Seat select A320 domestic

Old Jan 28, 2024, 4:13 pm
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Seat select A320 domestic

I've just booked some WLG-AKL return flights for 9/10 March and upon getting to seat select for the return leg don't seem to have many options.

Why is row 6 preferred seating? I can book (free) for the outbound leg but not return.


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Old Jan 28, 2024, 4:22 pm
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Seems to be a feature of NZ691 on Sundays that rows 4-6 are paid 'preferred' seating .....

Here is the EF seat map for Sunday flights NZ457 (left) and NZ691 (right)


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Old Jan 28, 2024, 4:44 pm
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How odd. Has nobody got to the bottom of it?

Guess I'll just have to pay the $18 to not sit in row 18. A trivial amount but once again comes back to a question of what is the point of maintaining NZ status.
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Old Jan 28, 2024, 5:07 pm
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How odd. Has nobody got to the bottom of it?

Guess I'll just have to pay the $18 to not sit in row 18. A trivial amount but once again comes back to a question of what is the point of maintaining NZ status.
What's to get to the bottom of?

Different flights and day AirNZ tweaks the frequent flyer & preferred seating to match loads and flyer types.
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Old Jan 28, 2024, 5:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Chessboxin
How odd. Has nobody got to the bottom of it?

Guess I'll just have to pay the $18 to not sit in row 18. A trivial amount but once again comes back to a question of what is the point of maintaining NZ status.
On flights with typically less frequent flyers, NZ decided to try make a extra buck by selling some of these seats are "Preferred".

Often I find its now better value to fly the main-trunk on JQ with the Flex Bundle, which even gives you $10 onboard credit (and open seat select). The AKL Lounge isn't work flying NZ anymore, there is more chance to get a seat out side of it.
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Old Jan 28, 2024, 5:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Chessboxin
How odd. Has nobody got to the bottom of it?

Guess I'll just have to pay the $18 to not sit in row 18. A trivial amount but once again comes back to a question of what is the point of maintaining NZ status.
Presumably 2 of you on the booking, and it isn't FlexiChange nor FlexiRefund. This naturally limits options.
Other flights are pretty heavily sold as well.

You could sit apart, sit down back, or pay $18...
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On flights with typically less frequent flyers, NZ decided to try make a extra buck by selling some of these seats are "Preferred".

Often I find its now better value to fly the main-trunk on JQ with the Flex Bundle, which even gives you $10 onboard credit (and open seat select). The AKL Lounge isn't work flying NZ anymore, there is more chance to get a seat out side of it.
Perhaps, but that doesn't seem to be the complete story. If you look at my post with the EF screenshots, what they appear to have done is to move the Preferred Seats 'block' of rows further forward, rather than being additional. Of course, that puts them in the former Space+ zone.
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Old Jan 28, 2024, 5:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Thai-Kiwi
Presumably 2 of you on the booking, and it isn't FlexiChange nor FlexiRefund. This naturally limits options.
Other flights are pretty heavily sold as well.

You could sit apart, sit down back, or pay $18...
Correct. On account of paying $1200 for the 2 x return flights I refused to book anything other than a seat.

Guess it's a matter of "if you don't want to be subject to the airline's arbitrary policies and issues, fly private"
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Old Jan 28, 2024, 6:14 pm
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Also is P!Nk is in Auckland that weekend so suspect heavier loadings & people booking in advance hence more seats gone.
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Old Jan 28, 2024, 9:43 pm
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And remember 691 is a AKL-WLG-DUN flight with a lot of poeple that connect right through so it's very different to 457.
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On the 320 domestics, do both exit rows 11 and 12 have the same seat pitch?
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Old Mar 10, 2024, 11:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Gasfoodlodging
On the 320 domestics, do both exit rows 11 and 12 have the same seat pitch?
What does it say on the AirNZ seat map? This information is readily available there.... https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/seat-maps
And it might depend if it is the 320 or 320 NEO....
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