We have booked with Qatar to fly return to Budapest in September 2014. On previous trips we have flown Qantas and were able to select seats months in advance with no problems, and we booked extra leg room seats for our return in 2012 (with an additional cost per seat, but it was worth it).
After reading some conflicting reviews of Qatar's seat allocation (tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g297604-i6045-k…), I'm hoping someone can shed light on whether it's worth checking in soon-ish (8 months beforehand seems ridiculous) in order to select seats and hope that we get the ones we select.
It all seems a bit too easy to select exit row seats online now when I manage the booking; surely they are going to charge more or just not give us those seats?!
Our other concern is that we are traveling over together and returning home on different flights; our bookings are linked (we got a travel agent to book) but when we log in to the Qatar website, only one booking is showing because we have separate references... This may make seat selection prior to getting to the airport a bit tricky, no?
Any advice would be welcome. Thanks. :)