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All the good seats gone, even 2 months ahead

Old Sep 26, 23, 2:42 pm
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All the good seats gone, even 2 months ahead

I have noticed this problem getting worse recently ie last 1-2 years. Quite often I donít get a lot of notice as to when I need to travel, it can be anything from 2-8 weeks out.

Increasingly I am finding that not only are the flights super expensive (and the reasons for this are well known), but am finding all the decent seats gone in Club, so I am paying for expensive seats, which I sort of understand as I am booking so late, but it really is disappointing to find only middle seats left (LHR-US)

I try and reassure myself it would be worse if everyone got a free seat choice.

ok, rant over.
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Old Sep 26, 23, 2:45 pm
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Your status has you showing as GGL so you should be able to choose seats for free at the time of booking. Is that not the case?
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Old Sep 26, 23, 2:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Geordie405
Your status has you showing as GGL so you should be able to choose seats for free at the time of booking. Is that not the case?
Yes, of course. My rant is that all the decent seats have already gone by the time I book, paying £7-8,000 for the seat by the toilets seems a little excessive.
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Old Sep 26, 23, 2:55 pm
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I guess this must be a flight with old club world? with new club suites there is less of an issue with the few good seats.

I think this is one of those situations where there is no solution (other than maybe a seat watch on EF for one to become available).
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Old Sep 26, 23, 3:00 pm
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Well, the seats are expensive because the demand is high, which also suggests that many people are booking those flights. So it's not surprising that many seats are taken by the time fares get high...
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Old Sep 26, 23, 3:05 pm
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Oh I see - I read the "so I am paying for expensive seats" complaint to be in relation to seat fees, not the ticket price. How silly of me.
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Old Sep 26, 23, 3:10 pm
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I tend to book a lot of short haul quite late, sometimes only one or two days out, and when flying in CE I will often end up in row 4 or 5, but that's fine as long as I get a window seat. I recently had a flight where the only CE seat available for a late booking was an aisle seat, which was annoying, but that's rare in my experience.
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Old Sep 26, 23, 3:28 pm
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Get expertflyer and set up alerts on all your preferred seating. Especially if it's more of a business focused route then things do often move around and you can nab something better
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Old Sep 26, 23, 3:39 pm
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Do you check the seat maps before you book? Look at alternative routes / carriers? Iíd be doing a lot of research / flying F if I was chucking 7/8,000 on a seat a time
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Old Sep 26, 23, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by 2358
Yes, of course. My rant is that all the decent seats have already gone by the time I book, paying £7-8,000 for the seat by the toilets seems a little excessive.
I can't really think of a solution to this though, on a popular flight that most others have booked before you, there's really not a lot that can be done about it?

Other than something controversial like changing the policy that allows Silver/Sapphire to choose a seat for free at time of booking.

Or even more controversial, if you've paid a higher fare than someone who already selected a seat, you should be able to kick them out and take it!
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Old Sep 26, 23, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by mikeyfly
Do you check the seat maps before you book? Look at alternative routes / carriers? Iíd be doing a lot of research / flying F if I was chucking 7/8,000 on a seat a time
F is much worse than C for seating and with these lead times. You are nearly guaranteed to get a middle seat.

For club whilst itís annoying I donít think middle seats are a bad option.
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Old Sep 26, 23, 3:58 pm
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Originally Posted by sammyg901
Get expertflyer and set up alerts on all your preferred seating. Especially if it's more of a business focused route then things do often move around and you can nab something better
Agree itís super helpful and in choosing routing if there arenít the seats you require.
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Old Sep 26, 23, 4:03 pm
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The other possible cause is that with ticket prices so high the seat reservation prices are not actually putting the statusless off of purchasing - or more are (correctly) factoring in at purchase and buying anyway.

If that is the case BA could presumably fix it by raising the seat fees - but the consequences for this forum would be ugly.
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Old Sep 26, 23, 11:54 pm
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Where are you going to travel?
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Old Sep 27, 23, 1:05 am
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Originally Posted by the810
Well, the seats are expensive because the demand is high, which also suggests that many people are booking those flights. So it's not surprising that many seats are taken by the time fares get high...
Agreed. The OP clearly doesn't seem to understand that the 'good seats' are gone as people are booking early and demand is high. Perplexing argument. Like blaming BA as people are using their service...

It's like saying 'why is London so busy now and hotels so expensive?' well, because more tourists are travelling post-covid.

When I fly F in the US I often find seats are booked more than 6 months in advance. I'm looking now for January and on one Delta flight, there's only 2 F seats left, both aisle. Why? As people have booked the others! Simple.
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