This Airline Will Let You Purchase the Empty Seat Next to You for a Reasonable Price

The airline is trialing the program for the next six weeks.


There is no greater joy in this life than settling into your plane row and finding it unoccupied by annoying seatmates. And now, you can recreate that feeling by purchasing the empty seat next to you for as little as $20. 

Carrier Qantas is trialing a “Neighbor Free Seating option” on select domestic flights, and it allows economy passengers to buy bordering seats for a fee between $30 AUD and $65 AUD ($20.28 and $33.80), Travel + Leisure reports. The pilot program has launched on six domestic routes and will be available for the next six weeks, at least. 

According to the outlet, passengers will receive an email if their flight isn’t fully booked. Then, 48 hours before departure, you can opt for the upgrade. Take note that it’s not guaranteed until departure. If the flight ultimately books up, you’ll receive a refund.

The routes include Gold Coast to Sydney, Adelaide to Sydney, Darwin to Melbourne, Darwin to Sydney, Perth to Brisbane, and Adelaide to Brisbane. They range in length from 90 minutes to four hours. 

The airline told T+L that it is considering a broader rollout on other domestic flights later this year. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Megan Schaltegger is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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