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July 29, 2009
Return From Travel: A Note About Cheaptickets.com
I've now returned from a family vacation, so regular blogging is set to resume. Before it does, though, I have a brief public service announcement for readers who are looking for airfare deals: beware of Cheaptickets.com. I went with them this time because they beat what I could find on Kayak, but TANSTAAFL, or even necessarily a cheaper one.
Even when you've paid for your tickets and picked out your seats two months before, even after Cheaptickets sends you an e-mail with your reservation info, one that lists all your seat numbers and says "Your Seats Are Confirmed", don't just go and assume that those are, you know, your confirmed seat numbers. They aren't. You and your family can easily end up scattered throughout the plane - we sure did, at least until a helpful person from United was able to rearrange things.
Turns out the Cheaptickets people "forward your seat preferences" to the airlines, who then are free to do what they like with these suggestions. The whole seating-map thing is just a sort of gedankenversuch, not meant to have any real-world application. So keep that in mind.
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