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    • MSE Naomi
    • By MSE Naomi 20th Mar 18, 6:00 PM
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    Cheap airline seating
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    • 20th Mar 18, 6:00 PM
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    Cheap airline seating 20th Mar 18 at 6:00 PM


    Hi,

    We've written a new Airline Seating guide and would love your feedback.

    Please let us know if it was helpful and if there are any other tips you'd add.

    Thanks,

    MSE Naomi
    Last edited by MSE Naomi; 20-03-2018 at 6:07 PM.
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    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 21st Mar 18, 10:30 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:30 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:30 AM
    Hi,

    Been reading the airline seating thread.
    Your No 7 tip states that you can choose your seats for free with Virgin Atlantic as soon as you book,as long as you are checking in baggage to the hold.
    We have used Virgin quite a few times to fly to the states,and they always want a fee for pre-booked seats.
    We have a trip booked with them to New York in May,and if I try to book seats,they want 30 per seat...how is that free?
    • Gezwend
    • By Gezwend 21st Mar 18, 10:33 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:33 AM
    BA We love you!
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:33 AM
    Flew back from Vegas last year, checked in on line and there were no seats for us together and the thought of a 10 hour flight apart was daunting us. We had already paid for Premium Economy, so were extra nice at check in and guess what, got upgraded on board to business class! What a treat, BA Thank you
    • vin.rouge
    • By vin.rouge 21st Mar 18, 10:36 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:36 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:36 AM
    Beware of checking in last minute with easyjet (and maybe others). If the flight is full you will be bumped off
    • malkie76
    • By malkie76 21st Mar 18, 10:37 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:37 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:37 AM
    Might be worth pointing out that check-in opens for all flights if you have a regional flight first - eg if you fly INV-LHR-JFK you check-in for your LHR-JFK flight when the INV-LHR opens, giving you roughly 2hours head start on those starting from LHR on the same flight.
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    • Ivanka A
    • By Ivanka A 21st Mar 18, 10:53 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:53 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:53 AM
    Singapore Air do free seating allocation when you book.
    • sueandjohnslater
    • By sueandjohnslater 21st Mar 18, 10:57 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:57 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 10:57 AM
    I have not had any problems with either Aer Lingus or United in choosing seats at time of booking
    • Hannah M
    • By Hannah M 21st Mar 18, 11:14 AM
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    • #8
    • 21st Mar 18, 11:14 AM
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    • 21st Mar 18, 11:14 AM
    British Airways allow you to select seats free of charge at booking if you're flying with an infant. We booked for 2 adults and one infant and we could select seats for both of us for free, which works great as we're not taking any hold luggage.
    • jpmbosco
    • By jpmbosco 21st Mar 18, 12:25 PM
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    • #9
    • 21st Mar 18, 12:25 PM
    Seat reservation not always what you expect
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    • 21st Mar 18, 12:25 PM
    As I am sure some of you may have found out reserving your seat does not always result in what you expect (i.e. sitting together or a good seat).

    Particularly when booking online and very often if you book a last minute holiday or flight, you have to pay up front for the seat reservation.

    You may then get a link or be taken to the seat reservation section of the airline web site only to find that all the decent seats have gone.

    The reservation fee does not guarantee that you will get the seat you want, it only guarantees that you will get that seat, which you could have been given for nothing anyway.

    Also as the availability of non booked seats goes down on a flight, you are paying the same money for less choice.
    • tbutler12345
    • By tbutler12345 21st Mar 18, 12:38 PM
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    Virgin free seats
    Im writing from Barbados we flew Virgin on Friday.

    Even tho we had hold luggage I saw no way to book free seats far in advance. However I noticed I was able to book my standard seat for free (but not yet check in) 25 hours before my flight. Very few passengers had done this.

    I tried the same for my return seat and it wasnt free a week in advance, but a couple of days later I was able to reserve a free seat. I think 5 days in advance. This wasnt advertised to me or detailed on their website and not sure if its linked to Martins checked baggage rule which I think needs clarification. It seems to me thats its a cheeky unwritten rule that you can book your seats for free on Virgin around 5 days in advance of the flight.

    We dont fly home till Friday but can relax knowing we are in row 37. This is a great row we noticed on the way out as its just in front of the emergency exits, a big gangway, so no concern about reclining
    Last edited by tbutler12345; 21-03-2018 at 12:47 PM.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 21st Mar 18, 12:45 PM
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    BA allow you to select seats for free 24 hours before the flight time of the start of your ticket. So if you are flying Manchester > Heathrow > Miami you would be allowed to select seats for both flights 24 hours before your Manchester take off time, this can put you slightly ahead of others.

    Note that whether you are allowed to select at 24 hours before the flight for BA depends on whether your ticket allows for luggage, not whether you actually take luggage. The article is slightly misleading. All Avios bookings allow luggage so all will allow you to book 24 hours before the first flight on your ticket.

    The reason that not all seats will be available is that some people pay, others are allocated to those travelling with an infant and members of the higher ranks of their frequent flyer programme can reserve seats free of charge earlier than 24 hours beforehand.
    • OwenMc64
    • By OwenMc64 21st Mar 18, 12:47 PM
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    Norwegian Air
    While I've yet to take the flight, I was able to book my seats for both legs of my return flight to Argentina for no extra charge when I made the original booking.

    Now I didn't go for the bog-standard seating - I was checking in baggage, so that was included. From their website
    "Seat reservation is included in all tickets, except for LowFare, where all our extra services are optional."
    Last edited by OwenMc64; 21-03-2018 at 12:59 PM.
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    • kennymcc
    • By kennymcc 21st Mar 18, 12:51 PM
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    Dodgy upgrade to business class? Help!
    OK, this is slightly off-topic, but I need to ask!

