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Last Minute Air Travel

Last Minute

Last Minute Air Travel

Last minute air travel leads leads to fewer seat options and, typically, higher air fare costs. Almost 1 out of 5 online searches for air travel were for last minute air travel during the 3rd quarter of 2015, according to a recent report.

Last Minute Air Travel Defined

“Last minute” in this context is defined as travel departing within 7 days from the date of booking. Not surprisingly, due to the sometimes uncertain timing for business, business travelers comprise the majority of business travelers. For example, through the first two quarters of 2015, 56% and 73% of all last minute air travel bookings were made by business travelers.

In addition, last minute air travel is primarily made for solo travelers. During the 3rd quarter of 2015, searches for last minute air travel for solo travelers comprised the majority of searches by region: North America (72%); Latin America (71%); Europe (68%); Middle East (75%); and Asia-Pacific (75%).

Last Minute Air Travel Frequency

During the 3rd quarter of 2015, 19% of online searches for airfare in North America were for last minute air travel.  This was higher than the level for the 1st and 2nd quarter, which was 16% and 15%, respectively. [···]

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Survey on Airline Seat Swaps

Seat Swaps

Crowded Flights

Airline seat swaps occur regularly during commercial air travel. Air travelers are willing to pay or be paid to swap seats with other travelers, according to survey results released today. Air travelers sitting in a less desirable seat are willing to pay other travelers to swap for a more desirable seat. Similarly, in return for receiving payment, air travelers are willing to swap from a more desirable seat to a less desirable seat.

Airline Seat Swaps: Survey Overview

Presented below is an overview of the survey on airline seat swaps.

Survey Respondents

Seateroo hired SurveyMonkey to survey U.S. residents aged 18 to 65 years old who are mobile device users and had traveled via commercial airline at least 3 times during the previous 6 months. SurveyMonkey gathered responses from 401 respondents meeting the above criteria during the week of November 15-19, 2015. The margin for error based upon this sample size is +/- 5%.

Survey Design

Based upon prior studies related to air traveler preferences and complaints, we made certain underlying assumptions regarding the types of airline seats and situations that air travelers consider to be either more desirable or less desirable, respectively. Specifically, the airline seat swaps survey included the following assumptions:

  • Aisle and window seats are more desirable than middle seats;
  • Seats closer to the front are more desirable than seats towards the back;
  • Seats closer to family, friends, or colleagues are more desirable than seats next to strangers;
  • Seats in a premium seating section (i.e., business or first class) are more desirable than economy seats; and
  • Seats near quiet passengers are more desirable than seats near crying children, loud talkers, or other potentially annoying air travelers.


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