Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 18 Jul 2015
Total posts 17
The other thing to do is to fly business! Get on a redeye, lie down, have a sleep and save both a hotel for the night and an extra day. Perhaps you need to do the sums? (Sorry, consult your financial advisor to give you an actuarial assessment)
Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Jan 2017
Total posts 12
Getting the spare seat has more to do with the fact the forward seats can only be preselected for p1 p and gold and only released more generally much closer to departure. This means if the flight is really full or another couple with status chose 2 seats next to you the your out of luck. Given most people who fly frequently enough to have status usually fly solo they won't preselect a middle seat. Regardless of status at or after checkin you can always ask to move seats to try and achieve a spare seat. All depends on how full the flight is. Seats can be blocked and there are hard and soft âcourtesy' blocks but these are not mentioned as perks. Courtesy blocks are generally reserved for special needs passengers eg. someone travelling with an infant on their lap. These can be over ridden by checkin staff if the seat is needed. Hard blocks are used for operational reasons. Eg damaged seat or load balancing. Asking routinely for a courtesy block would seem a bit entitled.
Member since 13 Nov 2018
Total posts 15
Originally Posted by John Phelan
You seem to be very keen on the "rights" of Platinum members. The only "right" you have is to be transported in accordance with the ticket you purchased. Anything else that the airline does for you, or gives you, is at its discretion - and that means at the discretion of the agent (who, by the way, is not a "clerk").
Rights? What rights?
Even if you have a Ticket and a confirmed reservation, we may refuse to carry you and your Baggage if any of the following circumstances have occurred or we reasonably believe will occur:
In any of the situations in this 10.1, we may remove you from a flight, even after you have boarded, without any liability on our part, and cancel any subsequent flights on the Ticket.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 11 Feb 2019
Total posts 1
As an airline who wants to keep platinum travelers, doesn't it make sense to keep the seat next to a platinum open as opposed to some random passenger.
If it were my company, I would block that seat until the plane was full.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,114
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Member since 06 Jun 2017
Total posts 8
The DFW A380 flight is good in economy as Qantas ensures business is full. That's where they make their money, not economy. Full cargo, baggage and full fuel means economy pax is reduced so maximum take off load is not exceeded. Economy pax take over rows after takeoff to be horizontal when sleeping.
A pretty handy result, except for the food.
Member since 02 Sep 2018
Total posts 3
I am QFF gold and I requested to get my seat blocked during next to me during check-in on my flight from Hong Kong to Sydney. He phoned his superior, stating my status, and in less than 2 minutes he agreed to doing so. Onboard the flight I found out the flight was actually less than 70% full, so I guess it depends on the load (and of course the status)
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Qantas often blocked empty seats for me for international flights but sometimes won't. Who decides ?
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