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Etihad seat assignment advice

jpp42

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Hello,

My friend and I are booked on separate tickets on the same flights from SYD to AMS on EY. We used separate tickets due to returning on different dates, but would like to sit together on the outbound segments. I know the best option to guarantee seats next to each other is to pay for seat assignments on both our itineraries. What are the other options if we don't want to shell out the $200+ for this ? This is my first time flying EY for longhaul so I'm not really sure of the ins and outs of this.

* I have WP on Virgin Australia. Does this offer any advantages in seat assignment? It's all EY tickets booked through EY web site, but I did enter my VA details. This didn't seem to make a difference in seat assignment - is this correct?
* Can the lounge attendant in EY lounge in SYD re-assign us seats together (if available) ?
* If we wait until T-24, seat assignment is free, right? Is it generally possible to find seats together if we log on right at T-24, and if so, will they 'stick' or can they be moved around randomly (given that their systems will see us as two separate bookings) ?

We are travelling on mid week, last week of November, so I think it's a shoulder season and hopefully not totally full flights.
 

borism5

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Hi,

The general guideline is that you can check in online 30h before departure and then choose standard seats for free, should there be any spare seats as they automatically assign seats before they open online check-in. Now I did notice that they assigned a seat for me even earlier (let's say 48h before departure) and already from that moment I could log in with my PNR on Etihad and change the seating. As last resort, ask at the airport check in.
 

Stealthflyer

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* I have WP on Virgin Australia. Does this offer any advantages in seat assignment? It's all EY tickets booked through EY web site, but I did enter my VA details. This didn't seem to make a difference in seat assignment - is this correct?
* Can the lounge attendant in EY lounge in SYD re-assign us seats together (if available) ?
I know your trip is a while away, but let us know how you fare. I’m WP with Virgin too and I have just booked my first Etihad trip. I’m hoping that my status might help get me an aisle seat when the time comes. I always like to sit on an aisle seat but the seat selection fees for Etihad are far higher than I expected (they’re twice the rates I paid for SQ aisle seats in May). I don’t want to pay that much for a regular economy seat.
 

Jusrus

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Replies below from my experiences in May, July and August on EY to Madrid from Melbourne.

Hello,

* I have WP on Virgin Australia. Does this offer any advantages in seat assignment? It's all EY tickets booked through EY web site, but I did enter my VA details. This didn't seem to make a difference in seat assignment - is this correct?
Sadly completely correct. Does nothing. Even calling VA doesn't help.
* Can the lounge attendant in EY lounge in SYD re-assign us seats together (if available) ?
Yes, I have reassigned my seat on each of my flights this year at the EY lounge in MEL and at the counter at MAD. Have had seat next to me for each flight as a result (though they have been clear this hasn't been guaranteed)

* If we wait until T-24, seat assignment is free, right? Is it generally possible to find seats together if we log on right at T-24, and if so, will they 'stick' or can they be moved around randomly (given that their systems will see us as two separate bookings) ?
30 hours I believe. You should be OK for together, might just not be heaps of options.

We are travelling on mid week, last week of November, so I think it's a shoulder season and hopefully not totally full flights.
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