There’s nothing worse than getting to your gate only to learn you’re forced to sit in the worst airplane seat possible.
Whether you are shoved in a tiny middle seat between two lovebirds who thought they’d have the whole row to themselves or stashed away at the back of the plane near the smelly lavatory, having a bad seat can really make your flight experience miserable.
So if you want to avoid getting the shaft next time you fly – here are our tips for scoring the best seat you possibly can.
Pay For It
Yes – airlines are greedy and have no shame in charging you extra money to pick the seat you want.
Whether it’s the seat with “extra legroom” or other favorable perks – most airlines will allow you the chance to pick the seat you want – if you simply pay for it.
Is it worth it?
Well, it depends.
On a short flight that’s less than 3 hours?
On a cross-country flight that’s booked to the max with every seat filled?
It might be worth it.
If you are signed up for your airline’s loyalty program and are a frequent flyer there may be more perks to help you score the seat you want – so definitely explore that option.
Book Your Flight Early
Depending on which airline you fly – and where you are headed – you might be able to skip the hassle and just pick your own seat.
If you don’t want to pay a premium to select a “preferred seat” – then pick the best seat available to meet your travel needs.
Perhaps you want to sit closer to the front of the plane so you can quickly jet out when you land to catch your connecting flight.
Or you might be one of the ones who loves sleeping against the window…
… or having space to simply stretch your legs in the aisle.
Whatever your preference – you could save yourself the misery by just selecting the seat of your choice at booking if it’s an option.
Talk To The Airline Staff Before Boarding
And sometimes you just get lucky.
While going up to the desk to confirm your seat – you may learn a passenger canceled – or never showed up – and a better upgrade is available.
If you’re stuck in a middle seat – there might be a window seat available.
Or, you can even ask if there are exit row seats available and volunteer to serve while aboard your flight – and if you catch airline staff in the right mood – they might accommodate your request.
I’ve done this when traveling and have gotten mix results – but it’s always worth trying.
And remember – don’t be a jerk!
If you act entitled like the airline “owes you” the most comfortable flight experience possible – they’ll likely work against your best interest – as entitled and demanding passengers are a dime-a-dozen.
We’d love to hear your stories about picking the best airline seat!
(h/t Proud American Traveler)