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Will we get bumped if we don't have a seat assignment?

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Old Apr 22, 19, 12:13 pm
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Will we get bumped if we don't have a seat assignment?

I bought tickets on Frontier through JustFly. It said that we couldn't make seat assignments, but I was able to pay for a "please seat us together" option. We did this because my husband was afraid that if we didn't, we might get bumped if they oversell the flight and there are very few flights (Frontier or otherwise) going from Denver to Calgary. I just logged into the Frontier website and it looks like I can choose seats there, but of course I would have to pay again. I don't care about where we sit or if we sit together, my main concern is getting bumped and not getting to Calgary that day. Are we at risk of getting bumped if we don't have seat assignments?
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Old Apr 22, 19, 2:00 pm
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Hey there. I have not seen this before. Interesting option. I know frontier doesn't assign seats until check-in. Honestly that charge looks like a total scam to me.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 5:15 pm
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In the past Frontier made an effort to seat people traveling together together. based on same name and/or same ticket. They would try to make accommodations at the gate. I don't know if they've changed this lately. I doubt they would bump you over failing to pay. I would however make sure you checked in as soon as possible to get a seat assignment that makes it much less likely you will be bumped in an overbooked situation.. They generally assign seats from the back to the front and a surprisingly large number of people don't bother to check in in advance.

Good luck and let us know what happens.

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Old Apr 22, 19, 8:34 pm
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Thanks, I guess I'll stop worrying. Interesting that they don't assign seats until you check in because it looked like I could choose a seat on the website. Maybe if I had gone further, it would have told me I can't until I check in.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 9:55 pm
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You definitely can get an advanced seat assignment if you pay the fee on the Frontier website. I am not familiar with the site you used.
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Old Apr 23, 19, 4:09 am
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It is definitely when you check in for your flight my last oversold frontier flight the gate agent said that they go by check in time the last person to check in is the one to get bumped
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Old Apr 26, 19, 4:11 pm
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Originally Posted by MileHighColorado View Post
It is definitely when you check in for your flight my last oversold frontier flight the gate agent said that they go by check in time the last person to check in is the one to get bumped
That's good to know. I have found that there are usually still unassigned seats when I arrive at the airport. Seems like there is an unusually high number of travelers on Frontier that don't bother to check in online. YMMV and of course it makes sense to check in ahead of time. Worth also keeping in mind, however, that Frontier fills seats from back to front, so if you care about that you might monitor the available seats throughout the day and check in when you're happy with getting placed in one of the available seats left.
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Old May 9, 19, 7:15 am
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From my experience flying with them, I recommend you set up a frequent flyer number so you can put in a seating preference. They "try" to give you what you prefer (aisle vs window) if they have available what you prefer when they do seat assignments the day of departure. Before I had completed my preference, I was getting random seats, and ever since I put in a preference for aisle, I've always gotten it, and I never pay for a seat.
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Old May 9, 19, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by rsteinmetz70112 View Post
In the past Frontier made an effort to seat people traveling together together. based on same name and/or same ticket. They would try to make accommodations at the gate. I don't know if they've changed this lately. I doubt they would bump you over failing to pay. I would however make sure you checked in as soon as possible to get a seat assignment that makes it much less likely you will be bumped in an overbooked situation.. They generally assign seats from the back to the front and a surprisingly large number of people don't bother to check in in advance.

Good luck and let us know what happens.
I think you mean same PNR and not same ticket. AFAIK the only way that two passengers could possibly fly on a single ticket would be an adult with a lap child on a "domestic" flight.

BTW, isn't Frontier subject to the USA DOT regulation that volunteers must be solicited before IDBs are done? Or something else in their CoC that's been approved by the DOT?
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Old May 15, 19, 1:54 am
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Maybe I'm just lucky but I'll have to say that I've seen few oversold situations with Frontier where they call for volunteers. Maybe the flights to/from ATL aren't prone or maybe they don't push the envelope like legacies do, but I'm not even sure what their standard offer is for VDBs. Heck, in some situations you've got flights operating only 3x or even 2x a week, so getting IDB'd or taking a VDB might be tougher.

Before getting status my experience with the "random" seats was a lot like that of LovePrunes...if you were the early bird and had a preference in the profile, usually you got it. Whereas with Spirit I had to use a method of pulling the seatmap as if I were buying a seat and then waiting for a favorable situation where it wouldn't assign me a middle seat.
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