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how reliable is "elite seating" map/load as an indicator of # MVP on a flight?

how reliable is "elite seating" map/load as an indicator of # MVP on a flight?

Old Sep 2, 14, 9:46 am
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how reliable is "elite seating" map/load as an indicator of # MVP on a flight?

on most AS flights the first two rows of economy and the exit rows are full fare/elite only. how reliable is the # seats occupied in these areas of the plane as an indicator of elite load factor? i'm using this as an estimator of upgrade probability of course

i guess my question really boils down to -- would there be any good reason an elite would NOT select these seats?
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Old Sep 2, 14, 9:51 am
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Originally Posted by PV_Premier View Post
i guess my question really boils down to -- would there be any good reason an elite would NOT select these seats?
Absolutely -- one-third of them are middles, and some of us don't like windows, and bulkhead seats mean you're more dependent on bin storage. I will select 10C over 6E any day.
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Old Sep 2, 14, 9:55 am
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let me clarify further on the flights in question, the total number of premium seats occupied are 4 and 6, respectively. this total includes the two seats currently occupied by me and my companion. lots of aisle/window "premium" options remain for the choosing.

nonetheless your feedback is great, i did not think about it that way (the 1/3 of the "elite" seats being middles). i also agree that i hate bulkheads and never choose them, i'm an exit row guy myself.
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Old Sep 2, 14, 10:44 am
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Originally Posted by BearX220 View Post
Absolutely -- one-third of them are middles, and some of us don't like windows, and bulkhead seats mean you're more dependent on bin storage. I will select 10C over 6E any day.
Good thing 90% of Alaska's aircraft still have underseat storage in the row 6 "bulkhead".
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Old Sep 2, 14, 12:38 pm
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DL and AA elites have access to these seats so its not helpful. If the plane is extremely empty it works ok
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Old Sep 2, 14, 2:55 pm
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Non elites purchasing full Y or redeeming peak coach awards also have access to these seats.
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Old Sep 2, 14, 3:36 pm
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Plus companions who may or may not be eligible for upgrades can occupy elite seating...adds up with families.
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