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VAMD, thank you for the quick response. It is indeed in the airlines "Condition of Carriage" that creating fictitious reservations is not permitted. The answer to your second question is the subjective part.
My family and I were trying to make last minute plans on a flight that I was already booked on. The airline reservation agents suggested that should continue to put the tickets on hold on a daily basis via a feature publicly permitted on the airline website to hold availability on those flights until family and friends could confirm plans.
The information they have is in their favor but the reservations were indeed legitimate and not fictitious.
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