Tips for getting the best seats on a plane
Which seats on a plane do you prefer? Window seats, aisle seats, exit row, bulkhead seats, seats near the front? Whatever your preference is, here are some ideas to help you get the seats where you will be the most comfortable on your flight.
Members of frequent flier programs will often have access to better seats on a flight. You can sometimes pay extra to get better seats, but that is not always worth the expense. It depends on what is available on each type of plane. Of course, buying your tickets as early as you can is usually a sure bet to secure a better seat, but sometimes that just isn’t possible.
Make sure to select your seat when you book your flight, and to confirm your seat when you do your online check-in. Sometimes at check-in you even have an opportunity to choose a better seat.
The best advice we can give you for getting (and keeping) a great seat on a flight, is to get to the airport early! Getting to the airport, through check-in, through security, and to the gate with plenty of time to spare is one way to make sure that your seat will be the one you want. If you get to the gate early, sometimes it pays to ask whether any new seat choices have opened up. And the best way to ensure that you get to the airport with sufficient time to get all of this done is to ride in an American City Express car right up to the door of the terminal, avoiding airport parking problems altogether.