Have you ever been to a movie theater, snagged the perfect seat and then had an 8-foot tall stranger with wild hair sit right in front of you? Oh, come on. It’s happened. You were pissed, too weren’t you? You probably thought, “I paid $8.00 for this movie and some schmuck is ruining it.”
Or have you been to a baseball game and seemingly been the only person there who people crossed over en-route to the beer stand? “If that woman steps on my foot one more time, why I’m gonna …”
I’m not judging you …
Where you sit greatly impacts your experience. I get that. That’s why today’s Travel Tip Tuesday Tip revolves around getting the best seat on the plane.
You already know flying first class or business class will get a comfy cushion for the long haul, but if you are a cheapskate bargain traveler like me, you’re not gonna pay those prices, so here’s the deal.
>> Always reserve your seat online. Always. Don’t leave it up to the airline to select a seat for you based on preferences, either. Secure that baby yourself.
>> Here’s a fun one minute (and 27 second) video for finding secret seats. Check it out, but then come back.
>> In addition to knowing about these secret seats, your new best friend is SeatGuru.com. I kid you not. Here’s how it works.
1. Go the website where you booked your ticket so you can select your seat(s) online.
2. At the top of your ticket you will see the type of airplane that will be used for your trip.
3. Go to Seat Guru and click on the name of the airline (be sure to use the airline operating your flight. This isn’t necessarily the airline you booked your ticket with.)
4. Click on the type of airplane you will flying on and you will see a map of the plane.
5. Refer to the available seats on your airline’s website and compare them to the seats on Seat Guru. The seats are color-coded so you can instantly identify superior or substandard seats. If you slide your mouse over the seat number, you can read more details about why that seat is, or isn’t a favorable option.
6. Choose your seat on your airline’s website and save it.
Now … sometimes airlines don’t play fair … I know, I know and have more than one plane with the same number. If you are so inclined, you can call the airline (the number is right there on Seat Guru’s website) and ask which plane they plan to use. They can change the plane at their discretion, so if you want to make sure you get an ideal seat, make a list of the best choices on different planes, and ask for clarification when you check-in.
For other seat-snagging ideas, see
What’s your best, or worst, seat experience? Oh, do tell!
And until next time … Buon Viaggio!