Member since 29 Mar 2017
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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.
Thanks guys... alarm set!
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.... :)
Member since 16 Jun 2011
Total posts 226
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 174
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 for Qantas" in the Apple Store which very easily calculates the T-80 time for you.
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