A lot goes into booking a flight, from making sure you get the best price available to keeping your luggage under the airline's weight limit.
Yet, just as important is where you are seated because that can make or break your flight experience, and you don't want to get stuck on a flight for hours with a terrible seat - especially the dreaded middle seat.
That's why I'll show you a few helpful tricks you can use to ensure you get the absolute best seat possible.
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There are helpful apps and websites that you can use to view available seats on a particular flight. People who have previously flown on the plane you're looking at can rate their overall flight experience, including how good or bad their seat was.
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My personal favorites are the website SeatGuru and the app Seat Alerts, which is available for Apple devices. SeatGuru gives you seat reviews to learn which are the worst to avoid. Seat Alerts will notify you when a better seat becomes available on an upcoming flight. Here's how they work.
Another seat source called Seat Alerts will send you a notification when a better seat becomes available.
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When you see a seat on the map with a white X through it, that means the airline is blocking that seat. In many cases, blocked seats that remain unassigned on the day of departure can become accessible for some passengers. It never hurts to ask the gate agent if they are willing to give you that seat if it improves your location on the plane and is still available when you get to the gate.
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ExpertFlyer can show how many seat upgrades are available. Often, U.S. domestic carriers hold off releasing complimentary upgrades that come along with status until near departure time.
When trying for an upgrade, I use ExpertFlyer.com to look at the flight loads and for aircraft with ample room up front at the time I purchase a ticket. I at least stand a better chance at an upgrade knowing there are unsold premium seats.
Either way, enjoy your flight in the best way you can while seated in the best row possible.
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