Seating Allocation??

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thadocta

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Thanks for backing me up NM - as a QF Platinum, you are certainly in a position to be able to know what is going on (as am I as a Gold, but we won't go there).

The evidence seems to be becoming overwhelming that Dazzler doesn't have a clue, there are just too many people with day to day experience who are contradicting her, and we all have our QF contacts who are in a position to know.

btw, what happened with your login? I thought you were posting here previouslu? It appears not, there are quite a few regulars from that "other board" who are rather prolific here (hi Lindsay!) and I thought you were one of them.

Cheers,

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thadocta said:
btw, what happened with your login? I thought you were posting here previouslu? It appears not, there are quite a few regulars from that "other board" who are rather prolific here (hi Lindsay!) and I thought you were one of them.
Naah, not regeisted before this one. Too busy at other places :wink: . Just tend to lurk around here biting my tongue a lot. But now I have uncloaked, I will probably end up posting rather than biting on a more regular basis. Its hard to prolific here with the current volume. Yes, there are plenty of regognisable names around here also.
 

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Naah, not regeisted before this one. Too busy at other places :wink: . Just tend to lurk around here biting my tongue a lot. But now I have uncloaked, I will probably end up posting rather than biting on a more regular basis. Its hard to prolific here with the current volume. Yes, there are plenty of regognisable names around here also.


Really? ;)

Heck there is someone here answering to doc I understand from reading page #1. :D
 

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Some of us will answer to anything :D . I guess we can just keep in th efamily then 8) . But the only doc I would expect to meet around here goes by the name of Dave :wink: , who I am sure will chime in claiming to resemble that remark - oh I must be spending too much time reading these boards :roll: .
 

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NM said:
I normally just lurk around here and have a good laugh at some of the comments made. Some know me well from other places

Typical...

You've been registered on this board for 33 minutes (a slight exaggeration) and you're already a senior member...

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swissbignose said:
You've been registered on this board for 33 minutes (a slight exaggeration) and you're already a senior member...

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Crazy, itsn't it. 10 posts to make a "member" and 20 posts for a "senior member". With all the "freaks" around here, I am not sure I want to join that rank :p !
 

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Seating Allocation ??

Never really had a problem with seat allocation, just a bronze Qantas Club member.

QF Int'l SYD-LAX return - got prime aisle seat up front as per profile. Later changed flight booking on phone & same great seat offered, along with choices for other specific seat allocations. At LAX for return flight moved myself to a row of 4 vacant seats and was not a problem. :D

QF Domestic SYD-MEL return - always get aisle seat up front even on full peak flights returning 5pm. Once even a business class upgrade & that was before joining Qantas Club. Discount internet tickets hard to change flight if get to the airport early - sometimes they say no - just wait, other times - they just print out a new boarding pass. But it's still easy to request specific seats regardless, eg for a colleague to be seated beside you. :D

VIRGIN BLUE - SYD-BNE-CNS return - offered a front row seat or exit row seat on 3 out of 4 sectors - all without asking (or paying any extra) ! :D

UNITED Int'l & Domestic - online seat allocation choices have never been a problem to use. My partner & I missed one flight LAX - LAS and got a middle & an aisle seat on the next flight - which they said was standby only, but they gave new confirmed boarding pass right away (for no fee even flying discount economy). Also got upgraded to business class on return LAS - LAX route :D

America West - LAX - BOS return - again great aisle seat up front both sectors. :D

Really - I have no 'status' but mostly have good fortune with airline seats.
 
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Re: Seating Allocation ??

Gatorade980 said:
Never really had a problem with seat allocation, just a bronze Qantas Club member.
Really - I have no 'status' but mostly have good fortune with airline seats.


The force is strong in this one.
 

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thadocta said:
there are quite a few regulars from that "other board" who are rather prolific here (hi Lindsay!)

You called thadocta??? Prolific..why thank you :oops: - although I might be the most prolific here, that's still a long way behind my other count. As it appears to be a role call from the other website, I might as well rejoin the thread...it's taken me a while to stop laughing from the posts from Pages 2 and 3 thus far...I've been away from this thread for a while...

thadocta said:
Thanks for backing me up NM - as a QF Platinum, you are certainly in a position to be able to know what is going on (as am I as a Gold, but we won't go there)...The evidence seems to be becoming overwhelming that Dazzler doesn't have a clue, there are just too many people with day to day experience who are contradicting her, and we all have our QF contacts who are in a position to know.

My own understanding is similar to yours and NM's, but I haven't spoken to my QF contacts on this one yet to categorically confirm your assertion...seems like I'll need to to either add weight to your counter-argument with Dazzler or join her (whichever the case may be). I should be back soon with my answer.
 

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QANTAS Domestic Allocations are done Automatically by Computer overnight. There is very little manual allocation in this process and even then only for exceptions.

It's for reason that I generally will not take an earlier flight when offered as QP is normally more comfortable than 45E or similar if I move.
 

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Re: Allocations

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QANTAS Domestic Allocations are done Automatically by Computer overnight. There is very little manual allocation in this process and even then only for exceptions.

And your point is? This EXACT same information was posted by myself, NM and Lindsay Wilson - and several others - several months ago.

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Dave, the point he is making is that QANTAS Domestic Allocations are done Automatically by Computer overnight. There is very little manual allocation in this process and even then only for exceptions.

The emphasis has been changed to clarify the issue.

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I said it was done overnight. NM said it was done overnight. Lindsay Wilson said it was done overnight. What is the issue here?

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According to www.dictionary.com, this means that the allocation is done by Qantas (1) "During or for the length of the night" , or (2)"In the fore part of the night last past; in the evening before; also, during the night", or (3) "lasting through or extending over the whole night, or happening in a short time or with great speed; "these solutions cannot be found overnight!""

Just in case anyone was in the slightest bit confused. :wink:
 

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But the problem really is whose night? If I book a flight in Perth at 10pm for a connecting flight from Sydney to Brisbane when is my allocation processed for the latter flight? If overnight in the Eastern states it may mean that it is done after I actually get there. Ergo, I am stuffed.
 

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sully said:
it may mean that it is done after I actually get there. Ergo, I am stuffed.

Not stuffed, in fact I'd think quite the opposite. It would be entirely up to you to request a suitable seat when checking in at Perth. If the seat allocation has not already been done, it stands to reason that any seat on the plane is up for grabs (exit rows not withstanding).
 

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allocation by computer

The new point I was making was that almost all QF domestic pre-allocation is done by software rather than people. i.e. Computers. The only manual process happens when the software cannot resolve a load plan (rare, unless a sector is fully booked) or some VIP has a very special need.

Also, there is a period from about 3am to 5am Melbourne/Sydney time where there are no scheduled domestic QF departures anywhere in OZ. This is when the bulk of the processing occurs. These days it's very quick.
 

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I go out for a night with my wife and look at the discussion on the Board that I missed!!

Now that serfty agrees with most of the other posters that seating is done overnight (or should we say very early morning) using sophisticated computer software, I suppose that sinks dazzler's initial assertion:

The Domestic seating is allocated 6 hours before a flight. You can fight this until your blue in the face but it's true.

Now we can all get some rest.... :wink:
 
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