I'm sure I am worrying here over nothing, but I'm a very type A traveller so I like to have everything checked, double checked and checked again just for good measure whenever we go away.
I've flown plenty on various airlines and have never come across this issue, although I'm sure it occurs lots and I'm almost certain I already know the answer to my own question.
When we booked our United flights for October (LHR>SFO, EWR>LHR), we selected seats immediately. So type A am I, that the ability to do so is what actually caused us to book with United rather than one of the other carriers flying the route (prices were much of a muchness).
As we're taking a red eye flight home and I struggle sleeping in public, I really wanted to ensure that we were sat together on a 2 seat block sans strangers as I'll need to do 3 hours driving when we arrive back into the UK, so need to have gotten some shut eye en route.
So, I duly reserved our seats.
I just nipped on to my reservation to check that flight times hadn't changed etc (I do this more often than is healthy, I'm sure, but I never seem to get emails about flight changes!) and while they haven't, our seat reservations on the EWR>LHR leg of the trip have disappeared.
No problemo, I think, I'll just re-reserve them, but now no economy seats are showing as available and a Premium Economy seat will set us back $184 each.
Am I right in thinking this has happened because they've oversold economy and as a result have probably removed everyone's seat assignments to be re-assigned at the gate? With frequent flyers being upgraded?
I'm not fussed about being upgraded (we don't have any status), I'm happy to get what I paid for. I'm not even particularly bothered if they bump us to a flight the following day, in fact I wouldn't mind that one bit. I just don't want to be pinned in against a window by a sleeping stranger for 8 hours; the prospect is driving my anxiety wild already.
I've flown without reservations on a number of airlines, who have all sat us together at check in (even once back when Continental was still around when we weren't even on the same booking!) without even being asked. We always arrive in good time to check in, which I assume helps.
Am I being ridiculous worrying about this?!
Thanks TAers, hopefully I don't sound (too) neurotic and this has happened to you all without issue.