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Me and my boyfriends from colleges want to go from New York to London next weekend and come back in a fortnight, but the tickets we wanted to buy are completely out. Do you have a way to buy tickets for the plane and get places on the booked plane (we can afford more than the regular price)?
Do you have an agent who specialises in the procurement of tickets for sold-out airplanes? I' ve been told that there's a way to get last-minute tickets for sold-out, fully booked tickets, but I don't know how to find this kind of support. You go to the airline counter at the airports, hoping that folks don't show up/cancel and paying you top dollars for the tickets.
Hello, many tickets are probably out of stock or fully booked due to the British Airways strikes. An airline consolidator is a company that specialises in the provision of last-minute and discounted tickets to tour operators for trips that are not normally available to tour operators or individual travellers from them. Recently I came across the website of a consilder whom you might want to ask to get in touch with your local tourist office.
Hello, as Michael remarks, you can contact a consolidation company or even a prominent tourist agency in your city.... There are some who have exclusivity agreements with an airline (with which they do a lot of business) and may have recourse to last-minute seating and other hard-to-find seating. Consolidated tickets belong to the most restricted tickets ever bought....
Usually they are considered non-refundable when changes are allowed, they are costly, the miles earned can be omitted and other things.... Other words, once you buy, you are planning to plane as a ticket.... If you got a place that would mean someone would have to be pushed so you could get a last-minute plane ride.
I' m sure it happens all the while for business people who have to do last-minute flying, but they still get a bonus for their seating and they are usually frequent or award flyers that airline companies are happy to take good care of. Try to check the first grade or business for seating. If you have to do this date, then you need to be willing to specially paid for it.
When there are no more places, this usually means that there are no more places available. Pail shops/consolidators are selling excess seating that is not available. Booking too much is not good enough without promoting a good ticket sales area! I wouldn't start by trusting a tour operator who says they can send you on a (in your own words) OUT OF SALE plane.
What are you gonna do when all the places are taken? Some places, for example, buy tickets to Hawaii for the high seasons and then buy them at high (and sometimes low) last-minute rates - they play the game. However, I do not know the subtleties and am not sure whether they apply to intercontinental traffic with the new passenger safety regulations that answer safety issues when buying tickets.
Of course, it would make a lot of difference if the airline companies had waiting lists (paid in advance, of course) in case of cancellation, but I don't know anybody who does - it probably doesn't make much point to do the bookkeeping about it these days. Only way I can imagine is to buy a flimsy tickets for a next plane and put it immediately on the airline's waiting list for next week's plane outings.
I' ve seen that I have been put on the waiting list a few places and have at last taken the flight I wanted. Well, I suppose some other people who had checked the places on the flight chose to switch to other flight. Try to get on planes with a short waiting list, too. The majority of airline companies "overbook" in the knowledge that there is a percent of "No Shows", so if an airline DOES NOT sell places for the flight you want, it is likely that it is not only full, but over-sold.
You can buy the full price for another ticket and try to be on the desired ticket " stand-by ", but no guarantee. So I just verified a Y going price from LHR to JFK for Delta (booked my regular trip and was curious) Coach was $2,900.
If an airplane is about to be "sold out," that's all they do. So the only way around it is to hop on a large number of aircraft to make sure you have the highest élite rating for the airline, then take off the weights and take full advantages of the guarantee availabilities some carriers provide (hopefully the "sold out" airline will provide it).
To get to London next weekend (this week?), the simplest way is to fly with an airline that has seats (see Air India ?), or indirectly (via AMS, FRA or CDG often works well).