Even then, my experience has been in recent years, in various parts of the world, you still must pay in advance to be assured you'll get on. For example, if you call at 10 a.m. and say to the airline that you want a seat on the 2 p.m. flight to Oxdrift, the airline will not hold a seat for you until you show up with cash in hand at boarding time. You will be required to pay with a credit card to get a confirmed booking. At least, that has been my experience. At the same time, I must say it has never occurred to me to resist paying in advance on the day of travel. But I suspect that if I told the airline that I'll wait to pay until I get to the ticket counter, I'll be told my reservation won't be guaranteed. And I am not sure I would consider the airline to be behaving badly in that circumstance.[QUOTE="Longtimeago, post: 2089030, member: 349718"
The only real way to avoid paying in advance these days is to book a flight on the day of departure.
Yes, I suppose I should have written show up at the airport and then book and pay for a seat on the next flight leaving for Oxdrift. ie. in the next 14 minutes or so.
I don' think the airline would even register a booking on their computer if you did not pay at time of booking. I wonder what they would say if you called and said, 'any seats on your 2pm flight to Oxbrift? Yes, OK, reserve one for me and I will pay cash when I get to the airport.' Probably can't be done these days.
Not all progress is in fact progress.