by Brenda MurrayOn overnight flights I always choose a window seat so that I have something to lean on (that is not a stranger's shoulder) when I'm trying to get a few hours of sleep. And I also enjoy the window seat in the day--how wonderful to fly over the Alps or your favourite city!
If the window seat is your preference I advise you to pay special attention when selecting your window seat because sometimes the "window seat" has no window! Has this ever happened to you?
Sometimes this space on a plane is needed to fit in everything from thick looms of avionics cables to air-conditioning ducting. Ok fair enough. Here are a few tips on how to avoid getting stuck with this seat:
- Select your seat in advance: When booking your ticket, many transportation providers allow you to choose your seat. Take advantage of this option to select a seat with a window.
- Use seat selection tools: Some booking platforms and airline websites provide seat maps during the booking process. Use these maps to choose a seat with a window.
- Check-in early: If you couldn't select a seat during the booking process, make sure to check in as early as possible. This will increase your chances of having a wider selection of available seats, including those with a window.
- Ask during check-in: If you weren't able to select a window seat online, inquire about it when you check in at the counter. The staff may be able to accommodate your request based on availability.
- Join a loyalty program: Some transportation providers offer preferred seating options for members of their loyalty programs. Consider joining these programs to access perks like preferred seating.
- Consider an upgrade: Some transportation providers offer upgrades to premium or business class, which often come with better seat options, including window seats. This may be worth considering if the cost difference is within your budget.