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Best Airplane Seats

Getting the right plane seats for your flight can make or break your in-flight experience. Exit-Row, First-Class, Business-Class, or Coach?

Don't just get stuck with any old seat for your vacation or business trip.  There are plenty of resources on the web to help you decide which seats are best.  Obviously, the class of travel has differences.  Any seat in First-Class is better than Business or Coach, any seat in Business is better than coach, but seats within each class have subtle to major differences that you can't see on the seat map when you choose your seats when booking.

Things to consider when choosing seats:

  • Seat Pitch - the more the better.
  • Seat Width - again, the more the better.
  • Proximity to the Lav/Restroom. Sometimes - closer may not be better.
  • Availability of power ports.
  • Bulkhead differences between planes and airlines.
  • Proximity to in-flight entertainment.

There is a great resource on the web called SeatGuru. The site is run by a frequent flyer who has compiled data on the configuration of plane seating, airplane types, and more data by airline.  There are recommended seats and seats to watch-out and avoid where possible. 

Make sure if you have special needs or travel with children to let the ticket agent or travel agent know before you book so they can try to find you the best seats for your situation.  Sometimes it is best to have flexible dates so you can get the best seats.  Try not to be locked in to a time-frame when booking a flight - then it's much easier to find the best seats.

Good Luck!

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