seat assignments

Few topics stir up airline passengers like seat assignments. The days of “first-come, first-served” are long gone, as the best seats
generally go to frequent fliers or those who have paid extra. Of course this doesn’t stop some passengers for pleading their case at the gate or with fellow travelers.

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Seat assignments, even when family travel is not involved, are often the most important factors in making or breaking a trip. On a short flight it may not matter, but spending several hours in discomfort is no fun for anyone. Here are six to insure you get the seat you want.

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Should gate agents prioritize families over other travelers who booked earlier and couldn’t get good seats? For that matter, what about couples who want to sit together? Or, friends? Or, business partners?

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Recently, United Airlines has been changing seat assignments a day or so before the flight on the same plane with no change of equipment, only some kind of computer slight-of-hand. When seat assignments are purchased or part of a passenger/airline agreement they need to be handled as more than a courtesy

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Planning ahead for summer travel makes sense, but before heading to the airport, check out these four suggestions to make sure you aren’t faced with glitches from changes to your early-bird reservations.

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At some point not too far in the future, we may have a generation of air travelers who won’t even remember the days of free food and checked bags on airplanes. Today, even most longtime travelers are now used to paying for nearly everything that might remotely be considered an extra frill from legroom to […]

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For many travelers, seat assignments are one of the most important parts of a trip. This varies from the very frequent travelers who have “their” seats (I actually once had someone on a plane ask if I would switch since I was in his favorite), to more relaxed fliers who nonetheless cannot imagine flying without being in a window or aisle seat.

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How you approach this crazy season not only might help keep your stress level down, it may also increase your chances of getting what you want.

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Much is made this time of year of the dangers of procrastinating in booking holiday travel. Admittedly, it’s definitely easier and almost always cheaper to start early. But that doesn’t mean early bookers avoid all reservation issues.

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In a perfect world, there would be comfortable aisle or window seats for everyone. But realistically in economy class that’s not going to happen.

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