Should I reconfirm?

Louise is concerned that she may lose her seat on her flight if she doesn’t confirm her reservation, but is this really the case?

Q. Louise

I know a lot of airlines now say there is no need to reconfirm your flight, but is this the case? I’ve heard that flights are often overbooked and people turn up at the airport only to be told that they can’t get on their flight. Do I risk losing my seat if I don’t reconfirm?

A. There is no need to reconfirm your flight, however, you may wish to consider checking in online, where possible, 24 hours before departure. Airlines do overbook flights it’s usually the traveller who turns up last and hasn’t checked in who is bumped from the flight. If you check in online, the airline is required to save your seat until the gate closes.

Of course, there is no harm in reconfirming your seat, but given the amount of time you may have to wait on the telephone to do so, you may not think that this is necessary.

Written by Debbie McTaggart