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Old September 26th, 2006, 07:17 PM
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My DH just checked American Airlines, and sure enough, they changed our flight times for the Century Cruise. We leave for FLL 30 minutes earlier and depart FLL two hours earlier to go home. And of course, they could change again.

I would suggest anyone with future flights check with the airline the first and middle of each month until you fly, unless you know when your carrier puts out its new schedule. The sooner you know of changes, the better.

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Old September 26th, 2006, 08:17 PM
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It seems as thought AA has been changing their flights constantly. It happened to me for Freedom and just recently to my brother for a trip to Hawaii. His change will probably make it impossible for him to catch his connecting flight. AA was unwilling to help him work it out. However, they were great when I called after they changed mine.
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I probably should check mine, too. April just asked me when my return flight was on Sat. and I just assumed it is still 3:00 p.m.! :-)
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Not only do they change the flying times but also the seat assignments. On my trip tomorrow, I booked the front of the plane, row 5 four months in advance but with changes recently I was moved back to row 45!! I politely called, told them why I booked 4 months early and they nicely changed me to an accomodating flight in row 6. Never hurts to research and ask.
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That's why we ALWAYS fly in the day before we cruise...

Who needs the stress of trying not to miss the ship!!

And I dont' think I'll EVER understand how airlines get away with selling seats they don't have....only to have to tell the PAYING passenger that you have no seat!!
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Always check your americn carrier flights, they move all the time. My husband is coming to the US in a couple of weeks and they already moved his flight once, he only booked a few weeks ago. Make sure you check your flight number too, becasue they change those too.

Airline overbooking (serious hat on) is done because so many passengers don't turn up. The reason these passengers don't turn up is many, but the main one is this. Travel agents holding seats on everyflight on a route for business passengers and not releasing the seats when they are no longer required. Or equally holding group blocks and not releasing the seats prior to travel. All of this data is collected by the airlines revenue management teams and processed so they know how many seats the can oversell and get away with this. Obviously sometimes this system fails and passengers get bumped. But that data is then regathered and it will affect the available seats next time. Basically the airlines are trying to potect their revenue and earn the maximum they can, which especially now is more important than ever.
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Well, I guess that can be true about passengers not showing up, but I've seen a lot of PISSED off passengers who paid MONTHS in advance to be on time for a ship, a wedding, a performance, only to miss it because the airlines want to earn their maximum....but can't I accept money for two cars I'm selling instead of one because I plan on getting another one soon? That may be more extreme, but my point is, how can you sell what you don't have? And I don't mean a seat tomorrow or on a later flight!
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Unfortunately that's life and IATA aren't about to change their minds anytime soon.

Sometimes getting bumped sucks, but at other times it can work to your advantage. It's also a way of keeping fares down.
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