Originally Posted by GreenFrog
Or get upgraded to first class because you have status.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
hasnt happened to me in years due to expiration of dat status 😭😭😭
That's one of the many reasons that I just wait in that situation.
Best case situation, the guy with the cheap-ass ticket and no seat reservation needs somewhere to sit...so sit him in a premium seat since that's all that is open. Had this happen on an international flight once...got the equivalent of business class, courtesy of buying the cheapest ticket on the plane (airline called it Economy Plus or something, but it was 2 big seats rather than 3 normals, had leg rests that extend out of the seat, had power outlets in 2009, and was served from an upgraded food and drinks menu).
But even if that doesn't happen, when people with low-tier status get their upgrades confirmed 24 hours before departure, it opens up seats in the main cabin, hopefully allowing you to get assigned a non-middle seat.