Qantas 80 hour rule?

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Member since 29 Mar 2017

Total posts 34

Hi all,

Not sure if I imagined it, but I can’t seem to find the information regarding when Qantas opens up all of its seats for selection (such as those reserved for higher FF tiers). Can someone kindly refresh my memory? I thought it was 80 hours pre-departure.

Red Cee

Member since 15 Feb 2018

Total posts 151

Sounds right, although if you are a frequent flyer, you can select at the time of booking.


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

Yes. Jump onto Manage My Booking a few minutes after T-80 and the magic should occur.


Member since 29 Mar 2017

Total posts 34

Thanks guys... alarm set!


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jul 2013

Total posts 69

I’ve found its more like the T-79:58 rule..... so long as we’re not fighting for the same seats there won’t be any tears.... :)


Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Jun 2011

Total posts 232

It's basically a side effect of the flight going to airport control, which takes it out of reservations hands. It is not specifically about seating allocations, so you won't find anything officially documented about it - it's a side effect, not a design thing.



Member since 21 May 2014

Total posts 176

Remember that the seat map is not guaranteed to open up at T-80. There are a number of reasons why it may not open up, but T-80 is always a good time to check the seat map to see if it has.


Etihad - Etihad Guest

Member since 23 Mar 2019

Total posts 4

There is a APP named "T-80" which very easily calculates the T-80 time for you:

Last edited by armccauley at May 29, 08.46 PM.
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