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A common practice whereby an airline, hotel, or other company accepts more reservations than it has seats or rooms available, on the presumption that a certain percentage of people will not show up. airlines have a legal right to overbook, while hotels do not. a hotel must find a room for everyone who has a reservation and shows up on time. an airline may be required to offer compensation for people involuntarily bumped from a flight, depending on several factors, including how long they must wait for another flight.

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