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Old Oct 11, 08, 4:36 am   #1
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Why did BA stop seat selection?

Was it a cost saving thing? I can't imagine how it saves them money. It's something I always look for when booking flights- can I select my seat at time of booking? Do BA have any plans to re-introduce this for a normal booking (i.e. not full fare)?
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Old Oct 11, 08, 4:42 am   #2
  
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It was to make OLCI advantageous at -24. The policy has dramatically increased the amount of customers who checkin at home and print their own boarding pass.
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To increase the value of full-fare tickets and elite status perhaps?
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Old Oct 11, 08, 5:09 am   #4
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And, presumably, also to stop the fragmenting of the seat map which you tend to get when you have nearly unrestricted pre-allocation.
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Old Oct 11, 08, 5:29 am   #5
  
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It was to make OLCI advantageous at -24. The policy has dramatically increased the amount of customers who checkin at home and print their own boarding pass.
Very true, I never used to bother, Im on t-24 on the dot now
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Old Oct 11, 08, 6:32 am   #6
  
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Why don't they consider borrowing an idea from cruise ships where you can guarantee yourself a level of cabin but not actually choose one. If any upgrades are going - your given priority.

i.e.

Gold / Silver - can choose their own seat as per current practice and also given priority if upgrades are required.

Blue - allow you to either choose your seat or not to choose your seat. If you choose your seat - you will be after gold, silvers and other blues (who chose to "gamble") and any other passengers should upgrades be needed.
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Old Oct 11, 08, 6:56 am   #7
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Oh for the love of God, how many threads/debates on this? They have not stopped seat selection. www.ba.com/seating explains it all. A search will reveal argument after argument after argument - none of them new - on this topic.
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Old Oct 11, 08, 7:21 am   #8
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Oh for the love of God, how many threads/debates on this? They have not stopped seat selection. www.ba.com/seating explains it all. A search will reveal argument after argument after argument - none of them new - on this topic.
Ah that's the effect of too much JW Black kicking in.....frayed nerves,lack of patience and understancing.

BA's seating policy?

If you don't like it fly with someone else who offer better.
That's what I do but only if flying in economy long haul.
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Sure you've not been at the sauce yourself, HIDDY? PUCCI drove you to it? Blaming other people for your drinking habits...
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Was it a cost saving thing? I can't imagine how it saves them money. It's something I always look for when booking flights- can I select my seat at time of booking? Do BA have any plans to re-introduce this for a normal booking (i.e. not full fare)?
Daft. Let me know when they change their minds. Meanwhile I'll use other carriers.
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Old Oct 11, 08, 7:37 am   #11
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If you don't like it fly with someone else who offer better.
That's what I do but only if flying in economy long haul.
You actually travel? I thought you just posted here.
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Old Oct 11, 08, 7:55 am   #12
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Sure you've not been at the sauce yourself, HIDDY? PUCCI drove you to it? Blaming other people for your drinking habits...
So far only coffee today.

I blame the typo on the approaching storm making me rush as I have to bring the washing in before it hits. PUCCI will love to hear that.

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You actually travel? I thought you just posted here.
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Old Oct 11, 08, 8:07 am   #13
  
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It was to make OLCI advantageous at -24. The policy has dramatically increased the amount of customers who checkin at home and print their own boarding pass.
Thatís all very well & good, for the outbound leg of the journey.

But how are you supposed to OLCI on the return ?

Spend the last day of your holidays frantically trying to get access to some computer somewhere ??

Just so you can get a seat assigned & not risk having yourself & your partner split up on the return flight. Or end up in crappy, bottom of the pile seats.

I donít think so

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Daft. Let me know when they change their minds. Meanwhile I'll use other carriers.
Exactly what Iím doing & loving every minute of it
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Old Oct 11, 08, 8:08 am   #14
  
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Oh for the love of God, how many threads/debates on this? They have not stopped seat selection. www.ba.com/seating explains it all. A search will reveal argument after argument after argument - none of them new - on this topic.
I suggest you take a copy of what you have said and keep it in a handy file so you can cut and paste it for the next time the subject is raised ....
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Old Oct 11, 08, 8:12 am   #15
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Oh for the love of God, how many threads/debates on this?
Never fails to rankle, does it?

The fact is while the policy may be familiar to us smoothies, it is NOT familiar to the good and great outside our community, who find it inexplicable.

There is a way to stop the questions, of course ...
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