First couple of months of Platinum Seating Experience

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  1. rpmsol

    rpmsol Intern

    Jun 11, 2006
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    Hi,
    After being platinum for a few months I am still doing lots of MEL-SYD and MEL-CBR flights but noticed that I no longer have much window seat choice on a 767-300 flight.
    When I was Gold, I have quite a few choices at 5:15am on the QF400 to SYD, but now I usually only get one choice from 26K or 27K - and it is often the one with no window. Comming back same day, often with a bording pass sequence number of 1, I can usually choose 26A, but again with very little choice, and often without much of a window.

    Has this happend to anyone else? Will it be a passing thing, so I can eventually sit in 23A/K or 24A/K?

    I have 110SCs to Partner Gold. Does anyone think it may help when I reach PG?

    Cheers,
    Paul.
     

  2. serfty

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    FWIW, 27A/K are considered a premium window seat on most QF 763's. This due to the wall being available to prop a pillow against. ...
     
  3. rpmsol

    rpmsol Intern

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    I can see why they may be considered premium positions, but I just like to look out the window..... never get tired of it.

    I also find it impossible to guess if 26A or 27A has the 'missing' or 'part' window.

    What I suppose I was trying to comment on was the lack of choice, even if I am one of the first to print a bording pass. When I was Gold, with a sequence number of 1, I could typically choose 36A/K, 37A/K, 38A/K, 39A/K.... but now just get the one option, in that section of the plane. (I think that 55A/K and back were still available though.)

    Could it be that a set of 'Gold' seats are reserved for the 'Gold' pax, and I can't impinge on them?
     
  4. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    Pretty doubtful that they are reserving seats for Gold FF's. My experience is that I get absolutely no preferred seating, ever.

    My impression is that you need to ask if you want to sit somewhere specific.
     
  5. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    If I remember correctly 23AB and 23JK are the bassinet seats. You would have to ask for these seats at check-in as I do not think you would be able to allocate them using quick check.
     
  6. rpmsol

    rpmsol Intern

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    I feel foolish asking you to check if your preferences are visible online. A went the first few weeks on Silver without even realizing that I can set my preferences online.

    If the preferences don't seem to work, maybe you could try changing them to something very different, and see what happens!
     
  7. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    Yes, I have set my preferences online. I used to have "forward aisle" and while I always got an aisle seat it was never forward. Well, it was forward of the back row but not by much. I've now changed it to "forward window" so I will see what happens next week on my PER-SYD flight.

    I've tried to use my remaining UC's to get into business class and while there are currently 5 empty J seats, they are not available to me. It certainly does not encourage me to fly Qantas. I would have flown on DJ but they had no seats at all. :(

    Thankfully, my preferences always work on international flights (upper deck window).
     
  8. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Thankfully, QF comes to the rescue again. ;)
     
  9. Yada Yada

    Yada Yada Established Member

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    Yes indeed. :(

    Well here is an opportunity for them to show some loyalty and encourage me into flying with them in 2007. Simply let me use my upgrade credits on this flight - there are empty J seats available right now and I've paid full economy fare, so it's not like it is going to cost them much.

    I'm quite serious - if they don't, I'll consider cancelling my business class flights (QF5/6) in December and fly with SQ or MH instead. :!:
     
  10. rpmsol

    rpmsol Intern

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    I've been allocated 23K for the last 2 out of three flights on a 767-300, so it may have been a passing thing after all??
     
  11. petershannon

    petershannon Newbie

    Oct 8, 2006
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    I have been Platinum for several years and still get regularly the no-window 'window seat'. For about 5months I got EVERY time 29k SYD-MEL Returns. Somehow, I dont think these seats are recognised as a no-window, and I have no idea on seat allocation chosen by the system.:confused:

    I don't think it will get any better.

    Try talking to Q. I went to ASP this week and got 2nd last row. After discussion with checkin couter after arrival, on the return flight I was in 4K on return so it can be done.;)
     
  12. serfty

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    Firstly petershannon, welcome to AFF.

    As I posted previously, on 763's 'no-window' window seats are considered premium; especially for long haul.

    As a fellow QF WP; it's interesting you are after window seats (obviously) have that in your profile).

    Did you try the On Line Checkin as implemented but Qantas late last weekwhen you went to ASP. You can check in and select seats when making most bookings on JQ.
     
  13. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    It must be noted somewhere. I have a forward aisle selection, and when I get the 767, the QP staff have sometimes moved me to the aisle seat of the no window row, and blocked the (no window) window seat off.
     
  14. bluRider

    bluRider Junior Member

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    Do you think Qantas has something (bug or feature!) in their autoalloation program that gives you the same seat? ... I think I've had 10C or 10D consistantly the last 3-4 times I've flown between BNE and PER in a 737.
     
  15. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    Not sure, but I do know I always seem to get 22C on the PER-SYD/MEL 743 flights. (Now for sure, on my next flight I will be sitting somewhere else :) )

    And 23B was a biggy for me on the 332 flights.
     
  16. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    If booking early enough I mainly get 23B or 23J on the A330's!
     
  17. serfty

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    OT: But a little note about Seats 23A/K on 333's.

    Even though these seats are bulkhead, with the tray table in the armrests; there is a bit more comfort to be had for those amongst us who are laterally challenged as the armrest under the window actually lifts up giving up to another 10 cm of room.
     
  18. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    Good point. Thanks for the information serfty, definitely something to consider for next flight.
     
  19. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    It worked! It moved me! 22H :)
     
  20. bluRider

    bluRider Junior Member

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    i'm off to Brissy next week ... lets see if it works for me too!
     
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