Pciking seats at etihad

i might be doing it wrong but its making me angry.


if i just pick reserve seat i can pick my seat anywhere in the ground available.



but if i put my member barcode in, i just can pick the general area and get given a seat.


am i doing it wrong but why is it this way?

Yep had the same issue last year. Gave up and just took the auto generated seats.

for sure its the AFL as we are getting a member discount they would rather give the picking of the seats to the full paying non member reserve.