You can now buy ‘Neighbour Free’ seats on Qantas

Physical space is a hot commodity in economy seating. To ensure the comfort of both you and your travelling companions, all elbows must remain tucked in, and a you-snooze-you-lose mentality governs the right to use the armrest. While some of us may occasionally splurge on a premium economy seat, few upgrade to business or first class purely in the pursuit of space. With that in mind, Qantas has introduced a new offering to make flying in economy a little more comfortable. You can now reserve a Neighbour Free seat, ensuring the seat next to you remains empty for the duration of your flight.

woman sitting in empty row of seats.
Enjoy the window seat with a little more privacy © Unsplash/ Killian Pham

How to book Neighbour Free seats 

Those travelling on eligible flights will receive an email invitation to utilise the service, which requires the purchase of a Neighbour Free seat between 48 hours and one hour before your scheduled flight departure. Current reports indicate that the cost of this service will start at $30 and increase up to $65, depending on the length of a flight. Your boarding pass will reflect the booking. The initiative was kicked off by a trial on selected flights late last year and was well-received by passengers. As such, the service has been expanded across the carrier’s domestic network. 

However, it’s worth noting that Neighbour-Free seats are currently only available on Qantas-operated flights. They’re also subject to availability and may need to be changed in the case of operational, safety or security reasons. However, should occur, the passenger will be refunded for the Neighbour Free seat. The extra seat also does not entitle you to any more baggage allowances, and cannot be used for infant seating, or to store items such as carry-on baggage or instruments.

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