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Flying and shoe-horned into seats.....

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Very interesting "freshman" post at Consumerist today about getting shafted with the middle seat.

As we expense account warriors know the only solution is:

1> Get that VP promotion and fly first;

2> Concentrate your flying on one airline and get status;

3> Printout your confirmation of a good seat made seven months ago when you learned that Aunt Maude and Uncle Claude were celebrating their 50th. Then make a fuss when your bulkhead aisle seat is the middle seat in back between the potty and the engine.

Best of all worlds: fly business class on BA. :-0


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  • At 7:49 PM, Blogger ExpenseJedi said…

    I once did a flight from ANC - ORD on United in a middle seat. A couple had the seats to either side of me, and they were both easily 350 pounds. Needless to say, there wasn't much room.

    In general, stick with one airline and get status so you can ride in front or at least get preferred seating. I suspect that a lot of people get bumped from their preferred seat because some algorithm is giving the good seats to the uber-level frequent flyers that didn't get their upgrade.

    Why can't the airlines have a child area? Or at least ban screaming babies from first class? I'm really surprised at the number of parents that bring their infants along in front. Geez, I'm trying to watch a movie...

  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger ExpenseJedi said…

    Saw a funny comment over on FlyerTalk. Suggested to a couple that wanted to fly together but had far away seats:

    Show up at her seat with an air sickness bag and hand it to her and say "Here honey, this is an extra. Keep it handy, you know what always happens when you fly." Then look at her seat mate and ask if they'd like to switch seats with you.

  • At 11:06 PM, Blogger BoonDoggie said…

    Okey dokey, a friend of mine used to put his gorp (remember that from the 80's?) in the airsickness bag and eat from it.

    Reduces conversation.


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