Likelihood of seats together in Club World

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Old Jul 18, 19, 2:54 pm
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Likelihood of seats together in Club World

Hi,

I wonder if someone can help - we are due to fly LAX-LHR on 12th Aug and have realised that we havenít booked seats yet for our flight.

We are are resigned to the fact that we will be sitting in the middle section as all the window seats/seats next to them are taken, but I am reluctant to spend £100/each on selecting our seats in CW!

So - my question is - how likely will it be that my husband and I will get to sit together?

Thanks in advance

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Old Jul 18, 19, 3:01 pm
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There is no way to predict this. Presuming that the CW cabin books full, whether there are seats together depends entirely on the makeup of other passengers and how they select.

Suffice it to say that you are traveling during high season with the economy on screech. If sitting together matters, pay the fee and do not wait as the pickings only become slimmer. If it does not, then let it ride and take what is left.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 3:42 pm
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The middle seats are the least popular among single travellers so donít despair of two together. Make sure you check in the minute OLCI opens 24 hours before to maximise your chances.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 3:44 pm
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Hi,

And a Welcome to flyertalk and the BA forum TeeABZ!

Agree with the first two replies.

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Old Jul 18, 19, 4:22 pm
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And... I'm guessing you might be connecting through LON from ABZ. If so, you'll get a little head start for seat selection on those beginning their journeys in the Capital. You should be able to choose seats for the longhaul section 24hrs before your first leg flight is due to leave Aberdeen.

We've always been quite lucky at snagging a pair together this way, before we got our silver cards.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by zafiragirl View Post
And... I'm guessing you might be connecting through LON from ABZ. If so, you'll get a little head start for seat selection on those beginning their journeys in the Capital. You should be able to choose seats for the longhaul section 24hrs before your first leg flight is due to leave Aberdeen.

We've always been quite lucky at snagging a pair together this way, before we got our silver cards.
I like your thinking but the OP is heading east not west from the UK.

May I also welcome you TeeABZ. I suspect FoxtrotOscar is correct in that in all probability you'll be ok with two middle seats being available. Please feel free to post an update and let us know how you got on.
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Old Jul 18, 19, 6:52 pm
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I wouldn't pay for middle seat assignments, and I can't imagine too many others feel the same way. So I'd check in right at T-24hr and see what is out there. Also, note that if the cabin is full there's even a chance some aisles or windows open up from "theoretical seating" (elites getting blocked seats next to them when possible), but that wouldn't solve "seated together", just "seated more comfortably".
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Old Jul 18, 19, 11:37 pm
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Not wanting to gatecrash this thread, but I have a related question. In August we are flying the same route as the OP in CW with another family, on a separate booking, with children but without status. We have secured two middle seats plus an aisle seat. For the other family (children aged 4 and 8) I presume that BA will guarantee each child is next to a parent. Is this likely to be four seats across the middle?
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Old Jul 19, 19, 1:20 am
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Originally Posted by TedToToe View Post
Not wanting to gatecrash this thread, but I have a related question. In August we are flying the same route as the OP in CW with another family, on a separate booking, with children but without status. We have secured two middle seats plus an aisle seat. For the other family (children aged 4 and 8) I presume that BA will guarantee each child is next to a parent. Is this likely to be four seats across the middle?
The aisle seats in the middle sections are popular so most likely would be two middle pairs. As this seating is on,y allocated around three days before, the families are slotted in around what’s left.. Remember though that NEXT TO means not separated by another person, so seats in front / behind each other may also be allocated to meet the requirement not to separate a child from a parent.
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Old Jul 19, 19, 1:24 am
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The aisle seats in the middle sections are popular so most likely would be two middle pairs. As this seating is on,y allocated around three days before, the families are slotted in around whatís left.. Remember though that NEXT TO means not separated by another person, so seats in front / behind each other may also be allocated to meet the requirement not to separate a child from a parent.
So a child could be put in the row behind in Club World and that would be 'sat together'? How exactly are we supposed to reach them in an emergency?
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Old Jul 19, 19, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by jp-mco View Post
So a child could be put in the row behind in Club World and that would be 'sat together'? How exactly are we supposed to reach them in an emergency?
Yes BA will sit children under 12 next to an adult, but their definition of "next to" is very broad and includes across the aisle from each other and also one behind the other.
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Old Jul 19, 19, 1:30 am
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The middle pair is good for couples, less good if you are married ,to deploy an old joke, and should be available 24 hours before departure, so I wouldn't pay at this stage. There is a computer module called Theoretical Seating which will be trying to keep you together anyway. On the basis you may not know about this, by all means check in online at the first stage, get checked in status. But don't print, download or App your boarding pass unless you are totally happy with the seats - by all means check in this forum after the first stage since there is always some experienced traveller online in this forum. The reason being is two fold: you can change your seats easily so long as you don't have a boarding pass, and secondly about a third of seats handled by Theoretical Seating change status in the first 60 minutes of the main OLCI opening time. So even leaving it 20 minutes could give you a lot of extra options.
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Old Jul 19, 19, 1:32 am
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So a child could be put in the row behind in Club World and that would be 'sat together'? How exactly are we supposed to reach them in an emergency?
Yes this would meet the requirement of sat together. Note that this would be probably the last option for BA, but it would meet their obligation.

I guess youíd have to reach for them for the evacuation, but at least they would be completely adjacent to you.

i find passengers on board will generally move to try and accommodate passengers sat in such an arrangement if asked to, particularly for the 4 year old.

it would be good if BA blocked seats in J for family allocation, but they only do this around the bassinets.
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Old Jul 19, 19, 1:45 am
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I believe you could also use Avios to reserve said seats, if you have any available. But not sure it's worth parting with any for said middle seats.

Personally I'd just be as proactive as possible, setting an alarm so you'll be in your booking at the precise moment free seating becomes available (T-24), having an idea of what you'd like in order of preference, then assigning as quickly as possible.

A pair of middle seats isn't that bad as a couple anyway IMO, but, true enough, it's still not guaranteed without a confirmed seat assignment.
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Old Jul 19, 19, 1:59 am
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And get what seats that are as close to your preference as possible at OLCI. Don't rely on good favour from other passengers being willing to swap seats onboard the aircraft - they will have used either status to bag their favourite seat, or have been willing to pay the seat selection fee.
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