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  • Joe G 80 posts

    Hi all,

    I have a flight booked to Singapore in PE later this month with my partner, we are both lowly blue status and from looking at the seatmap on the choose your seats option on the booking it seems most of the seats together are unavailable for selection. On both the outward and inbound flight at the moment only 2 seats are appearing together as available so I worry if I don’t pay to book those we might be separated.

    In principle I am reluctant to pay an extra £300 on what was already a premium ticket for seat selection so I wonder what people’s experiences of this have been. Are BA really going to do a Ryanair and sit us in random single seats for a 13 hour flight or in general are they likely to still allocate seats for a single booking together if I don’t pay the £300 ransom?

    Thanks

    ekposh 186 posts

    I mean if they’re available, you’ll be able to select these at checkin. BA will not purposely split you up either. I guess the issue here is if all seats are taken and you truly are left with 2 seats nowhere near each other. Even then BA may try and help, but can’t guarantee it.

    I have the same issue with flights to MRU, PE and J back. Looking at approx £360 return for all seats and am very reluctant but might be forced to pay.

    NorthernLass 7,490 posts

    I’m guessing that will be a busy cabin; BA will split you up if there are only single seats left at check in, even on a long flight.

    I did pay for PE seats once but it was £50 pp one way so not as much as it would cost you. I think nowadays I’d just see where we end up and whether a swap would be possible. On our last PE flight I had picked 2 bulkheads plus 1 exit row and there were 2 (teenage) siblings travelling together either side of us who had been separated, so we all shuffled round so they could be next to each other.

    Richie 977 posts

    How much is the cost per person per flight hour?

    Joe G 80 posts

    Thanks for the advice, I agree little can be done if those with status or who have already paid for seat selection have chosen their seats and what is showing is really all that is left.

    I suppose I was mainly wondering if that is indeed the case or if BA may have blocked off seats for booking on the seat plan for any reason that may actually not yet have been actually allocated to a person or if it is indeed reflective of actual availability as it stands. I suppose it still really comes down to pay now or take your chances. If we were flying business it would matter less but the thought of being sat in the middle row of a PE cabin sandwiched between two strangers for 13 hours does make paying the seat booking fee quite tempting.

    ekposh 186 posts

    Thanks for the advice, I agree little can be done if those with status or who have already paid for seat selection have chosen their seats and what is showing is really all that is left.

    I suppose I was mainly wondering if that is indeed the case or if BA may have blocked off seats for booking on the seat plan for any reason that may actually not yet have been actually allocated to a person or if it is indeed reflective of actual availability as it stands. I suppose it still really comes down to pay now or take your chances. If we were flying business it would matter less but the thought of being sat in the middle row of a PE cabin sandwiched between two strangers for 13 hours does make paying the seat booking fee quite tempting.

    I think Expertflyer will tell you whether a seat is booked or blocked.

    SamG 1,640 posts

    In my experience lots of people do pre select in premium economy. Either they pay, they have status or it is a corporate ticket where it is included. It is also a small cabin

    BA aren’t Ryanair malicious but in PE it’s perfectly possible there just won’t be 2 together by check in

    There will be some seats in the front blocked for bassinet. If you post date and which flight can check in Expertflyer or you can sign up for the free seat checking option

    Personally if I were a couple I’d happily pay the money for a window pair, it’s going to make a huge difference vs being stuck in the middle seperated!

    Biki 117 posts

    download seat alert by expert flyer to your phone. you can use it to look at what seats are actually already taken or are just blocked for free

    NorthernLass 7,490 posts

    You could pay one way and take a chance the other? Nowadays on a day flight I’m not too fussed about who I sit next to as both of are usually working, studying, reading or watching films but overnight it would feel a bit weird to be close to a stranger – I’ve been spoiled since finding HFP!

    I find the back pair best for overnight, you can recline straight away if you want to sleep and it’s quite private. It is close to the loos, admittedly, but once the eye mask and ear plugs are in place I’m not aware of anything!

    Aardvark 58 posts

    I agree – I always choose the back pair for a late flight so if you are not interested in the meal you can recline straight away. Depending on the layout, it is not always close to the loos, but only a divide with economy.

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