Seatguru

by Jane on February 5, 2010

Does everyone already know this tip, or am I about to improve your lives?

Seat Guru shows airplane seating charts, specific to your airline and plane, color-coded for good and bad seats.  It’s prevented me from selecting ‘exit row’ seats that don’t recline or business class by the lavatory, and it’s found me the comfiest seat home after a long observing run.

For example, here’s the seating chart of American 767-300, my plane from Santiago Chile to Dallas.  My travel agent had given me seat 12H, which is flagged as red.  I swapped to a green seat.  When you’re trying to catch up on sleep on an observing run, every bit helps.  (Yawn.)

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1 Henry Roe February 6, 2010 at 6:51 am

I too use seatguru regularly, but: It’s not always accurate (and when I’ve submitted suggestions they haven’t made changes). Some of their reasons for flagging a particular seat as “red” or “green” are really just personal preferences that you may or may not agree with.

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2 fotoeins February 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm

See also SeatExpert.

RE: AA DFW to/from SCL, B763 (Boeing 767-300, 3-class config):
The “mini-cabin” in economy just behind business, i.e., rows 10-13 inclusive, is not a bad area to be on the plane. However, seats in row 13 don’t recline fully, with the bulkhead behind, and folks will congregate in the area for the lavatories behind. Seats in row 10 are a little better, do recline, have a little more legroom, but there’s no below-the-seat storage and the seat dividers do not lift, which are problematic, of course, for those who want to stretch across empty seats for sleep. IME, seats in row 10 are usually “blocked” (especially for couples with babies or young children), and can be held by gate agents until boarding/departure.

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3 Kelle February 10, 2010 at 10:45 am

I check SeatGuru for every flight. I agree with Henry though, many times they flag bulkhead as “red” because of reduced legroom but those are usually just right for me to put my feet up and wedge myself into a very comfortable recline.

The major thing that I’m looking for on SeatGuru is in-seat power. I have one of these nifty Airline Adapters and I want to be sure I get a seat where I can use it.

One note about the airline adapter: I superglued the two bits together because 1) I lost the end once after almost losing it several times and 2) I rarely fly on planes that use the other type of plug.

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