Qantas is allowing Platinum Frequent Flyers free access to exit-row seats on both international and domestic flights, it appears.
The airline normally sells these seats to passengers for up to $160 on each sector.
Despite there being no announced change in its policy of charging for exit row seats, Australian Business Traveller reader Shaun Ewing -- a Qantas Platinum Frequent Flyer -- reported that as of last night, he was able to pre-allocate seats to exit rows on several flights using Qantas' online seat selection system, with no charge.
Shaun was able to book into an exit row seat on both a domestic flight and an international flight he had booked, with the online seating system asking for no payment.
Shaun's domestic booking:
Shaun's international booking mentions a $160 fee on the left side, but he wasn't actually charged the fee to select the seat.
Although Qantas' official policy is that "there is a limited selection of exit row seats available on domestic flights at no charge", its international exit-row policy is still to charge for seats.
The published Qantas exit-row pricing is $40 each way for a short flight (for example Australia to New Zealand), $80 for a medium length flight (Australia to Asia, or Asia to Europe/Americas) and $160 for a long-haul flight (Australia to Europe/Americas).
It's not clear whether the free exit row seats are being offered only to platinum frequent flyers, or whether the airline has loosened up its policy more broadly.
Qantas PR did not return Australian Business Traveller's calls this morning enquiring about the detail around the changes. We will update the story if we hear back.