I cannot claim to travel a lot, but we do fly often enough for me to be fussy about our seats. Given a few conversations I have recently had with friends, I decided to write a post about selecting your seats for comfortable flying.
Selecting Your Seats In Economy Class
To be frank, there is nothing comfortable about economy class. The seats are narrow and the leg room is minimal. And you could end up sitting next to someone who has no sense of personal space. Airline configurations differ from plane to plane. And the same plane might have a different layout across the companies that fly them. SeatGuru offers great comments from travellers, and advice, about each and every flight so it is worth checking them out.
Two / Four / Two Configuration
This is the easiest choice to make when the configuration is 2/4/2. Dave and I choose the extra leg room seats with him at the window and me on the aisle. There is an extra charge for these seats but the expense is worth it. I book as early as possible to guarantee these seats. Be advised though, they will always be close to the toilets! And the baby bassinets. However, I personally do not mind putting up with this to have the extra space.
Three / Four / Three Configuration
When it is a 3/4/3 layout I first look to see if there are duo seats on the plane. I would give up the extra leg room to just be the two of us next to the window. We always select the second row of duo seats and on the A380 we always choose to sit upstairs. On flights with no duo seating I look to see if the middle row reduces to 3 seats towards the back. If this is the case then we take the aisle and middle seat in the second row of three. However, if the configuration stays at the maximum then we choose the aisle seat and the one next to it in the extra legroom middle row.
Selecting Your Seats In Business Class
It goes without saying that your seats in business class will be so much better. But, business class differs in layout from plane to plane, and airline to airline. This is not my usual method of travel but I book it often enough for friends and family to have an opinion. Try and not sit in the front of the class as it is close to the toilets. And, even though you are flying a more expensive class, the toilet is as small as that in economy. And on same planes there is only one bathroom. If you want to sleep on a flight then do not sit close to the rear of the class. You might end up one row in front of the baby bassinets! In my opinion the most important thing to look at is how you get in and out of the seats.
Enjoy the flight and remember, you get what you pay for. Flying is all about getting somewhere. So wherever you are going, and wherever you sit, have a safe journey! Please let me know what your seat preference is when you book a flight.
Inspiration published on Lavender and Lime April 22:
South Africa declared a National State of Disaster on the 15th of March. Airline travel has been reduced worldwide. But when we can take to the skies again, I certainly hope this post will be useful.