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SeatGuru for Airplane Fanatics
If you’re one of those people who knows the model of airplane you’re flying, we’ve got something special for you. Everyone else who flies, take notice.
What is SeatGuru?
SeatGuru allows you to put your flight information into a handy search box, and gives you advice for seating on the particular aircraft you will be flying on. Not only that, but you can see things such as seating maps, seat reviews, which seats have the most legroom, and which to avoid. For example, you may want to avoid seats close to the toilets as there will be a lot of foot traffic, or seats that are unable to recline.
How to Use SeatGuru
When you start the app, you’re given three options:
1) Find a Flight Seatmap
2) Search for Flights
3) Find Flight Status
What we’re interested in is the seatmaps. I’m sure the flight search and flight status are fantastic (and run by parent company Expedia), but other apps handle those all the time. No big deal.
For seat advice, you can search by Flight #, Route, or the Airline itself. I have a flight coming up on Etihad Airlines so I checked it out.
So here is the aircraft. Notice the red, yellow, and green coloured seats? You can click them for more information. As you would suspect, green seats have some advantages, yellow are worth watching out for, and red are best avoided.
In the case of the yellow seats above, it notes that because the row directly in front is 4 seats wide instead of three, the seat anchors may be in the way of your legs. Also, the tray tables and screens are in the armrests instead of the seats in front of you, which may be an inconvenience.
The red seats (here in the back row) are a double whammy of bad news. They may have limited reclining ability, and they are right next to the washrooms. That means that while you’re trying to catch some shut-eye, there will be others pacing down the aisles beside you trying their best to hold it in while they wait their turn to use the lavatory.
Finally, the info screen provides some extra information about the plane and its extras. In the case of the Airbus A330-200 on Etihad, business class gets your nearly 90 degrees of seat pitch, while economy gets you 33 degrees or less. That’s where your hard earned cash (or points) are going to!
Why Use SeatGuru?
If you are an avid flier, SeatGuru can be invaluable. The difference between a good flight and a bad flight can often be in the details, and if you can avoid the problem seats beforehand, chances are that you’ll have a better flight.
Now if only they had a feature to tell you where the kids that kick the back of your seat will be sitting so you can avoid them like the plague…
Are you choosy about where you sit on flights? Are you an Aisle or window person? Do you pay extra for the exit rows?