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Booking extra empty seat
« on: January 16, 2020, 03:37:32 AM »
I want to book a empty seat next to me. Is there a way to do that with points? How about through the UR portal on LY?

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2020, 11:38:51 AM »
I want to book a empty seat next to me. Is there a way to do that with points? How about through the UR portal on LY?

Why cant you do the same as booking a cash ticket?
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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2020, 12:03:59 PM »
Why cant you do the same as booking a cash ticket?
Honestly, I've never done it. Just put the same name on two seats?

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2020, 12:10:08 PM »
Honestly, I've never done it. Just put the same name on two seats?

Per Dan, at least on AA: "just make the first name EXST with your last name"



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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2020, 12:20:34 PM »
Honestly, I've never done it. Just put the same name on two seats?

I am not a T/A but with a miles ticket there is a possibility they will cancel one of those tickets if they have the same name. They will think you duplicated it by mistake.
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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2020, 12:22:08 PM »
I seem to remember one airline recommending adding a middle name "X" e.g. John X Doe

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2020, 12:49:04 PM »
Thanks all.
Per Dan, at least on AA: "just make the first name EXST with your last name"
Seems to be an AA thing. Can @Dan or anyone confirm this works elsewhere?
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I am not a T/A but with a miles ticket there is a possibility they will cancel one of those tickets if they have the same name. They will think you duplicated it by mistake.
That's my concern. Or, with LY, both
I seem to remember one airline recommending adding a middle name "X" e.g. John X Doe
Logical.

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2020, 12:58:11 PM »
Thanks all. Seems to be an AA thing. Can @Dan or anyone confirm this works elsewhere?
Should work for any airline.
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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2020, 02:10:00 PM »
I want to book a empty seat next to me. Is there a way to do that with points? How about through the UR portal on LY?

Every airline has a procedure for an extra seat, called "EXST", and the process varies between airline & booking system

Honestly, I've never done it. Just put the same name on two seats?

I am not a T/A but with a miles ticket there is a possibility they will cancel one of those tickets if they have the same name. They will think you duplicated it by mistake.

I seem to remember one airline recommending adding a middle name "X" e.g. John X Doe

I do not recommend this, and duplicates do get canceled, even if both are ticketed the airline can (and some even will) cancel one of those. And on international travel where your passport gets matched to the booked ticket you might have issues checking-in if not booked correctly

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2020, 02:25:16 PM »
Thanks all

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2020, 02:28:13 PM »
Thanks all
Let us know how it goes :)
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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2020, 02:38:16 PM »
Let us know how it goes :)
Will do. It's for a family member traveling with a very fussy baby and wants the extra space. She thinks three Y > 1 J. I'll convey the information, but I have a feeling she'll want to go revenue on this with a TA to be safe.

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2020, 02:42:17 PM »
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Re: Booking extra empty seat
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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2020, 06:46:07 PM »
Do you need to buy the ticket with the first name EXST?
What about booking that extra seat for a family member, so they can get mileage for the flight. Will the gate agent let you scan in both boarding passes if you explain that you bought the 2nd seat because you need 2 seats?

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2020, 07:52:16 PM »
Do you need to buy the ticket with the first name EXST?
What about booking that extra seat for a family member, so they can get mileage for the flight. Will the gate agent let you scan in both boarding passes if you explain that you bought the 2nd seat because you need 2 seats?
I think international and passports makes it messier.

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2020, 09:18:33 PM »
Do you need to buy the ticket with the first name EXST?
What about booking that extra seat for a family member, so they can get mileage for the flight. Will the gate agent let you scan in both boarding passes if you explain that you bought the 2nd seat because you need 2 seats?

I strongly doubt that any gate agent would scan a boarding pass that has the name of a person that's not present.

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2020, 12:01:47 AM »
Will do. It's for a family member traveling with a very fussy baby and wants the extra space. She thinks three Y > 1 J. I'll convey the information, but I have a feeling she'll want to go revenue on this with a TA to be safe.
Why not buy the seat in the baby's name and put him in it?
(Or are they buying an additional seat near the baby's seat?)

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Re: Booking extra empty seat
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2020, 12:06:39 AM »


(Or are they buying an additional seat near the baby's seat?)

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