Emirates have advised that they are now charging travellers for advanced seat selection for flights originating in New Zealand for their cheapest fares. Prices start from NZ$20 per adult for a trans-Tasman sector, increasing to NZ$90 per adult for flights through to Europe. Advance Seat Reservation before check-in is subject to a charge for bookings made in X, V, T, L, Q and N classes.
Advance Seat Reservation for Economy Class Flex / Flex Plus fares is complimentary after ticket purchase and is complimentary for all fares when online check-in opens, from 48 hours before departure.
Depending on their tier, Emirates Skywards members may be entitled to complimentary Advance Seat Reservation at ticketing on all Emirates fares, as follows:
Emirates Skywards Gold and Platinum – complimentary for all passengers in the same booking.
Emirates Skywards Silver – complimentary for Silver members only.
Qantas Gold and Platinum – complimentary for all passengers in the same booking.
Qantas Silver – members will be exempted from Advanced Seat Reservation charges for Emirates operated flights. Any accompanying passenger travelling with a Qantas Silver member will still have to pay to reserve their seats before online check-in.