Seat Selction with AirTran?

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  1. webworm

    webworm DIS Veteran

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    I just booked flights with AirTran last night but I didn't select any seats. This is my first time flying with them but does anyone know if I login to book 5 seats 24hrs prior to departure do you generally see a fair selection? If I get 3 and 2 that's fine because two of my kids are teenagers anyhow. Even when I did check out seats last night there were not that many available for selection but that could be because the airlines blocks a lot of them until 24hrs prior to departure.
     
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  3. GaSleepingBeautyFan

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    I think it depends on where you are flying from.

    I flew Airtran in Nov. and did pay for our seats up front. We were flying from Atlanta.
    There weren't many seats left to chose from that were together when I bought my ticket so the people who were waiting until the 24 hour mark were mostly going to have to sit seperate from their families.

    I bought my tickets one month before we flew if that helps at all.
     
  4. Kevenswife2

    Kevenswife2 <font color=blue>Much easier for me to say, "NO!"<

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    ...and WHEN you're flying.

    We're flying AirTran during Spring Break time and the plane seating charts show it as being a couple of seats short of 'full'. That's why I paid the extra and chose our seats.
     
  5. CarolA

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    AirTran blocks some seats for thier frequent flyers, but not "a lot" IMHO it's probably going to be tough to get that 3 and 2. A couple of two's maybe.....
     
  6. Kevenswife2

    Kevenswife2 <font color=blue>Much easier for me to say, "NO!"<

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    On my March 27 (Friday) flight to MCO there are only two rows with 3 empty seats next to each other and the 6 exit row seats ($20 each). All other rows have at least the middle seat reserved...splitting all rows up.

    I didn't want to keep looking over a stranger to talk to DD10.
     
  7. CarolA

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    Well.... the truth is that AirTran does block that middle seat. But that does not mean anyone reserved it (WHO would?) On some flights AirTran flies a plane that only has two seats on one side. Apparently they find it too costly to build two seat maps.:confused3 So they just show the normal seat map with the middle reserved!
     
  8. Kevenswife2

    Kevenswife2 <font color=blue>Much easier for me to say, "NO!"<

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    Well, that would explain what I'm seeing. My nonstop flight is 3/3 seats across but all the flights with 'stops' show 2/3 seating.

    And if they are 'blocking' the middle row (because it's just too hard to use the 2/3 map...maybe that's how they know at a glance if it's a nonstop flight or not) there are still lots of 2 seats together.

    I learn something new on here every day! :rotfl:
     
  9. Inkmahm

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    I think they don't use the 3/3 chart even if they think they'll be using the larger plane. They just show that middle seat as being blocked. It's easier to add a whole set of seats (row b) than take them away after customers have booked them.
     
  10. cbrfan

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    If AirTran shows 2/3 seating, it's because they anticipate using a 717 for that flight. If they show 3/3 it's because they anticipate using a 737. If the middle seat is blocked it usually means they haven't determined which of the two aircraft will be used. Just because you book seats with a certain configuration it doesn't mean that's what you're going to end up on. So they tend to leave the middle seats blocked so there's less passenger shuffling if there's a change.
     
  11. dudspizza

    dudspizza I married in to a Disney crazy family... now I hav

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    Agreed. I have seen this on the MSP-MCO route. We have mainly been on the 717 with the 2x3 seating, but they also run the 737 with the 3x3 seating. A quick search of todays flights MSP-MCO and MSP-ATL-MCO show that they are flying both. So, they block the middle seat on the A-B-C side just in case they choose to fly a 717. If it is a 717, they seating is A-C-D-E-F.

    Duds
     

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