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Alitalia Bankruptcy and Seat Blocking

Hi everyone,

My wife and I are now rebooking our trip from March of 2020 for March of 2022 to Italy. As a Delta person, we are going to fly Alitalia home (after flying into Zurich and doing the Bernina). Couple of questions for you helpful people:

1) Looking at Alitalia Premium Economy the past few days...and it looks like no one can sit next to another person? I've googled Alitlia Seat Blocking and can't seem to find if this is real or if we're just too far out to properly reserve our seats. I would like to sit next to my wife. Not sure if that is reciprocal but oh well.

2) Alitalia enters bankruptcy officially in October and a new, smaller company will emerge (ITA I think it is called). Anyone else concerned about their booking or am I overthinking this?

Thanks in advance

Posted by
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I would not get too vested in any rebooking that far in advance since you are very likely to encounter multiple flight changes between now and your planned flight, which could include the type of carrier and hence the seat configurations

Posted by
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Way too soon in covid world to book or consider amy flight configurations. Personally, I would wait until after October actions for one, and even into 2022 i wouldn't make heartfelt decisions about flight plans until perhaps late Nov, early Dec. Unless prepared for multiple changes, including first and last night accom bookings to accommodate flights.

Posted by
573 posts

We are back in Italy in April/May 2022 on a house hunting excursion. I do not anticipate booking any flights until less than six months out.

Posted by
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Delta canceled and rebooked us on Delta flights over our dates. They then followed up with an email explaining that Alitalia is starting to wind down and they would be rebooking their passengers.

Best part? We somehow got rebooked into Delta One.