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8 Ways To Ensure Your Group Sits Together On Your Next Flight

If your connected to social media then I’m sure that you have read recent horror stories that people have experienced when flying.  For example, the father who was forced to pay the airline extra money to ensure that he would be able to sit next to his 4-year old child or try his luck asking the gate agent to put them together.  We’d like to think  the airlines would take care of putting families together -especially if small children are involved; however, clearly that’s not the case.


Here are eight tips on how you can ensure your group gets seated together beside upgrading your seats:

  • The most obvious plan of attack is to ask someone to switch with you, which typically is not so hard if you have an aisle seat; however, most won’t give up an end for a middle.  That being said, if you’re trying to sit with your toddler it’s likely someone will take pity.  Up your chances by bringing a small gift in exchange, like a bag of snacks.
  • Book your seats together and monitor them to make sure they haven’t changed.  The sooner you get those seats together, the less likely you’ll end up scrambling to change things later.  If you can’t book seats together, call the airline immediately to get assistance.
  • View From The Wing notes that if you can’t book seats together, have everyone book aisle seats.  These are much easier to trade later on.
  • Another great tactic, if possible, is to book an aisle and a window seat in the same row.  Not only are you almost guaranteed that the passenger who gets stuck in the middle will trade, but you might get lucky and end up with your own row.
  • Airfarewatchdog recommends entering your child’s age into your booking reservation if your child is young, as airlines often make an effort to pair those 12 and younger with parents.
  • ExpertFlyer has a feature called Seat Alerts that lets you search your flight’s seat map and create an alert that will notify you when the seat you want opens up.
  • BoardingArea’s Mommy Points suggests if flying Southwest -which doesn’t give seat assignments -to opt for the $12.50 per person Early Bird Check-In to likely get in the first boarding group.
  • And if all else fails, beg.  If one person says they can’t help, beg another.  Hopefully you’ll find someone who can help.

Don’t forget to stop in at Solidarity before your trip to pick up a TravelMoney® card.  The TravelMoney® is a prepaid reloadable Visa debit card which offers travelers a safe and convenient alternative to travelers’ checks or cash.  Learn more about the TravelMoney® card.

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