UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10362 times:
Hey guys, I might be flying to BKK late in August to visit some family and I was wondering about SIA and their seat assignments. I got right up to paying for my ticket, but they wouldn't let me choose any seat on the IAH-DME-SIN-BKK and back. So I was wondering, after you book, does it open up the seat maps for you, or do they not have seat assignments.
I realize this routing is rather strange, but unbelievably, it's by far the cheapest to BKK coming in at 1400USD. Why doe foreign airlines never show you seat maps before purchase like US airlines do?
I WANT window seats for all flights, but I'm not sure what to do. I called SIA and the guy seemed to not understand what I was talking about.
UA76Heavy From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10253 times:
Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 2): do US airlines permitted seat selection for long haul international as well.
as far as i know, domestic or short haul services anywhere usually permit seat selection, but no necessarily long haul.
Yes, I do it all the time with United's international and domestic flights--no problem through United.com. I can't speak for the other US carriers, though.
I wish more international carriers would allow you reserve and modify your own seat assignment.
Nicholaschee From Australia, joined Oct 2005, 661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 10181 times:
SQ allows you to select your seats if you purchased your ticket through their online ticket sales. If you purchased it via other means, seat selection is only available 48 hours before departure. This applies regardless of your status.
If you are flying R/F/J, you can make specific seat requests over the phone. For Y, you can only request Emex, Aisle or Window.
Ca228 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 10052 times:
Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 5): SQ allows you to select your seats if you purchased your ticket through their online ticket sales. If you purchased it via other means, seat selection is only available 48 hours before departure. This applies regardless of your status
I would suggest that you go online at exactly 48 hours before departure to get your seat - I flew SQ 1 from SFO-HKG-SIN last year, and by the time I logged on about 16 hours before departure virtually all the seats are gone, and there were very few seats to select from. I think the airline system pre-select all the pax seating and if there are any empty seats remaining at the 48-hr mark they are released for passenger seat changes. When you go into the online check-in at the 48-hour mark, you will see that a seat has already been selected for you by SQ. I think that's why if the route is already sold out or close to it, you won't have much of a selection to change your seat if you don't like what's selected for you.
ZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1151 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 9958 times:
Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 1): ring and ask them for an assignment & they'll do it over the phone.
Quoting 6thfreedom (Reply 2): if you call SQ, i'm sure you can put in a seat request.
Quoting Nicholaschee (Reply 5): SQ allows you to select your seats if you purchased your ticket through their online ticket sales. If you purchased it via other means, seat selection is only available 48 hours before departure. This applies regardless of your status.
And that with the "world's number one airline". It always annoys me, and I start moving from SQ. No advance seat reservation if not booked through their webpage (we HAVE to book through our "preferred travel agent"), and even on long haul NO miles accrual on the cheaper fares. At least TG, OZ etc give 60% or 70% of the miles in the cheap classes.
While I like SQ and their inflight service, these two things start putting me off booking them.
BNEFlyer From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 9928 times:
Quoting 9VSIO (Reply 9): Hey, at least SQ are pretty flexible with their tix...
Speaking of being flexible... when I was in PEN a couple of years ago with my mum we flew SQ BNE-SIN-PEN-SIN-BNE.
We were mean to be there for a week but after 2 days mum wanted to leave as it was an awful place (which we'll never go back to and will never recommend to anyone to go there).
I called SQ in KL, was a Sunday so no one was there, same deal with SQ in Singapore. Called SQ in Sydney and spoke to a lovely lady who got us on the afternoon flight to SIN the next day at no charge.
In a few weeks i'll be flying SQ BNE-(SIN)-SGN/BKK-SIN-BNE and want to change my flight from BKK to SIN to the same one but a day later. I've been told by my agent it will cost me $100 to do this... should I pay it or call when i'm over there and see if they'll do it for free again?
Oh and my agent put in my request for window seats but told me to do OLCI if I wanted a specific seat.