Finding The Best Seat On Your Flight

One of the most common questions that I see about flights is regarding which seat to book. Nobody wants to get stuck in the middle seat in front of the lavatory, of course, but how do you know which one has less legroom or limited seat recline.

Several months ago, I wrote an article about two of my favorite sites for choosing seats. There have been a few updates since then, but the sites are still the go-to pages for finding your favorite seat.

I’d visit both Seat Guru or Seat Expert to help you choose.  Both sites are very similar, although one may warn you about certain seats that the other doesn’t.  You’ll find out what seats have limited recline, a misaligned window, armrests that don’t fold up, etc.  Some facts may not be important to you, but you’ll be forewarned.  Seats will be colored based on their desirability, as well as have an explanation for why they are advantageous or disadvantageous seats.


You don’t have to book the dreaded middle seat (although you might get it anyway). Photo Credit: Creative Commons

The sites are easy to navigate.  There’s drop-down menus to sort by airline or you can enter your flight number and pull up the seat map.  Just hover over the seat and it will tell you the plusses and minuses of each.

Note that the airlines recognize that certain seats are considered advantageous, so they’ll charge you a premium if you don’t have elite status.  You might even have to pay extra to sit close to the front of the plane. But even if you don’t want to pay for a better seat, at least you’ll avoid the bad ones.


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