AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5545 posts, RR: 11 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3617 times:
Okay, so I got my ticket to go to Alaska this summer, here's the routing:
DAL-IAH-SEA-ANC, and then ANC-IAH-DAL.
I selected seats that I think will be good. I consulted seatguru.com, and came up with:
17A on the ERJ-145
16A on the 753 (the stop in Seattle is fuel only- same aircraft continues to ANC)
22A on the 752 back to Houston (LONG flight for a 752- 6.5 hours or so)
10A on the ERJ-145 back to DAL.
My QUESTION IS:
I was unable to reserve 'premium' seats. These seats are colored blue on the seat selector. I am not elite or platinum or titanium... or even aluminum. I am just a onepass member. At this point, I should hope to be reaching 'copper' status soon.
So when do they make those seats available? Or are they only available to elites?
Which ones do I want?
Does anybody have recommendation for the ERJ-145? Seatguru doesn't really say anything valuable. Also, they point out on the 752 that certain rows on the wing have windows missing---that's true, but they say nothing about the 753, which also has missing windows. SO- which rows should I avoid on the 753?
Corey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2525 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3565 times:
Check when it gets closer to the date of the flight, I've seen them release some of the premium seats then (even check the day of the flight if possible)... Otherwise check again at the ticket counter, or look it up on the eticket machines in the terminal. It never hurts to call either.
As for seats... on the E-145 as long as you get an "A" see you should be fine... 12A is the exit row. 17A is getting close to the rear of the plane which can be a bit noisy, maybe try to move up if possible. I find the E-145 to be one of the most comfortable planes to fly on, the seats ExpressJet have installed are extremely "cushy".
As for the 753, I've never flown on it so I can't comment... on the 752, try to get 7A or 8C...
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5545 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3390 times:
Yeah, I knew it was a load/unload, as you can buy tickets to Seattle on this flight, or continue on to ANC. However, the plane must refuel en route, as the range of the 757-324 is 3300 ish, and the trip to ANC is 3650, according to Conti. My point was that I would have that seat for both segments of the flight. Hope it's a good one!
Haha, any of the 'metal' categories... maybe that can be our new category, Mr. Smith, "metal".
"Can I get a free upgrade, please miss; you see, I have metal status."
Some of this is ridiculous. But that's for another thread!
JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3170 posts, RR: 20 Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3284 times:
Continental releases remaining premium seats when online check-in opens 24 hours before the flights. Emergency Exit row seating is also made available to everyone at this time.
To get the best selection of premium seats, check in online and print your boarding passes. Then, at the airport, simply go to a designated "Bag Drop" counter and you 'll be all set.
On the ERJ-145, seat 1A is generally opened up to the public quite early, and has already been made available to non-elites on my Express flights for late March. So if 1A interests you, keep an eye out for it. Though, being near the door and the door seal, it might get a little cold.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26005 posts, RR: 78 Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3275 times:
>Yeah, I knew it was a load/unload, as you can buy tickets to Seattle on this flight, or continue on to ANC. However, the plane must refuel en route, as the range of the 757-324 is 3300 ish, and the trip to ANC is 3650, according to Conti. <
Um, no. The flight is 2838nm and the 753's still air range is 3395nm. The plane would not have an issue with the non-stop, CO just finds it better to do the stop for revenue purposes
Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3055 times:
I am glad this topic was started, as I was debating whether or not to open myself up for flack for asking this question that has been bugging me!.
My OnePass has 60,000 miles....and I am flying in SFO-MAD next month, So I thought about using my miles for an upgrade to First, but was put right back in my place when I learned the upgrade would cost $450, each way, or $900 clams! How long has this been going on? I have never used award miles before, and to be honest, not sure why I've been collecting them!?
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3012 times:
Stirling, you shouldn't need to pay $450. I think there must have been a misunderstanding somewhere when you asked.
Instead, depending on the ticket you bought, it should be either 10,000 or 20,000 miles per segment (ie double that for round trip). Some fares are not upgradable. You can purchase a limited number of miles if you are slightly short (which you're not).
Asuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2370 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2973 times:
Premium seats are open to the public if you check-in from the kiosk as well. Also if you know someone with a OnePass Elite account, you can book your ticket under their account and select premium seats.
Stirling, you shouldn't need to pay $450. I think there must have been a misunderstanding somewhere when you asked.
