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Old Mar 4, 15, 9:50 am
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The fare sold out. This means that DL predicts it will sell seats at higher prices. If it is correct, it will sell the seats at higher prices. If it is incorrect, it can offer the cheap seats again later. Even if the seat map is an accurate representation of how full the flight is (and it is not), that has nothing to do with what DL can sell over the next 5 weeks.

DL has access to vast amounts of data which you don't. Unless you've got data suggesting that DL should open up more L inventory because it can't sell at L+, you've got your answer.

UA and AA don't do it any differently. So real question is, what does it matter whether DL wants your trade or not?
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