    I'm flying to the US in a couple of days, and I'm booked to fly economy with an Irish airline. The airline have a seat selector page on their website where you can select most economy seats for free or slightly nicer seats (probably a bit more legroom, but still in economy) for 20-odd quid. When I was trying to select my seat for the outward journey, the page looked slightly broken, and one the available seats (for the princely sum of 27) was in Business Class! Obviously I grabbed it (duh), but I'm slightly panicked now! Has anyone heard of such a thing? Are they likely to refuse to give me the seat? What if the flight is full? Can they kick me off?

    When I look at my booking online, I'm still on an economy ticket, but the seat I've been allocated is definitely in Business Class (4G - I checked their seat maps). It's really weird.
    • A Frayed Knot
    • By A Frayed Knot 21st Mar 18, 12:54 PM
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    Top Tip for paying 1 Fee for sitting together
    Have booked with the dreaded Ryanair, as flying solo last time, prebooked Priority because I wanted to take my luggage on the plane with me, they then gave me my seat no, which was an aisle seat. Perfect.

    This time travelling +1, so wanted two seats together, and as usual we got different rows, different sides, and the middle seat for 1. Saw on the seat plan that there was an empty seat beside me, so accepted the two different seats, then went back in and changed the other seat to beside me, meaning we only paid for 1 booking reserved seat. (Hope that makes sense, to you all).

    Would just like to mention as well, that we booked the holiday with On the Beach, if you reserve Priority and your seat, they were charging X4 the amount Ryanair were.

    ps - Had to book seats on the way back, so I could print out my/our boarding passes, cause I'm a numpty when it comes to apps and internet on my phone.
    Last edited by A Frayed Knot; 21-03-2018 at 12:57 PM.
    • Brighty1861
    • By Brighty1861 21st Mar 18, 1:24 PM
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    Agreed
    Hi,

    Been reading the airline seating thread.
    Your No 7 tip states that you can choose your seats for free with Virgin Atlantic as soon as you book,as long as you are checking in baggage to the hold.
    We have used Virgin quite a few times to fly to the states,and they always want a fee for pre-booked seats.
    We have a trip booked with them to New York in May,and if I try to book seats,they want 30 per seat...how is that free?
    Originally posted by Brats64
    I thought that as well and logged straight into Virgin but it was 30 a seat.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 21st Mar 18, 2:14 PM
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    Singapore Air do free seating allocation when you book.
    Originally posted by Ivanka A
    Sadly, I'm pretty sure that changed earlier this year.
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    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 21st Mar 18, 2:24 PM
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    OK, this is slightly off-topic, but I need to ask!

    I'm flying to the US in a couple of days, and I'm booked to fly economy with an Irish airline. The airline have a seat selector page on their website where you can select most economy seats for free or slightly nicer seats (probably a bit more legroom, but still in economy) for 20-odd quid. When I was trying to select my seat for the outward journey, the page looked slightly broken, and one the available seats (for the princely sum of 27) was in Business Class! Obviously I grabbed it (duh), but I'm slightly panicked now! Has anyone heard of such a thing? Are they likely to refuse to give me the seat? What if the flight is full? Can they kick me off?

    When I look at my booking online, I'm still on an economy ticket, but the seat I've been allocated is definitely in Business Class (4G - I checked their seat maps). It's really weird.
    Originally posted by kennymcc
    I've seen this happen before (on KLM, not Aer Lingus), and the passenger will be reallocated before check in. The chances of getting an upgrade are not nil, but as near as, so pick the seat you want to sit in (in economy), otherwise you'll end up wherever they put you.
    • onionbag05
    • By onionbag05 21st Mar 18, 2:38 PM
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    Flying to Dubai on Sunday with Royal Brunei from Heathrow. They have let us select seats before check in with no charge. Also they were cheap to book originally. !!!55357;!!!56397;
    • Karob
    • By Karob 21st Mar 18, 3:45 PM
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    Ryanair allocation
    Hi

    I flew with partner to Trieste recently. Checked in the day before and were automatically allocated two middle seats one behind the other, in extra legroom rows. Two people travelling together boarded having checked in the morning of the flight and were allocated the adjacent window seats to us, again one behind the other. Of course we swapped, didn't ask the flight crew! On return we were allocated aisle seats 10 rows apart. Again two people travelling together had been allocated the middle seats next to ours. Again we swapped without asking! Safety is an issue. In emergency will partners try to find each other resulting in chaos?
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 21st Mar 18, 5:27 PM
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    OK, this is slightly off-topic, but I need to ask!

    I'm flying to the US in a couple of days, and I'm booked to fly economy with an Irish airline. The airline have a seat selector page on their website where you can select most economy seats for free or slightly nicer seats (probably a bit more legroom, but still in economy) for 20-odd quid. When I was trying to select my seat for the outward journey, the page looked slightly broken, and one the available seats (for the princely sum of 27) was in Business Class! Obviously I grabbed it (duh), but I'm slightly panicked now! Has anyone heard of such a thing? Are they likely to refuse to give me the seat? What if the flight is full? Can they kick me off?

    When I look at my booking online, I'm still on an economy ticket, but the seat I've been allocated is definitely in Business Class (4G - I checked their seat maps). It's really weird.
    Originally posted by kennymcc
    Could it be a plane that has a second smaller cabin that is also economy but usually reserved for frequent flyers? Or it could be a plane change and the graphic hasn't caught up with itself yet.
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