Blocking Seats

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  1. mgalbraith

    mgalbraith Junior Member

    Dec 12, 2005
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    Hi All,

    What are rules or parameters around asking for the seat next to you be blocked out?

    Does anyone do this often and what results do you get?

    Cheers
     

  2. cssaus

    cssaus Active Member

    Dec 13, 2004
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    As a Star Alliance Gold I routinely do this when travelling on SQ and nine times out of ten I'm successful providing economy is not fully booked.

    Mind you I always book an aisle seat in the centre row on the 747 or 777 flts and that always seems to increase the chances. From my experience the check-in counter doesn't have the authorisation to block seats and they politely ask me to go across to the ticketing agent counter where the SQ rep is and it's they that have the authority.
     
  3. NM

    NM
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    Aug 27, 2004
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    There are no rules about asking for such. Anyone can ask. But there is no guarantee your request will be granted.

    It all comes down to how full the flight is and how helpful the check-in agent is wanting to be. You are unlikely to have a desirable seat blocked out, just the undesirable middle seats. Its most unlikely to happen on a domestic flight where QuickCheck is in operation. And its most unlikely to be done at any time other than check-in.

    And the seats are never completely blocked out. They just to the end of the allocation list.
     
  4. gaia

    gaia Member

    Dec 1, 2003
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    I routinely get an empty seat next to me when flying QF unless plane is full.

    My experience with CX is that they block and won't release a seat next to one of their Platinum passengers, even under duress.

    Recently I was flying in CX J and my colleague was in CX Y and they wouldn't let him have the seat he wanted as "the Platinum next to that seat wouldn't like it".
     
  5. aus_flyer

    aus_flyer Established Member

    Feb 15, 2005
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    I always ask if the flight is heavily booked, and if no, I ask if they can please block the seat next to me.
    Always say yes.
    Though as far as I am aware, this is a priviledge reserved for Platinum.
     
  6. jakeseven7

    jakeseven7 Active Member

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    Nope, any one can request it, I used to all the time when I was Silver even. As others have said it depends on the PAX load and as always it pays to ask nicely and be courteous to the checkin staff.
     
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