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One of my faithful readers also wants to take the crowd away. Rod emailed and asked, “Dear Ken, How can we find out the occupancy rate of the airline’s routes and flights so we can book flights with the least number of passengers?” That, Rod, is the best question any reader has asked me in several months. I have my own methods but that question was so good, it prompted me to do more than a little bit of research to see if there was a website or a single source of truth to go to find such gold. I even called the Platinum resource hotline from Delta. I have good news and I have bad news.
The Bad News: While there are many websites that detail “The most popular routes for air travel,” they’re not very helpful when it comes to booking a ticket. For example,
The Good News: While there may not be publicly available places that provide this information, there are people and other sources that can. If you book through an agent, always ask prior to booking, “What’s the capacity look like for that flight?” They can look at seating charts and tell immediately if a plane looks chock full or half empty. Most corporate travel software can do that for you, too. I know that Carlson Wagonlit software does. Aside from that, you can always use common sense. If you live in
I’m old enough to remember the days when the airlines would route empty planes to different cities in order to make certain schedules. I flew home all by myself one time on a red-eye out of
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