How to choose the best seat on an airplane
The Himalayas seen from the plane
  • Post last modified:2020-07-11
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How to choose the best seat on an airplane

How many times did you had a flight and felt uncomfortable for hours? Choosing the best seat on an airplane is essential to traveling comfortably.

It happened to us many, many times. There are many factors that can make the flight exhausting: little room to stretch our legs, noise from engines, people who bother you all the time to exit, etc.

In this post, we will give you some tips on choosing the best seat in an airplane (or the one that best suits your needs). Your trip doesn’t have to be torture, but a pleasure and you will be enjoying the flight.

What you will find in this post:

There is no need to pay for the seat

Airlines will always try to make you pay for your seat. If you don’t want to pay for it, you are randomly assigned a seat.

If you travel alone this is not a problem, but if you travel with your partner or a friend you will want to sit together.

We always do the check-in without paying for the seats, sit on the seats that have been assigned to us (which are usually far away from each other) and wait for the boarding to be completed.

Most flights will never be full, so we take advantage of this to move and sit together.

If you want to make sure that you will be able to sit together, assuming that all the seats are taken, what you can do to avoid having to pay for both seats, is to do the online check-in for both without choosing the seats.

After it’s done, change only one of the seats, the one that is less convenient for you and pay for the seat next to the one where you want to stay. This will save you the cost of paying for one of the seats

→ Read our article on how to save when organizing your own trips

Choose the window seat

View from an airplane window with snowed mountains in Asia

For long flights, it’s better to choose the window seat.

If you intend to sleep during the flight, this is the best choice because you can lean your head and also because this way you avoid your neighbors bothering you every time they want to exit.

Aside from this, you will have great views and that’s priceless.

Or the one on the emergency exit

If you need more legroom, choose the emergency exit seats.

The disadvantage of sitting in this row is that all personal items should be stored in the overhead compartments.

If you don’t want to pay for the seat, but you want to sit in this row, you can simply ask the cabin crew to let you move if nobody else occupies it.

You will probably have luck, because on flights that aren’t full they’re not usually taken up, mostly because you have to pay for them.

Avoid these rows

How to choose the best seat on an airplane

On long flights, don’t choose seats on the row in front of the emergency exit, because they can’t be leaned back.

On low-cost airplanes, normally none of the seats can be leaned back, but if it’s a long flight and not so low cost, you will want to recline the seat for more comfort. You’ll thank us for this tip later.

The seats in the last row are also a bad option for long flights because they don’t recline either and there will be people going to the toilet all the time and the cabin crew working to prepare the food or talking to each other, which won’t let you sleep.

The safest seats

According to experts, the chances of dying in a plane crash are one in 11 million. So don’t worry about it.

If you’re curious to know which seats are the safest on the plane, they say they’re the back half, behind the wings. So if you’re afraid of planes you might want to know this when choosing your seat.

For those of you who fly with fear: the plane is the safest way of transportation.

The entire row for you

If you are traveling as a couple and want to have a whole row for you, the best thing to do would be to choose the window and aisle seats.

Nobody likes the middle seat, so there’s a good chance it will be empty. If the plane is full and there is a person who has been assigned the middle seat, you can always ask them to switch and they will also be grateful.

These are our tips for choosing the best seat on a plane.

We do not usually pay for the seats, but we almost always manage to sit where we want and what is more important: to sit together.

We recommend you to ask the crew, or your neighbor if they don’t mind changing. Usually, people who travel alone don’t mind changing seats so that a couple or a couple of friends can sit together.

However, all this has to be done after all passengers have find their seat in order to avoid getting in the way.😊

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