I have noticed as a non-M&M STARGold that I have been automatically seated in the first few rows of economy on my intra-Germany/Europe flights and often found even on fuller flights, I had the centre seat left empty. Is there a formally designated part of the economy cabin that is considered Preferred Seating for elites and full fare paying travellers? A seat map on one of the SMD3 threads shows the first 10 or so rows of economy on the A380 with a "P" coding, and the regular seat selection map shows all these seats as occupied on the flight I'm on. (I assume as with the UA and AC sites, when one pulls up a seat map and has not put in an elite MP/AE number, all the Preferred/E+ seats show occupied even though they may be vacant and available to MP/AE elites.) I assume this is the case with LH. As I am flying on an award ticket, my elite status is not reflected on my LH res file, so I have only been able to select seats further back in economy online. I assume if I call LH res tomorrow, I can request seating in the Preferred section?