Dane Steele Green

Hate sitting in economy class?  Do you ever wonder what it may be like to fly up front?  Sure, but what are tips and tricks into getting an enormous discount on Business and First Class ticket as well as cracking those sly techniques into getting your tush bumped to the front.  However, first class travel is not always an option.  How then does a traveler fare it out in economy?  Here are some tips into getting the best seat on your next coach class flight.  I’ll divulge some of our top secret tips into the world of upgrades and discount front class flying!

When first class is sold out or your precious elite status did not work out in your favor on your upcoming flight, flying economy class may be your only option.  Don’t fret; there are ways to make your economy class travel experience somewhat of a pleasure.  My first suggestion is to remove the word “bulk head” from your list of preferred airline terms.  Contrary to popular understanding, a bulk head is not a chic seat.  When selecting a bulk head seat in economy class, this means that you have a wall in front of you.  That translates into limited leg room, restrictive recline and armrests that are locked- sticking you right into your ribs for the entire duration of your flight.  Many times, a bulk head is right behind business or first class: you do not want to be that Kween oogling over the first class passengers and their silverware n’ linen luxury on board service.

Emergency exit seats are great, when you can get them.  Many airlines reserve these for their elite passengers or charge an additional fee for these limited and coveted seats.  Remember, recline will be restricted and armrests will stick you once again.  However, leg room is usually ample in emergency exit rows, depending on the airline and aircraft.  How do you know which airline offers what?  There is now a way to decipher which seat on any given flight is best for you: www.Seatguru.com.

This website is considered by me, and many frequent travelers, as the bible to airline seat selection. Seatguru.com offers you the ability to look up most airlines fleet and their seatmaps.  You can also check out to see what type of seats are offered on each aircraft in every class of service.  The website outlines which are “good seats,” “poor seats,” and which seats have “drawbacks.”  The seat maps also outline where the lavatories are and where the galleys are located on each aircraft so you can amplify your seat selection experience.  We love seatguru.com.  One last tip before I let you hunt for your next seat: When selecting a seat and only middle seats are available, keep your seat unassigned.  You never want to lock yourself into a middle seat; space usually opens up at the airport.  Live Your Indulgence, in any class of service.

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