12 Secrets for Getting the Most Comfortable Airline Seat

Paying an extra fee is not always necessary


Air travel is not what it used to be – many of the perks passengers were getting have been removed in order to keep rates low; hence, the rise of budget airlines. Hidden fees are almost inevitable. It’s not uncommon for airlines to tack on a few hundred extra dollars for luggage, carry-ons and more.[slideshow:96750]

A comfortable seat doesn’t have to fall in this category. Spend the money you could save on travel to treat yourself to a nice dinner or a relaxing massage at your destination. After all, you’re on vacation.

One in five premium fliers say uncomfortable seats would be a “deal-breaker,” a study that reveals the worst things about flying according to passengers, says. Seat comfort is “poor” at best. Nearly half of respondents (49 percent) don’t mind switching seats if someone asks. One in five passengers has actually switched airline carriers because of bad experiences.

Economy class seats are changing due to airlines’ effort to save money and fuel. They are thinner and less padded because that way there is going to be room for more seats, thus more passengers, and consequently more revenue. A lot of people feel they have no choice but to book a seat in Business class in order to save themselves a lot of pain later.

“Getting a good seat on a plane these days can vary from simple to expensive but with a little research you can be more comfortable [for] cheaper,” Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit every country, says. You can pay a little bit of money to reserve the seat you want or you can learn a few tricks.

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