Mal said:I don't know the answer, and I'm not sure others do either.
It could really only be based on one of a few things:
1. Fare class of ticket.
2. Time of purchase of ticket.
3. Your "ranking" with Qantas (if they rank). [This could be lifetime SC's, or YTD SC's etc]
3. Alphabetical based on either surname, firstname or a combination of both.
4. Random based on lucky draw.
5. Length of time in the FF scheme/FF Number.
It would be good fun for one day to organise a FF "flyout" from somewhere, and see where we are put on the plane, and try and work the seating allocation out.
I think it more to do with the fact that you needed 5 seats together for your group, rather than the fact that you have children in your group, that resulted in the rear allocation. Your Silver FF preference has to also fit with the ability to find 4 other adjacent seats to seat your group together.TonyD said:Hi,
I'm a real newbie at this and posted a reply elsewhere?? So at risk of getting it wrong - here it is again.
I flew Melbourne to Brisbane last wed. arvo, with my wife (also in QC) and 3 kids. On the way to melb. 6 days earlier I did online boarding passes and found we were automatically in row 8 - (fine by me!) So without a computer, I figured we'd be cool on way back. We checked in an hour before to find we were in row 25! When we tried for better we were told sorry bad luck!! full etc. It was confirmed (as I have been told in the past) Platinums then gold then silver get their preferred seating and there are 45 ahead of you etc etc. So QC membership makes no difference in seating -just status.
Many times though I have found that this system is fallable and on ringing QC told "the system has problems" etc.
Anyway the plot thickened! On board - ANYBODY with kids was seated from row 23 back! - I have since been told this is common practice.
NM said:I think it more to do with the fact that you needed 5 seats together for your group, rather than the fact that you have children in your group, that resulted in the rear allocation. Your Silver FF preference has to also fit with the ability to find 4 other adjacent seats to seat your group together.
And the Qantas Club status comes in below Silver FF status for seating allocations. The order for Qantas FF membership is Chairmans Lounge, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Qantas Club. FF Silver and QC Silver are both Silver as far as seating allocations are concerned.
acampbel said:Has anyone else noticed quirks in the auto-allocation system for return legs?
One was same day, the other was next day. While not the back of the bus, the seating was not what is normally offered to me.acampbel said:Serfty,
So are you implying that if you OLCI the outward leg, the system will possibly check you in for the return leg (if same-day) and allocate you a pre-auto-allocation seat which defaults to the back of the bus? ...
oz_mark said:I vote for number 5, although that is based solely on my experience. I don't think anyone on this board actually knows how QF undertakes "tie-breakers" and if they do they aren't saying anything
Why not? They programmed a random number generator for a lot of other things, such as baggage tagging and baggage destination.Kiwi Flyer said:It won't be random. Somehow I cannot see someone programming a random number generator to decide how to allocate seats.
NM said:Why not? They programmed a random number generator for a lot of other things, such as baggage tagging and baggage destination.