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Old 03-06-2018, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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Cool topic. In fact, I just deliberately decided not to pick my crappy seat choice, because what have I got to lose? I either get that thing anyway, or I get put somewhere better? I'm rolling the dice. Flight is on 3/12. We'll see.

I usually pick my seat as long as there is an aisle somewhere, or if there is a window near the front. Otherwise, let it ride.
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:34 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Cool topic. In fact, I just deliberately decided not to pick my crappy seat choice, because what have I got to lose? I either get that thing anyway, or I get put somewhere better? I'm rolling the dice. Flight is on 3/12. We'll see.

I usually pick my seat as long as there is an aisle somewhere, or if there is a window near the front. Otherwise, let it ride.
You can always ask at the gate if they can find a better seat for you, a reason to get there early to be at the top of the list. Some business travelers can be no shows.

I personally would never trade for a middle seat unless it was a parent/young child situation, I'm an ample enough size & it's potentially uncomfortable for everyone. I remember a 14 hr flight to Tokyo that I had selected a seat months before, always aisle, & after take off a woman asked if I would switch with her window seat behind me. They were a couple who were the last to board, probably last minute upgrades, & he was on the aisle. She looked shocked when I politely said no to being stuck in a window seat for 14 hours as if the thought of refusal had never even been a possibility to them. Plus she could've asked the person next to her to trade aisle for aisle seat. This wasn't a quick flight from CHI to HOU either, they needed to consider that.

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Old 03-12-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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It seems that a few hours before additional seats opened up. Nothing too great but it was 2 aisle seats next to eachother toward the back of the plane so I just booked them so we were @ least together somewhat.


I like knowing I have a seat in fear of getting bumped (not that you can't get bumped if you have one but I think knowing you're like 99% on the flight gives piece of mind)...


I was debating like do we wait & see if the preferred seats are given to us when we check in or do we just book what we can?


Has anyone ever gotten better seats by waiting?
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:45 PM
 
Location: northeast PA
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My husband and I just flew American to Mexico earlier this month. The flights were booked for us by my husband's workplace. Of the 4 flights, 2 did not have seats assigned. When I did the 24 hour check in, it gave the option to choose your seats, or have them assigned after doing the computer check-in. Of course, if I were to choose, the only seats shown as open were a couple bad ones, and some "preferred" seats, that of course were $25-$40 more (each). So I rolled the dice and after I clicked to finish the check-in, found that we were given preferred seats in the 6th row! Charging extra for seats in a better location, or with better leg room, is such a racket. I took a chance and got good seats anyway.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:14 PM
 
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Used to be you could pick a decent seat if you bought in advance. Now they want to sell the better seats.

If it matters buy the better seats. If not, expect that you will be in the middle seat, unless it's a mostly empty flight and you get a chance to move.
Despite the nickel and diming it’s still a lot cheaper to fly nowadays than 30 years ago...

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Old 04-12-2018, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Dfw
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That's so crazy they will separate a young child... unless they didn't know the child's age?
When you add the child, it does say minor, so it should have been noticed
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:57 PM
 
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Despite the nickel and diming itís still a lot cheaper to fly nowadays than 30 years ago...
And far less pleasant. To the point that given a choice between a 500-mile drive or an airline flight to the same place, I now choose the drive.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:59 PM
 
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Not having a confirmed seat at check-in, provided you followed the check in timing, does not increase your risk of bumping. Bumps are done in order of ticket price and airline status. A cheap ticket for a person with no status on an oversold flight is asking for a delay.
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Old 04-16-2018, 02:35 PM
 
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We just came back from Orlando. We hit a storm on the way down there, so we missed our connection flight. We got 7 people, 4 kids under 7 years old. We got put into 2, 2, 2, and 1. Not AA's fault. But it sucks cuz I had all the seat assigned nicely when I bought it back in Nov.

On the side note, they don't do family boarding first? I thought they used to board people needs more time.
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