The Best Seat for a Long Haul Flight

You don’t always have to be flying in first class to be comfortable on a long haul flight. Sure it helps being in the lap of luxury but if it’s not in your budget to fork out a fortune for an airline seat then being in the know when it comes to the best seats in coach class is of definite value.
Here are a few rules you can live by that will ensure you’ll always claim the best seat for a long haul flight.

Best Seat Long Haul Flight

This Singapore Airlines Business Class seat looks just fine

Which seat to reserve?

Even though you’re all flying economy, and you may have paid the same price for the ticket, doesn’t mean all the seats are the same in terms of comfort. Window seats are generally better if you’re not into the inflight entertainment and you just want to sleep. The aisle and exit row seats are gold if you’re tall and you need more legroom.

Although some travellers will disagree, I don’t go for the seat near the lavatories. It always seems as if these areas are a meeting place for fellow passengers and cabin crew and I always battle to sleep when I’m seated in this area.

Reserve your seat early

Remember that if you check-in online you can choose your seat. Some airlines even allow you to choose your seat when you book your flights. If all else fails then get to the airport early so you can check-in sans hassle and reserve your seat. Bear in mind that many people are using online check in services nowadays so leaving it until you’re at the airport probably isn’t the best idea.

Thanks Toby Simkin for the image on Flickr

Our Readers Comments

  1. Made online booking yesterday Ref ZA02780935 and want to reserve my two seats on line- how can I do this from my phone which has the Travel Start App?

    • Hi Cherry,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’ve called up your booking and see you are traveling on Qantas. They charge additional for seating.

      For this you would need to contact them and purchase seating direct with them. They will take payment over the phone.

      Their contact number is: 021 427 3128 they would be able to assist accordingly. Alternatively you can try secure seats 24 hours prior to departure if the airline permits this or at check-in.

  2. Booked our tickets in January 2017 – O R Tambo to London Heathrow on 28 July on BA 56 and return from London Heathrow to O. R. Tambo on 16 September 2017 on BA 57. We would like to book a window seat and one next to it for both flights. How do we go about this.?

    • Hi Wendy,

      Thank you for taking my call earlier.

      BA usually charges for seating however they have assisted with the following seating request as wheelchair assistance has been requested by yourself.

      OR Tambo – London Heathrow – 27A and 27B
      London Heathrow – OR Tambo – 34A and 34B

      Please note that while this is a confirmed request,
      the airline does not guarantee the seating e.g. due to short notice aircraft changes.

      If you have any other questions please feel free to contact our Guest Team on: urgent@travelstart.com they monitor this inbox 7 days a week.

      Have a safe flight.

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