Flight seat selection is an important part of flying for many travellers, particularly when many airlines now charge passengers who choose to pick their seat. While some passengers prefer the option of a window seat to take in the views, others may opt for an aisle seat in case they want to get up and move around.
However, it seems the type of journey passengers are taking largely determines which seat they hope to get their hands on.
While holidaymakers may have a different preference, it seems frequent fliers all have their eyes on one seat in particular – especially when it comes to those long-haul flights.
According to lifestyle and travel expert Nelson Wang, experienced travellers tend to opt for the aisle seat.
She explains: “You don’t have to hop over anyone to use the restroom and you can stretch out your legs in the aisle to get a good sleep.
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“Yes, you might get clobbered a few times during meal and drink service, but it’s so worth it.”
The aisle seat is particular good for long-haul travel in order to ensure you get in those recommended steps.
In fact, to maintain good health and circulation health experts recommend strolling the aisles once an hour.
Health profession Gordan Guyatt M.D explained to Condé Nast Traveller: “Most people are averse to saying, ‘Could you please let me out?’ So we tend to sit longer when we’re by the window seat.”
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Despite this, it seems the window seat is the favourite spot for those jetting off on vacations.
Last summer, ahead of its demise, Thomas Cook surveyed 2,000 of its customers to find out where they prefer to sit.
A total of 61 percent favoured it when flying while a third, or 31 percent, said the aisle seat was their preferred choice.
Meanwhile, two percent said that they liked the middle seat.
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Additionally, 83 percent of those who picked the window seat did so for the incredible views that can be enjoyed on the flight.
However, experts from The Points Guy UK point out that seat selection can come at a considerable price.
For those unsure of whether paying the fee is worth it, the experts suggest “taking into account the airline, route, the class of travel, the time and length of flight, travel companions and any other personal factors that could affect your seat choice”.
Nicky Kelvin, content director from The Points Guy UK, spoke with Express.co.uk to share his top tips on how to determine whether the spend is right for you.
The best way to do this is to figure out how much a seat is going to cost you, he said.
“Seat selection fees can run from as low as about £1.50 per seat on a short-haul route with a low-cost carrier like Ryanair to £50 for an exit row pick on a long-haul route with Air India for example to more than £80 for preferred or premium seats on international routes with carriers like American Airlines,” explained Nicky.
He also suggested doing some research and thinking about your inflight needs ahead of the journey.
“Deciding where it is you want to sit isn’t always an exact science,” he continued. “You could be a die-hard window seat person, more maybe you really only like to have the window on red-eye flights when you prefer to sleep and otherwise prefer the aisle. If you’re flying a route you know has turbulence, maybe you’d prefer to sit over the wing.
“Or, if you have a short layover, you may want to sit closer to the front to deplane first.
“And, if you’re flying with a group, you’ll have to consider not only your needs but your family’s or travelling companions preferences too.”