BA to start charging for front row seats (rumours)

Old Apr 3, 17, 11:09 am
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Question BA to start charging for front row seats (rumours)

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Just got off the phone with BA booking a couple of flights - have been told by an agent that apparently there are rumours that BA is planning on introducing charges for front row seats (including for Gold members) in CE. They had a lot of issues trying to reserve those for a number of customers over the weekend with no luck, and the rumour has it that it's due to change in IT systems that will introduce those charges. Has anyone heard anything about it?

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Old Apr 3, 17, 11:16 am
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what would be the point - the front row seats in regular CE are really not all that great UNLESS one is seriously tall and needs the legroom: the combination of being by the door for general boarding, tray table in the arm-rest, no under seat bag storage etc. actually makes them slightly annoying seats, in my opinion...


I am fairly convinced that a silent minority (majority?) of Gold card holders pick the front row just "because they can"; how many of them would pay for the privilege is a very debatable question...I, for one, most certainly would not
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Old Apr 3, 17, 11:19 am
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Just booked a front row seat in CE this morning with no issues.

I do like 1C for the extra legroom but I doubt I'd pay for it - as has been said above, there are compromises and it's certainly less private than other seats, e.g., during boarding.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 11:29 am
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Would be super weird if this becomes an enhancement. But then again... It's BA.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 11:52 am
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Unless they also intend to introduce charges for Golds booking exit rows, surely this just further kills off the case for paying for CE as a Gold?
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Old Apr 3, 17, 12:05 pm
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Not a good idea if true IMO. But I somehow doubt it's true!
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Old Apr 3, 17, 12:11 pm
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I booked front row seats this week no problem
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Old Apr 3, 17, 12:13 pm
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Got automatically assigned 1A and 1B on the flights booked this weekend into CE
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Old Apr 3, 17, 12:31 pm
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Which is mad, because there's less space for your legs in row 1 and you have to stare at the grey wall of doom. Always row 2 aisle or farther back for me.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 12:38 pm
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Perhaps a poor April Fools joke from the call centre member of staff?

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Old Apr 3, 17, 12:39 pm
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Don't get why 1st row is better. You cant always get bags into the overhead easily
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Old Apr 3, 17, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Which is mad, because there's less space for your legs in row 1 and you have to stare at the grey wall of doom. Always row 2 aisle or farther back for me.

I have moved us back a row, as i hate having the Table in the armrest...
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Old Apr 3, 17, 1:40 pm
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Originally Posted by lost_in_translation View Post
Unless they also intend to introduce charges for Golds booking exit rows, surely this just further kills off the case for paying for CE as a Gold?
To be honest, BA seem to be killing of the case for being a Gold!
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Old Apr 3, 17, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by mmxbreaks View Post
Which is mad, because there's less space for your legs in row 1 and you have to stare at the grey wall of doom. Always row 2 aisle or farther back for me.
Ha ha

The only wall of 'doom' which I think is wonderful is 64K on the 747 UD

Back on topic, the agent was probably just speculating I would say from the opening post but who knows what's next?

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Perhaps a poor April Fools joke from the call centre member of staff?

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However this was today and anyhow congratulations on your 5000th post. You're now a semi Flyertalk Evangalist
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Old Apr 3, 17, 1:54 pm
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Data point from am OWE:

no issues to assign 1F on Saturday,
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