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  • Philondon 282 posts

    So BA have changed the plane from a Boeing 777 to an Airbus A380 next Friday on my flight to LA. I originally booked a middle section seat in economy as travelling separately to my partner this trip, and hoped no one else would sit in my row. When BA changed my seat on the A380 someone else was put at the other aisle seat in the same row as me.

    So I Googled where to sit on an A380 and the 1st article was…. https://www.headforpoints.com/2020/07/01/best-seats-on-british-airways-a380 so thanks Rhys!

    I’ve now moved myself upstairs which is currently very empty! Only 10 other people have chosen their economy seats upstairs at the moment. Hopefully I’ll get the whole row to myself again.

    Although, seats are free 24 hours before the flight, does that include people who have already paid and reserved a seat? If so I might select a side seat as they are only 2 across not 3, and hope I’ll have them both to myself!

    NorthernLass 8,237 posts

    Most people only choose their seat at online check in so don’t be too disappointed if the plane fills up at that point! (Though it was pretty quiet to and from BOS last week, I don’t think US travel has actually picked up that much yet). I’m not sure exactly what you mean in your last paragraph but you should be able to move your seat up till the point you download or save/print your boarding pass, can’t remember which!

    Philondon 282 posts

    I don’t know why I paid immediately for a seat, probably because I’m travelling on my own.

    It’s normally free 24 hours before. As the plane was changed to an A380 I didn’t know the seats upstairs in economy are 2 – 4 – 2. I like the idea of hopefully getting 2 seats to myself but don’t want to pay another £41. But if they become £0 24 hours before, then I might change. Fingers crossed.

    yonasl 976 posts

    I would rather have the aisle of the middle section on the top floor (OO XOO OO):

    – Regardless of what you do somebody will seat next to you if the plane is full
    – If somebody sits on the other end you may be lucky and nobody will pick the middle seat if not very full (OO XOX OO)
    – If a couple sits next to you then they would rather disturb each other when leaving for the restroom etc.

    If you sit on the Aisle seat by the window and somebody sits next to you then you are at their mercy if they need to go to the loo and you are sleeping.

    In any case, as most people in economy will not pay for their seats and not have silver or gold status you won’t know where they selected to sit until 24hrs before departure (and even then many wait and do it during check-in).

    NorthernLass 8,237 posts

    Don’t forget the plane could even change again by next week! I would say if you’re investing in seat selection, go the whole hog and get an exit row as the difference is tremendous on a long flight.

    yonasl 976 posts

    Don’t forget the plane could even change again by next week! I would say if you’re investing in seat selection, go the whole hog and get an exit row as the difference is tremendous on a long flight.

    Agree, plus check Premium Economy. Last time I flew to LA the difference was £600 eco vs £800 premium. You can also ask at check-in if upgrade is a possibility.

    Richie 1,033 posts

    I’ve been on the A380 many many times, always on the upper deck apart from an initial flight to FRAnkfurt when I was on the lower deck. If you want to sleep, pick a window seat.

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