Firstly taking the effort to actually select a seat at least puts you in the running to having a marginally better flight than the otherwise random seat next to the fat smelly guy with two crying babies.
Seat selection has been made into somewhat of a science by sites like Seat Guru, where they break the seats selection down by Airline and plane type to optimise your comfort.
Their guru advice in a Guide to Booking the Best Airline Seat covers all the basics, and gives you the tools to do it:
1. Do your research;
- Look beyond price
- Compare pitch and width dimensions
- Compare seat availability
2. Select your seat at time of booking (or when first available)
3. If not available when booking, call the airline directly
4. Check-in online
- Many airlines only allow the exit rows to be filled on the day of the flight so this is worth keeping in mind.
5. Considering get an elite status
- Many airlines offer upgrades or preferred seat booking ability to their members
Buying two seats across three
This one really only ends up working on a half empty flight, but when you are flying as a duo, try selecting an aisle and the window seat if available. Most people won't normally select the middle seat unless its a packed flight or automatically assigned by the check-in staff or system. And if someone does end up sitting there, well they are normally more than happy to trade places for a slightly better seat that will allow you to sit together.
What is your seat selecting hack?
Written by Peter Cain
Peter Cain is the Founder and CEO of dataGO.co, a company committed to making it easier and cheaper to stay connected whilst travelling. You can find him on Twitter and Google+. You can also find dataGO on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ for all the latest info on local and roaming SIMs and data hotspots.