What are the standby forecasts really showing me?
Our standby forecast numbers are an estimate of the number of unsold seats still available for sale to the public at the time you are looking. As such the situation may change between time of looking and actual departure. A flight may be full or even oversold and yet still show seats available for sale in which case this means that the airline’s Revenue Management team are anticipating sufficient ‘no-shows’ to be confident enough to keep selling.
How does idDeals forecast the number of seats available?
We use flight availability as supplied in real-time via one of the major industry GDS systems as our raw data source. We then pass that data through a number of tables and algorithms, built with our deep industry knowledge, to produce our forecast outputs. In other words, just like Google’s search algorithm, ‘its a secret’!
How accurate are your forecasts
The lower the number, the more accurate we can be. Zero means there are definitely no seats left open for sale. Once into single digits the forecast is around 95% accurate. Showing between 10-40 seats our forecasts are sufficiently accurate on a relative scale to be trusted and used by our thousands of members since 2003.
What do all the colors and codes mean in an availability display?
n/k = ‘not known’. This means we do not have this specific flight programmed in our tables so the result will be less accurate. If you see this for a flight you need please let us know and we may be able to improve the accuracy of the result
n/c = ‘no cabin’. In a few instances it may also mean there is a cabin but it is full and on waitlist
red font = this is the exact number of seats left on an almost full flight (usually 9 or less)
amber/orange font = used in business class cabin to show the cabin is filling up fast and will probably be full on departure
green font = there are at least this number of seats open
regular (grey) font = this is our idDeals forecast of unsold seats
How should I deal with connecting flight itineraries?
If the same flight appears as part of two or more different connection possibilities it is not unusual to see different forecasts for the same flight. If this is the case the most accurate forecast will be found if you break your request into two separate legs e.g. on a journey originating at A, connecting through B and arriving at C, you should first check A to B standalone, and then B to C.
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