Is the Eurostar seating plan accurate?

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Just that question really. I have booked a trip to Brussels for a mate and I, but just had a look at our seat assignments and they don't appear to line up with a window on their seating plan: Carriage 17 seats 23, 24.

I booked through Expedia and don't have the option to change my seats when I log on to the Eurostar website, if I give them a call will I be able to change?

This will be my first trip on Eurostar since I was a 7 in 96 so haven't been on HS1 and I'll be disappointed if I can't see anything!
 
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I've never called them up to change, but my experience is that the ticket office in St Pancras is more than happy to help you switch seats if you ask nicely.
 

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Purely out of interest, why book with Expedia? Is it cheaper through them than direct with Eurostar?

I booked with Expedia just so I could spend my nectar points on a train + hotel booking, you can't spend nectar points in the same way with Eurostar, but it was actually cheaper through them than what Eurostar were charging for the same train/hotel combination.

E* £315.92

Expedia £234.48 (£154.48 with £80 nectar points)
 

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The plan is accurate; you have a full pillar I'm afraid.

Check in early, go to the customer information desk inside the St Pancras terminal ( it's on the right about ¾ the way along ) and as long as the train isn't packed out they can do a seat re-assignment on the spot for you.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Well I did give Eurostar a call and the helpful lady changed the seat assignments to carriage 14, 27 and 28 so I'm a happy chap now.
 

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I booked with Expedia just so I could spend my nectar points on a train + hotel booking, you can't spend nectar points in the same way with Eurostar, but it was actually cheaper through them than what Eurostar were charging for the same train/hotel combination.

E* £315.92

Expedia £234.48 (£154.48 with £80 nectar points)

Ah, cheers, so its a train + hotel. For a moment I thought that you'd found a way of doing a day return trip for less than £69 or whatever it is nowadays.

It is a pain when you end up with a seat without a window, particularly if you've specifically booked a window seat. I had it once on a packed Eurostar and ended up standing fopr most of the way, and also, nearly, on a flight to Vancouver where row 14 on an Airbus 330 has no window. Luckily I managed to find out from a relative who had come over to England about row 14 and so I was able to change it, but I was a bit mifgfed since the airline charged £9 each way for booking your own seat, and when I chose row 14 - just for the hell of it - it was months before the flight and only about 5% of the seats had been allocated.
 
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