I was just checking in for my QF2 SIN-SYD for tomorrow (Sat 14/03) and decided to do a seat change.
Last week when on Phi Phi Island in Phuket, I encountered a less than appreciated 24 hour stomach bug. I was a bit concerned at the time and thought I’d change my seat to be closest as possible to the facilities if required. At that stage, there were just 5 seats left in business.
When checking in tonight I found there were 18 or 19 free seats now.
Do you have status? Those seats may have just been blocked for gold & platinums if you don’t and have opened up at check in.
Those seats are actually towards the back of the J cabin. I’d think that Gold+ would be getting the ones towards the front end.
Just as an example though, when booking an international flight recently that went via SYD, the domestic business sector only ever showed row 3 as an option on a 738. After payment, if you tried a seat change, you’d find usually an empty row 2 or maybe one seat taken.
I’d surmise that QF block off the first 8 J seats by default till they have a paid passenger for them. Probably based on expectation, upgrades for Gold +, etc.
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