CO charges a $450 fee each way plus the required miles to upgrade to BusinessFirst. I found this out the hard way trying to upgrade my ticket to MXP last year. It used to be $300 each way I believe but they raised the fee a couple of months ago.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5545 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2920 times:
Yeah, I knew about that upgrade fee- I think that's ridiculous. It's like my AAdvantage miles on American: AA won't let me use them to fly to Anchorage (which is why I switched to OnePass), so why was I collecting them in the first place? The published reward for DFW-ANC on AA is 25000 miles; for two summers in a row, they have told me that I wasn't planning ahead enough to get a "Plan AheAAd" reward.
HELLO, FREAKS, THIS IS JANUARY!!! I really get riled up on this one, sorry. If four months isn't enough advanced notice for AA to use my miles two years in a row, I'll take my business elsewhere.
Besides, they aborted the MRTC feature anyway- just another reason to jump off the AA bandwagon.
Not to mention the time they took my first class upgrade away from me, AFTER they had awarded it to me! WITH 30,000 of my miles, that they FORGOT to refund to my account! Ugh!
But yeah, I think $450 is a rip off to upgrade. If you'd wanted to pay for it, you'd have bought it, eh?
Aeronuts From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 114 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2909 times:
AA737-823: You'll find that most "Plan Ahead" awards, especially to nice destination, are taken up a 364 days ahead (can't go beyond a year). People suck them up because they can. DFW may not be a destination, but it's an AA hub, therefore creating the not available situation.
As for the $450 each way, that applies to premium destination (i.e. read Europe or Asia). All the major does that now, AA, CO, NWA; UA will require you to buy a "higher" priced fare.
Kanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2903 times:
AA monkeyed with the award descriptions recently just specifically for the purpose of availability issues. There's no more PlanAAhead awards. Now they're called MilesAAver. IMO they still have MUCH better availiability than CO (I'm an executive platinum on AA and a Gold on CO) but are now not the sure bet they used to be. Considering their condition, I don't blame 'em.
As for the 364 day fallacy, that's patently false. AA often doesn't release availability until much closer to date of departure (60 days and further in) when they have a better idea of what loads/yields are like. It's HARDER to redeem an award at 364 days than closer in. Sadly, if you're travelling at a peak time or want specific flights, you're likely looking at the higher mileage awards.
AA is still the best bet for upgrading internationally (the fees are ONLY for international premium travel on aircraft with Flagship service). They've recently instituted a $250 one-way surcharge but STILL allow upgrades from all published fare classes and don't charge more for cheaper tickets. $500 + 50k miles isn't as much of a bargain but it's much better than $900 + 100k miles (CO RARELY has standard mileage business upgrades available while AA does most of the time). Mind your their J class isn't as nice as COs but personally I'd rather fly on an airline that works to get me into the front cabin as opposed to one that works to keep me OUT of it.
Lrgt From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 710 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2899 times:
On your OnePass account you should make sure there is a "Dr." in front of your name....then whenever you make a reservation, Continental changes your name and puts DR at the end. This always gets you a guaranteed upgrade to BusinessFirst if you booked in one of the higher coach fare classes, sometimes even a space-a upgrade from deeply-discounted coach.
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3249 posts, RR: 4 Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2858 times:
Take it easy there jetdeltamsy....
But he does have a point. As a CO Elite member, elite seating at the front of the Y cabin is a perk that I have earned. If you don't have status, you can hope for something left at check-in. I'd be annoyed if a "once a year" customer snagged an elite seat, and stuck me with a middle seat for my full Y fare. FWIW, I wish more airlines were like AirTran. Only the top 2 fare categories and their elite frequent fliers (IE best customers who spend the most money) get seat assignments in advance. Everyone else gets 'em on day of travel.
That being said, CO's elite seating leaves a lot to be desired. There's no extra legroom, like E+ on UA. There's no blocked middle seat, like on AA. Any coach seat on NW is more comfortable than an elite seat on CO. Those of us who fly CO frequent know not to call Y seats of any kind "premium seating" on CO. CO's premium seating is on the front side of the cabin divider, and it's not even as cracked up as it used to be.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2823 times:
AA737, email me with your flights and dates and i'll tell you what the seatmaps look like and boarding totals so far... that will be an easier measure to determine if you can get an exit or seat in the "elite" zone of the aircraft..
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
Last time I upgraded on CO, I used 20,000 miles and zero dollars/pounds/euros to upgrade to BizFirst on LAS-IAH-LGW. This was only 26 months ago. Has this policy changed then? Is London not a premium destination?