From seat selection to extra legroom, choose your ideal seat on board a flight can drive up the cost of your ticket. If you want to enjoy an entire row to yourself, chances are you’ll have to pay for the extra seats, which cost three times the price of one ticket.
The user explained that the hack works for airlines allowing passengers to opt for free seat selection when checking in online.
Online check-in usually opens 24 hours before flight departure.
The user explains: “If you are flying economy with an attendant and you can choose your seats online, don’t sit next to each other in a row of three seats.
“One of you goes to the aisle and the other to the window, leaving the middle seat empty if possible.
“When other people choose their seat, no one will voluntarily take a middle seat unless there are no other options.
“Instead, they go in front of a window or an aisle, or if they are traveling with an attendant, there are usually two seats available next to each other.”
For full flights, the hack won’t work, but if your flight’s payload is on the low side, you might be in luck.
The user continued, “If the flight isn’t full, you’re now much more likely to have a whole row together once the plane has taken off.
“However, if someone shows up in the middle seat for take-off, just tell them you made a mistake in booking and would rather sit next to your travel companion, and trade us for the window or aisle?
“No person in their right mind wants to sit in the middle seat between a couple when they have the option to sit on either side. Win-win.”
In an earlier conversation with Express.co.uk, experts shared some additional seat hacks that can ensure you’re not left alone with your travel companions.
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If you’re unable to select your seats for free, but desperately want to sit with your partner or family, Nicky Kelvin, head of The Points Guy UK, recommends booking your flight as early as possible.
He told Express.co.uk: “If having seats together on a plane is a top priority, then it is vital to book your flights as far away as possible.
“This ensures that there are still enough seats available together before the plane starts booking with other passengers.
“If you’re booking at the last minute, I recommend calling the airline directly to see if there are any seats available that aren’t visible online.
“A lot of times airlines block certain rows, so chances are there are still seats available for you and your kids if you ask.”