Using QFF Silver (or Gold) status to score free seat selection on QF branded sale fares

By PG44 | Jul 05, 2018, 01:54 PM

Has anyone ever managed to get a free seat selection on a QF branded sale flight using Emirates metal, by quoting their Qantas Silver membership?

i.e. on flights where emirates charges a fee for seat selection.


The reason I ask is that Emirates customer service always claim that "Qantas high value members can enjoy same benefits on Emirates Airlines as they do on Qantas". So if they don't allow status matches between the two frequent flyer programs (due to alliance b/w Qantas and Emirates), then logic would suggest it would be reasonable for Emirates to offer free seat selection for QFF Silver members (in the same way that Skywards Silver members can)?


Anyone have any experience with this?

Is there any chance?

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By henrus | Jul 05, 2018, 02:29 PM
Yes. Qantas silver members get free standard seat selection on EK flights.

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By PG44 | Jul 05, 2018, 09:25 PM
Yes. Qantas silver members get free standard seat selection on EK flights.


Thanks... do you know what the best way to arrange it is?

Can I call Qantas? (and wait on hold till they connect me to the Philippines)
Are they able to book seats on Emirates planes?

Or do I need to call Emirates? I imagine Emirates would not have proof of QFF silver status... so I assume they wouldn't be able to help.. ?

When I try to log in to Emirates page to manage booking it just reverts to charging for seat selection.
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By henrus | Jul 06, 2018, 06:07 AM
You just need to have your Qantas number in the booking.

The Emirates system can automatically see the Qantas status and will allow for free seat selection.

If it's not working then check that your QF status is valid, the number is in the booking and the passenger is correct.

Unlike Qantas, Emirates only allows those with silver status to select seats for free with others in the booking having to pay if they don't have status.

If this doesn't work then a call the Emirates is required. Qantas can't help you select seats on EK flights.
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By Kathbirk | Jul 06, 2018, 05:20 PM
I usually book QF flights on Emirates metal from Perth through Dubai to Manchester. I use the Qantas website to book and also use Qantas edit bookings function for allocating seats
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