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User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Does anyone know if NW "unlocks" these seats as the departure time nears? I'm in the way back of the plane and would like to move towards the middle, but I don't have elite status so their website won't let me. I was hoping that would be possible.

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User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

From my experience if they get unlocked it wont be until day of or 24hrs before. Nothing like putting us in the rear of cattle class.

User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2718 times:

Airlines that usually do this, release them around 24hrs before departure, as Neilalp mentioned. Online check-in is always a good best bet.

...plus, as always...it's always worth a direct call to the airline, and some sweet talking.

rgds,

Jimbo

[Edited 2005-04-19 02:42:04]


I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!
User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 827 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

NWA will unlock the seats in Premium Seating area at 24hours before the departure mark. It's a good idea to do the online check-in at that point to get one of those seats.


The Widget Air Line :)
User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3292 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

Quoting Neilalp (Reply 1):
Nothing like putting us in the rear of cattle class.

Put yourself in my shoes and see how you feel. I'm one of those NWA elite customers. Let's say I need to buy a last minute DTW-LGA ticket. I'm going to drop somewhere between $500-$1000 for the last minute seat. I have to do it at least once a month. Why shouldn't NW block some seats for me? As others have said, the seats get unlocked 24 hours out.


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2521 times:

One thing I've noticed on my travels with northwest is that most people don't know they can access these seats when they check in. I almost always end up getting an exit row seat. I've been on a lot of DC9 flights that were only 50-75% full, and there is almost no one in the exit rows. I once flew on a DC9 and there were only two of us sitting in the exit rows, meaning 8 exit row seats were vacant. Everyone was smashed together in the back of the plane. I'm secretly hoping that people don't catch on, because all the exit row seating is great.


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User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2510 times:

I just looked online and the seats for my first segment have been unlocked. I went from row 33 to row 13. Nice. Now I just have to try for my return trip. To bad no exit rows were left. Oh well, maybe next time.

User currently offlineBond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

Yeah, it's the same with USAir. I fly most weeks with 'em and if you book online close to 24hrs before departure, the exit rows are frequently available.

Kind of defeats the whole object of holding them....for what?

Well, now everybody know of course  Smile

Jimbo



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User currently offlineNeilalp From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1034 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2490 times:

Quoting TOLtommy (Reply 4):
Put yourself in my shoes and see how you feel. I'm one of those NWA elite customers. Let's say I need to buy a last minute DTW-LGA ticket. I'm going to drop somewhere between $500-$1000 for the last minute seat. I have to do it at least once a month. Why shouldn't NW block some seats for me? As others have said, the seats get unlocked 24 hours out.

Well a few years ago on a trip on CO from EWR-CDG booking 5months in advance and due to "security requirements" I was unable to select my seats and was given the last row. Why should I, someone who is on-top of things get the last row.

I don't mind NW or any airline saving some seats for the business traveler, but as someone who gives my money to the airline 5months in advance for them to make interest off my ticket as they hold my money I feel I too should be rewarded along with a better selection of seats.

I believe in the First Come First Serve Basis. Others may not. I know business travelers help the industry in a big way (I don't argue that), but they help the industry the same way in row 25 or row 10.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

Quoting Ejmmsu (Reply 5):
Everyone was smashed together in the back of the plane.

I notice that, too. On a Christmas trip from DFW to MSP, there were about 30 people onboard. All but five people were crammed together in the last six rows. I had row 5 to myself. It was funny watching them climb over each other to use the loo. Do you suppose they don't know you can change seats? Silly, stupid people.  Big grin

Mark


User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 827 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 days ago) and read 2403 times:

Quoting Neilalp (Reply 8):
I know business travelers help the industry in a big way (I don't argue that), but they help the industry the same way in row 25 or row 10.

Yes, they do help the industry in a big way. In return they hope to get a favor back. In case of NWA they'd like to get access to the Premium Seating so that they could get faster off the plane. That seems fair to me.



The Widget Air Line :)
User currently offlineMlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

Quoting Neilalp (Reply 8):

I don't mind NW or any airline saving some seats for the business traveler, but as someone who gives my money to the airline 5months in advance for them to make interest off my ticket as they hold my money I feel I too should be rewarded along with a better selection of seats.

I believe in the First Come First Serve Basis. Others may not. I know business travelers help the industry in a big way (I don't argue that), but they help the industry the same way in row 25 or row 10.

One concept no one seems to be able to grasp from an elite-FF standpoint is loyalty. Why would I give my [frequent] business to a particular airline, when I have no incentive to be rewarded for doing so? I hate to sound so intrinsically motivated, but we're humans, and that is why rewards work the way they do.

Elites have access to 'premium' seating at check-in as a reward for having flown a relatively significant amount of miles or segments in comparison to someone who flies once or twice a year. Regardless of how far out you purchased your ticket, that is not an entitlement to select seats that may be more desirable to flyers who have expressed more fiscal loyalty to the airline.



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User currently offlineBillElliott9 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

But what are your options if you are flying a NW codeshare on DL metal?

It is extremely difficult to change the seats...can't do it on-line and the only way I know is if you call NW directly. I called DL and they said I'd have to call NW. When I called NW they said they only access to limited seats. This gets really frustrating when I look at seat availability on delta.com and there are all kinds of open seats. I wonder if this will ever evolve into a more user friendly process. Does anyone have any experience with NW/CO in this regard? Any helpful hints are appreciated. Thanks!


User currently onlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

Quoting Lobster (Reply 6):
To bad no exit rows were left

I thought that those were reserved for airport check in, i.e. to ensure that the passengers can operate the emergency exits if necessary


User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 827 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 13):
I thought that those were reserved for airport check in, i.e. to ensure that the passengers can operate the emergency exits if necessary

No, when flying NWA I can select exit row seats at nwa.com. In the process of selecting an exit row seat I'm presented with a list of conditions that I need to check (by clicking a check button) and confirm that I meet these conditions.



The Widget Air Line :)
User currently onlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2201 times:

Quoting Jano (Reply 14):
No, when flying NWA I can select exit row seats at nwa.com

Odd - on Air Canada you can't, and to the best of my recollection on other Canadian carriers. I always thought that this restriction did make some sense.


User currently offlineJano From Slovakia, joined Jan 2004, 827 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

Well I guess when a person who should not be there in the exit rows makes it there then an FA has a power to reseat that person.

So far I was always asked by an FA if I would be able to help them in an emergency situation.

To me it makes sense to let the (fruequent) flyers to choose the exit row online. It frees up GAs.



The Widget Air Line :)
User currently offlineMtnmanmakalu From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 15):
Odd - on Air Canada you can't, and to the best of my recollection on other Canadian carriers. I always thought that this restriction did make some sense

FYI- NWA is an American carrier...  Wink .. And the F/A's are still required to confirm the PAX seated in the exit row meet all the exit row requirements after the A/C is boarded....



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