Jetranger2000 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1333 times:
I called NW today, wanting to get window seats assigned to me for my PDX-ALB trip. The phone agent said my PDX-MSP and DTW-ALB legs have a lock on seating at the airport. My MSP-DTW flight was open though and I got a window seat there. Any ideas why there's a lock on seating?
FoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3027 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1297 times:
I have seen this many times. Usually it happens when they have already assigned all of the seats that are available for advance assignment. That doesn't mean the flight is full (although overbooking is also a possibility). It may just mean that the only empty seats are either (a) exit rows and bulkheads, which are usually available only at check-in, or (b) premium seats, which are only available to elite frequent fliers. All of these become available at check-in, though, so you could actually end up with an excellent seat. Just be sure to check in early (on NW you can do it from home up to 30 hours before your flight--very convenient!).
L.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1292 times:
Foxbravo is right, seats are blocked for Elites, the disabled, families with small children, and for crew rest on long flights. check seatguru.com, as it gives information on which seats are always blocked out.
Cx123 From Australia, joined May 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1156 times:
On CX they Lock /Block seats for Elite MPO members (eg. like myself) Therefore everytime I get on a CX flight I can get my favourite seat (even in Y Class) where I always get the roomy Bulkhead!
Also if the flight is not fully booked, they allow me to BLOCK 2 seats to myself in J and Y Class