QF A330-300 Seats for Plat

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  1. Chucksta

    Chucksta Active Member

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    Does anyone know which seats QF reserve for WP on their A330-300?

    Looking at the seat map, i'm guessing 23A/B and 23 J/K. Also 45A/B and 45 J/K could be a possibility (exit row seats).

    Has anyone sat in row 23A/B/J/K? Does it have more legroom? Are there storage bins above row 23? Have noticed sometimes the storage bins are blocked off for special/crew use.

    Does QF have a policy to automatically block off empty seats next to WP and OW Emeralds?

    thanks

    Chucksta
     

  2. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    It all depends. Seats 23A and 23K leg room is severely impeded. Coming back SIN-BNE in April I sat in 23A and had severe pain/cramping in my calves for a couple of hours and I am only 5'9".

    Seats 23B and 23J are OK as part of the bulkhead is cut out and you can take turns at sticking a leg into the business class area. I prefer these seats as I can avoid serial recliners and I am one of the first off the aircraft.

    Yes there is storage area available above row 23. Sometimes it can have blankets, pillows and headsets. I don't really take too much notice as I hardly ever travel with carry on.

    Any QFF with Silver status or higher can be allocated row 23. I have been in 23B or 23J many times.

    No.
     
  3. Shano

    Shano Established Member

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    It would be good to know who / when / how seat blocking is determined.

    I have read many instances of WP's having the seat next to them blocked, and have been told on occassion at check-in that this has been done for me also. On the weekend, Mrs shano, mini-Shano and myself flew to BNE (QF634 on Saturday). As mini-Shano is only 13 months old she was booked as an INF, and therefore does not get a seat. Prior to the flight (~3 hours) I checked seat availability online for our flight and it appeared that there were at least 20 vacant seats. Using OLCI I then assigned myself 28D and Mrs Shano 28F, hoping that the middle E seat would remain vacant (original seat allocation was 28 B&C).

    At check-in I asked the check-in agent (business class check-in in MEL) if he could block the E seat for us so that we had more room for mini-Shano. He proceeded to tell me that QF check-in staff have never blocked seats and could lose their jobs if they were discovered to be doing this. I questioned this, but only got a rather indignant response saying it wasn't possible and that with 20+ empty seats no-one would take the middle seat anyway. The only thing stopping me telling him he didn't know QF procedures and calling him an idiot was that I wasn't 100% sure of the facts, resulting in me being the idiot (oh, and I also wanted to get on the flight).

    As it turned out the flight was full except for 2 seats (was shown as a JQ codeshare when boarding???) so it did not matter, but has left me a bit confused about who determines seat blocking. There also does not seem to be anything publised about this benefit, so assume that it is just an "unwritten" benefit of having platinum status.
     
  4. Evan

    Evan Established Member

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    A staff member can request a block, its not enforced and can be overriden by the co-ordinators at check in.
    Some people will do it some wont, just depends on how lucky you are sometimes.
    E
     
  5. littl_flier

    littl_flier Active Member

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    I have found the staff in the lounge are alway very good at putting a block through. I ask on the majority of my flights when I am travelling with someone else to block a seat so we can have a row of three. I have never been told I couldn't, and all but once the block has held (a 4pm MEL-BNE flight that was full so it was expected). I have never asked at check-in though. A couple of times when travelling by myself, I have also asked about it and the lounge staff have alway put in a block for the middle seat, providing the other person has not yet checked in. All this for a measly QP Silver.
     
  6. N860CR

    N860CR Established Member

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    On the few occasions I've had seats blocked beside me, the FA's have ended up moving someone into them. On a recent SYD-BKK in Y, an FA approached me and asked my name, then returned a moment later with a new seatmate for me.

    Perhaps she went to check on the pax manifest that I am infact nobody important! :p
     
  7. straitman

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    danielribo,

    You're important to us here :!:
     
  8. wandering_fred

    wandering_fred Established Member

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    At least on the PER-SIN route rows 23 24 and 25 would seem to have a higher percentage of elite FF members. At least if you gauge that by the number of noise cancelling headphones. :)

    I asked for a aisle seat on the next flight SIN-PER resulting in 24D
    Seems someone else did the same getting the other inside aisle seat in row 24. On a flight reasonably (well really quite) full the two middle seats in row 24 remained empty. Though the two seats on the outside were filled up.

    YmmV

    Happy wandering

    Fred
     
  9. serfty

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    I am 6' with a 102cm waist measurement and I find 23B/23J quite fine. I don't mind 23A/@3K either as although I can't fully stretch out, the armrest under the window lifts up for additional lateral comfort.

    As far as blocking seats; I have been offered this many times at check in. With international flights it can be a godsend having a row of three seats to yourself on an overnight 747 flight in WHY.
     
  10. straitman

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    I agree with serfty here.

    I'd ask for 23 (or 45) A/B or J/K then accept a 3 or 4 seat block if offered. We went MEL - HKG in 23A/B onetime and on return were offered a 4 seat (centre) block for two of us. I'm similar size to serfty (I'm 1in taller) and I'd prefer the 4 seat block however the 23 or 45 seats are a good runnerup.
     
  11. serfty

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    The trouble with a 4 seat bloxk over a 3 seat block is that it's harder to protect. With a three seat you simply sit on the aisle and fend off those who try to climb over you. ;) Try sitting in the D seat and tell the person who appears in the G seat that it has actually been reserved for you. :confused:

    Of course, I have little trouble sleeping in 3 or 4 seat blocks, so it's not that much of an issue for me (and moot for 333's).
     
  12. straitman

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    Agreed. That's why I said it worked for two of us.

    Not really so easy with one.
     
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