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How To Get The Best Seats On The Plane

Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go. You’ve got your passports, boarding cards and tickets and the specially purchased multi-purpose items you’ll never use again. There’s just one thing standing between you and your dream holiday. But how bad can a ten-hour flight be, right?


Not all plane seats are created equally. Which is why those in the know stay ahead of the pack by choosing their seats in advance – and there’s no one more in the know than your glamorous, hardworking cabin crew. I recently worked with travel extraordinaire KAYAK to create a smart guide, providing tips on choosing the best seat in the plane.

Obviously the seat everyone wants to sit is 1A. On legacy carriers with first class, this is the seat of the elite, the prestigious seat.

But even on the Airbus A320 family used by easyJet or British Airways for short-haul journeys, 1A is still the best seat. Here you’ll get extra leg room, a higher chance of being served first and an unobstructed view. Just remember to wrap up warm as it’s typically one of the colder seats in the plane. 

British Airways luxurious First Class cabin.

On the other hand, in the Boeing 777 commonly used by British Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways to name a few, seats in rows 44 and 45 are the most complained about. It’s no wonder – with less leg room, limited reclining space and close proximity to both the toilets and crew galley.

Research also found that window seats were favoured by many passengers, although to be honest, unless you’re travelling with the people sat next to you, I always prefer the aisle seat for ease of access to the toilets and to stretch my legs, without disturbing anyone. It also suggested passengers were more likely to choose seats at the front of the aircraft, possibly due to the ease of getting off the plane and the likelihood of being served food first, with 6A proving the most popular overall. The least popular choice was 31E a middle seat towards the back of the aircraft.

Telegraph Travel also investigated which aircraft seats are the safest in the event of a crash. They concluded that, while flying is very safe, and the odds of being killed on a single flight are just 1 in 4.7 million, you might help your chances slightly by sitting in economy, towards the back, with your seat belt fastened, by the window, within a few rows of an emergency exit.

We love sharing our insider tips to help you travel smarter, so take a look at the KAYAK guide below and find the best seat, to get your trip off to a great start.

And here are some top tips for getting the seat you want –

  • Be early. In both booking your flight and getting to the airport. The earlier you book, the more chance you have of bagging your prefered seat and if this fails, get to the airport early and speak to the check in staff.
  • Be prepared to pay. Most airlines charge for you to pick your favourite seat and many of those best seats are the more expensive ones so dig deep.
  • Join a frequent flyer programme. It does have its perks such as free seat selection. Just don’t be one of ‘those’ passengers who brag about it as soon as they board “I’m a gold card holder”, “I couldn’t care less!”
  • Most importantly BE NICE! To the check in staff, to the gate staff and be especially nice to your cabin crew. The nicer you are, the more chance you have of us bending over backwards to help you.

Follow our handy tips above to avoid this being your seat!

Link to original Kayak article can be found here.

© by Dan Air in association with Kayak


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