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If you’re like me, you hate sitting in a middle seat in economy. OK, in the spirit of full disclosure, I despise sitting in economy in general, but sometimes it’s just the way it works out.

One way to ensure that you always have your beloved aisle or window is to proactively check your aircraft seat map before you check in. You really need to get into the habit of pre-reserving the best seat possible as soon you’ve finalized your reservation. The tool I always use to help with this is


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Here’s how it works… After you’ve made your reservation, select the option to pre-reserve your seat. If you don’t have elite status with the airline, the seat reservation might cost you a few dollars, but in our opinion it’s ALWAYS worth it. Go to SeatGuru, enter your flight details, and the seat map for the type of plane the airline is operating that day will show up. Then go to your reservation in the airline’s website and cross-reference the available seats with the seat-map guide at SeatGuru. This might seem confusing, but once you’ve done it a few times, it’s pretty easy.

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This way you’ll always get the best seat possible, and remember, if you show up at the airport for a full flight with no seat assignment, you risk getting bumped.

A little advance planning for your summer travel will pay off in a big way in ensuring more comfortable travel. Still confused, send us an email and we’ll explain.