- JJLv 76 年前最佳解答
- GaryLv 76 年前
1. Simple - to make more money.
In order to know why airlines oversell, you will have to understand how ticket prices are determined.
Based on the demand and sale conditions, tickets are priced differently. Some are cheap and some are expensive. In traditional wisdom, the later you buy the ticket, the more expensive you will have to pay. Due to various reasons, in most of the cases, not everyone will show up for the flights. However, the pattern is the later you buy, the least chance you will not show up.
In this case, airlines are playing odds. If the airlines are correct, the people who bought a cheap ticket do not show up, then airlines can potential earn more money by forfeiting the money for the cheap tickets, as well as the difference of the ticket price (assuming the price of a cheap ticket is the cost).
2. Most airlines employees do not know. Usually, there is a special department in the airlines known as revenue management. They are the one who determine the prices, as well as seats for each fare, including those for oversale.
3. Airlines will not oversale that many. Usually, airlines will only oversell as many as 20 for wide-body aircrafts. In typical aircrafts, the number is about 5-10 seats.
Airlines, unless mandated by law, will usually compensate in form of vouchers, not cash. In that case, airlines may not need to pay as much compensation as not many people will use up the vouchers.