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1. Posted by kufan20 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Looking through their fares online, unless you get the full unrestricted fare the rest say "seats are limited". What does that mean? You buy the ticket but you may not have a seat on that flight? Thanks for your help!

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

It means there are only a limited number of seats left available.

3. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

kufan: What it means is that the fare Southwest has published is limited to a certain number of seats on the aircraft and may not be available. The two week advance purchase is the lowest fare but they limit this fare to a set number of seats based on the popularity of the destination. The more popular the destination, the less seats are offered in the 14 day advance category. The seven day advance purchase is the next level costing more and then the 3 day advance purchase. Full unrestricted is the last minute walk up fare.


4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

When you choose dates, you'll see how much it costs. Once the cheaper "limited seats" are gone, then the same seat will cost more and so on. Once you buy the ticket, you make a seat resevation (window or aisle) and you've GOT a seat.

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Just saw this was about Southwest Airlines, don't know if they have "reserved assigned" seats. But anyway, if you get a ticket, you're good to go.

6. Posted by kufan20 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Ok, so I understand that. Out of say 300 seats they may reserve 20 for the super cheap seats, web fares etc. but here is my question. Pretend I bought the webfare ticket. Since SouthWest is first come first serve and the seats are "limited" does that mean I may not get a seat or is it strictly the fact that only so many of the total seats are reserved at this price?

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting kufan20

is it strictly the fact that only so many of the total seats are reserved at this price?

Exactly! If you bought a ticket you will get a seat. You may be sitting next to a person that paid $100 more than you or $50 less, but you all get the same size seat and all get to go to the same place, you just pay different prices for the same thing.

Although it's not always that simple. Airlines like to complicate things. Some airlines have economy fares (with 13 different prices for the same seat on the same plane (y-class, q-class, etc.). Sometimes they can change the number of seats that they offer at certain prices as the days go by.

It's a bunch of marketing geniuses sitting around in a room figuring out how they can LOSE Billions of dollars. Airlines lost 6 billion dollars last year. That means they average losing $16,438,000 million a day.

8. Posted by kufan20 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Travel100: Hey thanks for explaining that. Still don't understand why on the full unrestricted ticket it says nothing about seats being limited. You can only fit so many on a plane! I haven't heard about airlines losing that much money! That's insane! To me, college kid, tickets are pretty expensive! So them losing all that money doesn't really make all that much sense. But with all the frequent flyers and internet companies (expedia, orbitz etc..) around I guess I can see how that could happen. Kinda dumb too though. The airlines willingly sell those companies the seats so it's not like they don't know what they are doing. Take Care!