For those of us who have to still suffer flights on CRJ200s, we should be well aware that Delta blocks seats until 24hrs before flight and will show them as occupied on the Fly Delta APP when we view the seat map.
Now in the old days you could use Expert Flyer and other tools to see the real “load” on the flight and know if there were open seats. After that, one of the best ways is to attempted a Y class booking to see if there are seats remaining (not fool proof). You could also reach out to DeltaAssist.
Well for the past few days on Delta.com something very interesting is going on. As you can see from my flights to MSP next week for both the dinner with readers on the 22nd as well as my next EAT mileage run the next day, I can see ALL the seats on the jet. Now if I try to pick the blocked seats it tells me to come back at the <24 hour mark.
I very much like this new bit of info. It still will not 100% tell you if the flight is sold out as once nearly full they will sell the seat with seat requested as your “seat” but you are confirmed even if they have to bump someone to get you on-board.
I also am not sure if this change or issue has anything to do with the issue some are reporting to me via e-mail as well as others posting on a FT thread about it. I even reached out to Delta but have not had any update.
Anyway I hope this is not a bug that will go away as I appreciate having MORE not less info about blocked seats being filled with a flyer already or just being held for the day before flight. – René
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