Why do airlines sell too many tickets? - Nina Klietsch
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First of all, overbooking is a tactic that serves airlines to make maximum profit. But as Simon Calder states in his article, when handled intelligently, overbooking is a strategy that can benefit travelers and the environment as well. There are some travelers who see overbooking as a lucrative opportunity. These passengers strategically book flights that are likely to be oversold in the hopes of being bumped. There are many guides on how to get bumped if you want. You can find some tips here: Guide to Being Bumped (or Not) and Make $1,300 next time you get bumped on a flight.
So, you get bumped. Do you have any rights? Passengers who are bumped have certain airline-specific rights and it is always good to know them. Take a look here or watch this video: Overbooked flights: Dealing with being bumped from a flight. Be prepared in case this happens to you!
There are several approaches to modelling the situation mathematically. We chose a simplified version learned by almost every high school student to demonstrate a real life application of statistics. Under the following link, you find all calculations concerning our example in this lesson. Take a look for some reinforcement of the concepts presented. Interactive GeoGebra-sheets to vary the parameters are also available here: Binomial Distribution and Revenue Function (with variable probability, seat capacity and number of sold tickets).
Please join the discussion section at the end of this lesson. Give your opinion about on whether airlines should be allowed to overbook flights.
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