail to realize that most airline ticket prices are based on two ever-changing things. One, the overall price structure, which fluctuates from day to day. Two, the number of seats left for sale on a particular flight, which determines the price on the remaining seats. In late October I will also hear from people, what d'ya mean I can't tickets for Thanksgiving at the $220.00 price? I calling you a MONTH in advance!
When you come across what you think is good price. Grab it by putting it on a no-obligation hold (without any need for a credit card) for 24 hours. If you want it during that 24 hours, it will be there for you. If you don't want it, it will just disappear sometime after midnight the following night. Oh yeah, and all those seats don't just - whoosh - go back into inventory and the stroke of midnight. If you're going to call hoping that some seats may have been released in a better price range, then call very early in the morning (4-5ish) but NOT at 12:05AM.
Gregory in Houston