Blocked Seats on upcoming QF Flight

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Old Apr 16, 19, 8:15 pm
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Blocked Seats on upcoming QF Flight

Hi There,

Below is a screen grab on a flight I will be on in July. I have noticed on ExpertFlyer that almost all the seats in economy is blocked.
Seeing the flight is in 3 months time why would they block this many seats ?
I checked a few days back and this wasn't the case. I'm asking this question just out of curiosity
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Old Apr 16, 19, 11:11 pm
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Have you looked at the seat map in Qantas "manage booking"?
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Old Apr 16, 19, 11:20 pm
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Have you looked at the seat map in Qantas "manage booking"?
I'm sitting in business,so don't have access to view the economy seats. Just thought its weird as a couple of days ago all the blocked seats in economy were empty and bookable.
Would they be possibly holding them for an upcoming special offer ?
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Old Apr 16, 19, 11:35 pm
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..Would they be possibly holding them for an upcoming special offer ?
Special offer:- unlikely
Change of aircraft or schedule:- maybe
Big group booking:- anything is possible
But only QF will know
Is QF still selling seats on your flight?
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Old Apr 17, 19, 12:07 am
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Originally Posted by Mwenenzi View Post
Special offer:- unlikely
Change of aircraft or schedule:- maybe
Big group booking:- anything is possible
But only QF will know
Is QF still selling seats on your flight?
Did a mock booking for curiosity. Below is the ExpertFlyer vs Qantas website when doing a new booking.


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Old Apr 17, 19, 4:20 am
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Maybe bookings closed off due to possible cancellation. Iíd be on the phone ASAP ...
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Old Apr 17, 19, 4:33 am
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I checked and both flights that day have a heap of seats blocked.
Will call tomorrow to see what is happening...
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Old Apr 17, 19, 3:01 pm
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Mine is the same! Very strange. I spoke to someone at Qantas last night and they said my flight is 90% booked but I could see the flight was basically empty but all blocked out. Even the flight Iím taking in 6 weeks from LHR is the same
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Old Apr 17, 19, 3:02 pm
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I checked and both flights that day have a heap of seats blocked.
Will call tomorrow to see what is happening...
would love to know how you go! Same with me
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Old Apr 17, 19, 3:22 pm
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Mine is the same! Very strange. I spoke to someone at Qantas last night and they said my flight is 90% booked but I could see the flight was basically empty but all blocked out. Even the flight Iím taking in 6 weeks from LHR is the same
have you seen the fare basis breakdown as well? Seatmaps are generally not great indications of load
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Old Apr 17, 19, 3:54 pm
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There's a similar report on AFF:

Large volume of blocked seats! | Australian Frequent Flyer

I'm thinking there may be software issues or they may be in the process of modifying seating criteria.
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Old Apr 17, 19, 4:37 pm
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Or the biggest corporate seat purchase in history.

Launched this on Twitter aswell, so we may get the right heads looking into this. Like and Retweet for traction.


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Old Apr 18, 19, 3:18 pm
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Just to wrap up.
No conclusive answer on the blocked seats, however it seems to be a common practice at Qantas. These blocked seats will slowly come available at higher fare buckets.

Will revisit next month. 😊
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Old Apr 18, 19, 3:40 pm
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Just to wrap up.
No conclusive answer on the blocked seats, however it seems to be a common practice at Qantas. These blocked seats will slowly come available at higher fare buckets.

Will revisit next month. 😊
hmnmm... itís interesting as I did a mock booking with the highest fare and still could only book row 85
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Old Apr 18, 19, 4:02 pm
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hmnmm... itís interesting as I did a mock booking with the highest fare and still could only book row 85
There is probably a better explanation an informed Qantas employee would know the answer to 😊.
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