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Northwest Airlines seat selection-how to get the best seats?

Apr 2nd, 2005, 05:52 AM
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Cathay Pacific allows you to reserve in advance so they are indeed honored. The difference with Singapore is you're not reserving a seat, you're merely requesting a preference.
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:13 AM
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CX only allows certain Marco Polo Club or high-level Asia Miles member to get seat selection. Probably also depends on your fare class.

If you don't qualify, then they won't even give you a seat number. So, if you are assigned rows 66/67 already, then probably that means you do have the seats reserved.
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 01:12 PM
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I flew Cathay several times, all in coach, once even with frequent flyer miles, and I was able to reserve my seats in advance. Have they changed the rules?
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Apr 2nd, 2005, 01:49 PM
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laurieco - It's definitely true for myself, who flew a deep-discount "S" class fare HKG-NRT recently. I called CX and they wouldn't give me seat assignments. [That fare doesn't earn Asia Miles or any FF miles either.]

That's also what I've read repeatedly on the CX forum on flyertalk.com.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:49 AM
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How interesting, It's been awhile since I've flown Cathay. Better get my vomit story ready...
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Apr 30th, 2005, 01:13 PM
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Just wanted to let you guys know that I bought tickets to Kuala Lumpur via HK on Cathay Pacific on Orbitz last week, very cheap considering prices I have been seeing. I called CX and they gave me seat assignments, no problem. Rkkwan, I don't know why they wouldn't give you advance seating. Perhaps you should try again, maybe you'll get another agent more inclined to seat you. They did say the fare was not eligible for American Airlines frequent flyer mileage however. I was thinking of joining the frequent flyer program associated with CX. I do fly them every few years. Is anyone a member? I hate to see miles go to waste.
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Apr 30th, 2005, 04:45 PM
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Recently flew Cathay Pacific from Toronto to HK. Would not assigen seats until I checked in. Was sitting pretty far forward, but was still miserable as every seat was well-worn, filled and they were tiny. (I am thin, but 5'9"). Won't repeat it again.
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Apr 30th, 2005, 05:01 PM
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laurieco - Just curious... what fare class are those tickets issued in? Your Orbitz itinerary will indicate that.

Whether seats are assigned, and what FF miles you can earn or not earn are all based on fare class. Only the very high fare class can earn AAdvantage Miles; some others may earn CX's own AsiaMiles. You can sign up online. Others, like the "S" class fare I flew on, gets nothing - no AA miles, no AsiaMiles, no seat assignments.

Accoding to Asiamiles.com, these CX economy fares earn Asiamiles: Y, B, H, K, L, M, V.

But according aa.com, only these CX economy fares earn AAdavntage miles: Y, B, H. (with Y & B earning 1.5x EQM).

So, if your fare is K, L, M or V, then go sign up for Asiamiles. If they are not any, then forgetaboutit.
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Apr 30th, 2005, 08:26 PM
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Rkkwan, my Orbitz itinerary doesn't give the fare class. I searched all over for it but it's not there. I can tell you that we paid US$926.00 including taxes and fees, return JFK-KUL, via Vancouver and HK. Total time, 25 hours, not too bad. When I first started looking into flights, I was getting prices upwards of $4500 return! I thought I would then use Malaysia Airlines Access Asia Pass for $1099 plus taxes and fees (add another $150 for that) and use the pass within Malaysia as well but couldn't book flights within Malaysia at the cheaper fare class, even though their web site says you can. Ended up booking Air Asia for domestic flights, except from Sandakan to Kuching, which we're doing on Malaysia Airlines (cost for that leg--US$83.00). Otherwise we would have had to fly back to KL from Sandakan and then head to Kuching to fly Air Asia, a huge waste of time. We're flying Air Asia KL to Sandakan, Kuching to Penang (via KL) and Penang to KL. Total cost for those flights--US$63.00!! So when you add it all up, ALL of our airfare comes to US$1072.00, cheaper than the air pass from MAS. But getting back to CX, I thought the flight from JFK was quite cheap and expect it to be in a lowly fare class, but when I called CX, 15 minutes after making the booking on Orbitz, I was already in CX's system and had no trouble getting seat assignments. When you fly CX, where are you flying from? Could that possibly make a difference? Like I said, I've flown CX several times and always got advance seating.
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May 1st, 2005, 12:06 AM
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laurieco - My only recent CX flights was a regional HKG-NRT. It's a mixed CO/CX itinerary which I got from Orbitz.

Even though I go to Hong Kong quite often, that's the first time I flew CX in many years. Previous time has an AA award ticket - like 10 years ago!

They usually aren't the cheapest to Hong Kong, and most of their fares don't qualify for FF miles. It's hard for me and my family to fly them...
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May 1st, 2005, 06:23 AM
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I don't know, maybe the regional Asia flights that are discounted don't qualify for advance seating. I think this will be the fourth time I'm flying CX but I always book return tickets from JFK. I've flown them to HK, Sydney and BKK, Sydney being on a frequent flyer ticket. Never had a problem with them. I like CX, always found the service to be pretty good, espcially compared with U.S. Airlines, which stink--can't even get a free drink anymore. Does CX still give free drinks in coach on international flights? The only complaint I had with CX was with the food, worst than most and that's really saying something! Hopefully that's improved. From their web site, you would think they serve food worthy of La Tour d'Argent ;-)
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May 4th, 2005, 11:43 AM
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I am a platinum elite on NW. They reserve the best seats towards the front of the plane for this group and release them closer to departure.

One thing to try is a website called www.seatguru.com. This website offers specific configurations and some hints on where the best seats are. You just have the know your airline and the type of aircraft. I have found it really useful!!
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May 4th, 2005, 05:02 PM
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rkkwan--I've finally figured out what class my CX tickets to Kuala Lumpur are in, it was listed on my credit card statement of all things! They are M class, which will earn miles in the Asia Miles program. I've already signed my husband and myself up. It's a total of over 20,600 miles, can't see them going to waste.
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