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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An Aer Lingus spokeswoman yesterday said: "Where there is an established trend of high levels of 'no-shows' on a particular route we sometimes apply an overbooking profile of between 2%-3%.
Initially, they don't give you any information and just ask you to wait, when pressed, they tell you the flight is overbooked and it is not their fault - the airline has a policy of overbooking.
Overbooking If a flight is overbooked, the airline will follow its standard boarding procedure.
Organisers defended overbooking the arena, saying they are never able to guarantee spaces for ticket holders.
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