overbooking


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o·ver·book

 (ō′vər-bo͝ok′)
v. o·ver·booked, o·ver·book·ing, o·ver·books
v.tr.
To take reservations for (an airline flight, for example) beyond the capacity for accommodation.
v.intr.
1. To take reservations beyond the capacity for accommodation: a restaurant that regularly overbooks for dinner.
2. To take on more social engagements or other commitments than one is capable of fulfilling.

o′ver·book′ing n.

overbooking

(ˌəʊvəˈbʊkɪŋ)
n
the act of accepting more reservations than there are places, tickets, hotel rooms, etc available
Translations

overbooking

[ˌəʊvəˈbʊkɪŋ] Noverbooking m (reserva de habitaciones en un hotel, plazas en un vuelo etc, que sobrepasa al número real de las mismas)
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London/Berlin - Being offered cash at the gate to take a later flight because of overbooking may become a rarity if technology being examined by major airlines such as British Airways, JetBlue and Qantas catches on.
Dubai: Two months after he and his family were offloaded from an Istanbul-Dubai flight due to overbooking, a British expat has finally got Dh13,590 in compensation from Turkish Airlines.
He singled out calls by some lawmakers to ban overbooking, an industry practice in the aviation sector, as well as a proposal to implement price caps on airline ticket prices.
The fan had successfully reserved a seat on the flight but did not get assigned one due to Delta overbooking the flight, (http://nypost.
United also said it would take actions to reduce overbooking flights and improve customer satisfaction.
United Airlines on Thursday announced it would offer bumped passengers up to $10,000 (9,164 euros) in compensation and reduce overbooking following the dragging incident on board one of its flights that caused worldwide outrage.
Until someone's nose gets broken or teeth knocked out, the risk from overbooking is small and easily managed.
Hopefully United has just solved its overbooking problem as people will now choose to spend their money elsewhere.
EasyJet has some of the highest load factors in the industry and it is unusual for EASYJET to deny boarding of passengers due to overbooking.
In the most specialized level of tourism communication/terminology, there are many English terms that are widely used in Romanian and Spanish tourism terminology: ALLOTMENT, BACK-OFFICE, BOOKING, BRUNCH, CARAVANING, CATERING, CHECK-IN, CHECK-OUT, FRONT-OFFICE, GATEWAY, HALL, HANDLING, HIKING, HUB, INTERHOME, LAYOVER, LOW-COST, OVERBOOKING, PACKAGE, PLANNING, RACK, RAFTING, RAPPEL, RELEASE, RESORT, ROUTING, RUNWAY, SHUTTLE, SINGLE, SLIP, SLOT, STAND-BY, STOPOVER, TICKET, TRANSFER, TREKKING, TWIN, VOID, VOUCHER, WALK-IN, WINDSURFING etc.
It's not clear how the mass overbooking occurred, but passengers faced long lines and several-hour delays as airline personnel worked to sort things out.
Gulf Air's overbooking policy is in alignment with the booking policy of all other major international airlines and, while we endeavour to provide seats for all confirmed reservations made, in the event of an overbooked flight Gulf Air does offer denied boarding compensation and services for our passengers on a case-by-case basis.