skoorb
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QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:46 pm

In October my girlfriend and I are travelling MEL-SYD-SFO on QF.. We've booked a Monday flight as this originates from the Melbourne international terminal whereas Wednesday flights you have to fly domestic MEL-SYD, and the transfer system in SYD is quite simply a nightmare. Obviously seeing as we are travelling as a couple in economy it would be preferable to secure one of the two-seats in the rear of the economy section.

I've been told on this flight we must disembark the plane in SYD before re boarding approximately an hour later. Will this be on the same boarding pass? ie: If we secure good seats in Melbourne will they be ours all the way to SFO? Any help would be much appreciated.
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ClassicLover
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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:00 pm

Quoting Skoorb (Thread starter):
Will this be on the same boarding pass? ie: If we secure good seats in Melbourne will they be ours all the way to SFO?

Yes, you will have the same seats all the way through, presuming it's a single flight number service. Either way, you won't need to check-in again in SYD so even if the flight number changes, you will be able to check-in for both at MEL. Best way to secure good seats is to be at the airport very early.

Good luck!
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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:09 pm

Quoting Skoorb (Thread starter):
on this flight we must disembark the plane in SYD before re boarding approximately an hour later. Will this be on the same boarding pass? ie: If we secure good seats in Melbourne will they be ours all the way to SFO? Any help would be much appreciated.

Like Classiclover said, you are right. You'll use the same boarding pass and occupy the same seats. The hour layover seems to go by real fast when you take into consideration disembarking time and boarding time.
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skoorb
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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:17 am

Thanks guys... Made my day.
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AnsettB727
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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:03 am

Call up QF beforehand for those seats (rows 70-74, if my memory serves correctly). They're popular with couples, and if you wait until you get to the airport, they'll be gone. I routinely request one of those seats a week or so before flying and always manage to get them, but do it in advance over the phone.
 
industrybuff
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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:43 am

Im surprised that Skoorb feels the transfer process at SYD as "quite simply a nightmare "

Compared to LHR , JFK or LAX , really SYD is nothing short of a dream
and with 4 easy steps it really couldnt be simpler ...

1) disembark flight at T3
2) go to Transit lounge opp gate 1, and jump on the next bus
3) alight bus at T1
4) ride the up escalator and proceed through outwards immigration ...

Do others not agree ?

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LPOZ
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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:02 pm

Quoting Industrybuff (Reply 5):
Compared to LHR , JFK or LAX , really SYD is nothing short of a dream
and with 4 easy steps it really couldnt be simpler ...

Completely agree. Just moved from UK to Oz and have transferred through LHR, CDG, FRA 100s of times and have to say that Sydney is great. Not as crowded, clearly signposted, friendly staff.

Also, have been on the MEL-SYD-SFO flight a few times and can confirm that you get just one boarding pass for the entire flight.

Good luck getting those seats.

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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:15 pm

Quoting Industrybuff (Reply 5):
Do others not agree ?

100% agree it's totally easy. I too lived in London and LHR and CDG were both nightmares. Try JFK or Atlanta! HA!

Syd is a breeze but I totally understand if you have the option of NOT transferring and just arriving in the Int'l terminal then I agree with Skoorb about using this rather! Enjoy your trip mate!
 
skoorb
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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:25 pm

Maybe it was just bad luck last time... but we checked in in Melbourne for both flights, and the check-in agent claimed to not be able to alter our seat assignments for the second flight at all, then by the time we got to Sydney it was too late to do so because everyone else was already checked in.. On top of that we arrived at the international terminal and through customs (with very little delay) when our second flight was in the final stages of boarding.. I just don't think Qantas leave a big enough buffer between the two flights to transfer comfortably and without undue stress. This is a holiday after all.

Seeing as we are doing a RTW taking in LAX and LHR I'm sure I'll get to experience what true airport nightmares are all about soon enough though.
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industrybuff
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RE: QF Seat Assignments MEL-SYD-SFO

Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:29 pm

Skoorb thanks for the clarification, based on all that I would consider you had bad experiences from
QF customer service perspective and not necessarily the fault of the QF transit arrangements in SYD.

Could I suggest that , if you live close to tullamarine, you might want to pop out the day before
and source out a QF checkin agent. The seat map is released to the airports staff inside 48 hours
of travel so the day before they can see what seats are left and you should be able to reserve a seat
on the spot and get the lions share for yourself...

before I became an airline employee I used to always do that - go visit the airline the day before....
and seeing as I am such an aerosexual it was major fun visiting the airport again for some spotting...

and I look at it this way - if your really looking forward to your flight and where you sit is of major
importance to you - (as it should be) its worth a quick dash to tulla the day before ...

Cheers and enjoy the trip !

Ibuff

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