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Etihad seat assignment advice


Nov 1, 2011

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.


Jun 7, 2016

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.

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