The Travel Lens expert team shared their best hacks for getting “extra legroom” for free. While the tips are guaranteed to work, it’s always worth a try.
“If you’re traveling with a partner or friends, you have a good chance of getting a line to yourself for free if one of you books the window seat and the other the aisle seat.
“If you do this, it’s very unlikely that another passenger will book the seat between you, so this is a good tip to keep in mind.”
Passengers have more room to spread out if they’re lucky, as the center seat can be empty.
However, this tip is unlikely to work on busy flights and friends could be separated by a stranger.
Receive seat notifications
“There are apps and websites available, such as ExpertFlyer, that send you notifications when a better seat becomes available on a flight.
“When it’s time to check in and a more spacious seat is available, it wouldn’t hurt to ask staff at the desk if you can move to this seat, as they can agree.”
Some passengers cancel flights late and extra legroom may become available.
Travelers can always try asking airline staff if they can switch seats to a more spacious option.
Avoid early check-in
“If you’re flying alone or with someone but are fine with sitting alone, it’s worth taking a risk and checking in once most other passengers have done so as seats with extra space is available that the airline is happy to allocate to the other passengers for free.”
While this may seem very risky to anxious travelers, late check-in may mean reserving a passenger’s seat with extra legroom.
If the flight is about to depart and the seat is likely to remain empty, they are allowed to move a passenger for free.
Using frequent flyer schemes
“If you travel regularly and often use the same airline, it’s worth asking if they have any schemes that reward repeat customers.
“Many airlines do this and once you book your ticket and enter your unique passenger code, you can access member benefits such as extra legroom at no extra cost.”
Frequent flyer schedules can be a great way to access benefits if passengers regularly travel on the same airline.
Extra legroom seats are likely to be offered to loyal customers before they are available to everyone.
Choose a front row seat
“Most airlines charge extra for front row seats, but this isn’t always the case for larger planes with partitions between classes, as most people don’t want to pay for extra legroom just to face a blank wall in front of the passenger compartment. duration of the flight.
“So do some research and see if seats in these rows have more space and at no extra cost.”
Seats at the front of the aircraft may have less outside visibility or may be near the aircraft toilet.
If passengers are willing to forgo a view and don’t mind sitting next to the toilet row, they can take advantage of extra legroom for less.