Qantas Seat Reservations: Two questions

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Cocitus23

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I have just used the Qantas seat reservation feature for the first time in a long period. The flights involved were MEL-LAX and return, about 8 months hence. The first thing I noticed is that they now slug you $25 per flight to reserve a seat - any old seat, not an exit row seat - and I was not happy about that. At any rate I did it for both flights,figuring that it cost me 2x25=$50. But when I got a receipt by email, I see I was hit for $60.
So my first question is: What was the extra $10 for?

Second question: Both flights are on an A380. I checked out seats both downstairs and upstairs. I wasn't even aware that there were any economy seats upstairs, but there is a limited block of them. Most of them are held for some reason and are not available for advance selection, but there was one seat on each flight, Seat 36F, which is not held back and looked to me to be a pretty good seat. I nabbed it on both flights. What is it with 36F upstairs? Good choice or bad?

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I can't comment on the seat selection fee, but in regard to 36F it is an OK seat. 36D and 36E are usually blocked by QF and are only allocated in last resort if the Y cabin is full. So I have often seen that the PAX seated in 36F ends up having all 3 seats!
 
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If you aren't happy paying the seat selection fee, you'd have a heart attack if you see the selection fee for an exit row seat.

Edit - just seen that your profile suggests you are WP. If you still have status (PS or above), you are entitled a refund.
 

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Thanks mannej, for your advice. Yes, I did indeed have a heart attack when I saw the charge for booking an exit row seat. Concerning status, since retiring I have drifted down from the lofty heights of platinum to be merely "Lifetime silver" nowadays. Does that entitle me to a refund? If so, how do I claim it?

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So you are PS. I'd be contacting QF by phone to initiate a refund. That is one of the benefits of PS is the free international seat selection on QF.
 

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I can't comment on the seat selection fee, but in regard to 36F it is an OK seat. 36D and 36E are usually blocked by QF and are only allocated in last resort if the Y cabin is full. So I have often seen that the PAX seated in 36F ends up having all 3 seats!

BUT 36 D & E apparently only have egress climbing over 36F as there is a barrier to the aisle at 36D.
 

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BUT 36 D & E apparently only have egress climbing over 36F as there is a barrier to the aisle at 36D.

Exactly, that's why QF blocks those two seats. My point was that if the Y cabin is not full selecting 36F can be a good gamble. Though there was a story here of QF giving 36D to a WP1... so YMMV
 
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