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Old June 14th, 2006, 03:17 AM posted to
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Default Cheap Seats Hours Before Takeoff?

On Tue, 13 Jun 2006 17:23:05 -0700, "Alan"

"Jeff Hacker" wrote in message

"Alan" wrote in message
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Is there a whole website, or a section of a website, devoted to selling
vacant airplane seats at the last minute, say within the last 3 or 4
hours of takeoff time. I'm figuring that 4 hours before a flight takes
off airlines might be willing to sell vacant seats at 1/2 or even 1/10
price since they get zero if the seat travels empty.

It doesn't work that way. Airfares are not logical unless you understand
that a last minute ticket generally costs more, not less, than a ticket
bought earlier.

Which is the opposite of, say, hotel rooms.

It used to be that way, standby tickets were really
cheap in the 1980s, but not in today's sophiscticated
computerised system.