Traveling as a couple can sure be a pain sometimes. Two passengers mean twice the opportunity to get held up at check-in, security, or at the gate. And it doesn’t get much better once you’re on the plane either.
With airlines trying to squeeze every last penny out of customers by squeezing ever more of us onto each flight, the space in each seat leaves much to be desired.
Whether to attend weddings, work, or reset with some much needed adventuring, my fiancée and I are no strangers to the cramped confines of an airplane.
One way we’ve discovered to make the not-so-friendly skies a little bit easier is by using what I call the Ghost Seat trick.
When buying tickets online, most airlines allow you to choose your seat ahead of time — taking either an aisle, middle, or window seat.
When buying tickets as a couple, your natural instinct might be toward companionship, leading you to book two seats next to each other — either an aisle-middle seat combo or middle-window.
Resist this temptation! Instead take the counter-intuitive steps of finding an empty row, and booking the aisle and window seats.
If the flight never fills up, you’ll likely be rewarded with a whole row for the two of you to share.
And in the worst case scenario, if someone is forced to buy the middle seat between you, then certainly that person would be rational enough to trade for either your aisle or window seats. In other words, there’s almost no risk that you’ll be apart from your significant other for the whole flight.
Airlines have gotten better at filling up those empty seats, but the Ghost Seat trick can still work.
And when it doesn’t work? Each time, we have really made a stranger’s day by giving them the more comfortable aisle or window seat. And in the end, isn’t getting to put a smile on someone else’s face the real hot tip?
Be good to each other out there, friends; we’re all we’ve got. Have a nice week!