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WN Boarding - Am I Missing Something?  
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 5008 times:

DISCLAIMER - This thread is about boarding practices for WN. I am NOT trying the criticize the airline in general, I am only talking about their boarding process, nothing else. Thank you.

As we all know, WN is one of the few (only?) airlines in the US that does not assign seats. Most people who fly WN prefer not having a seat assignment, which is why WN continues this practice. Also, most WN flyers say that their boarding process is preferable to other methods, more economical, and more efficient.

Let me describe my recent WN experience:

I was flying them a few weeks ago PDX-RNO with the family. Naturally, everyone wanted to be checked in at the 24-hour mark for a better chance at an A-slot. Flight was at 11:30 AM Friday morning, clicked "Check-In Online" button at 11:30 AM on Thursday morning. Website says "Online check-in is only available 24 hours before flight departure." So I wait a few more seconds, then try again. This time, the transaction goes though and we are assigned A46-A49. Strange, did 45 people really check in during the 15 or-so seconds that I waited?   

Question, why will WN assign you a place in line when they won't assign you a seat? To me, it feels like it defeats their purpose of having open seating. If they are going to assign you something, it might as well be a seat, IMO.

Another common exaggeration that I hear is that the WN boarding method eliminates "gate lice" - i.e, people who try to board before their group is called. Well, on both our outbound and return flights, there were some pretty serious crowds of people lingering around the boarding queue as soon as A1-30 is called. Some of these people were even assigned in groups B and C. No matter what an airline's boarding system is, there will always... ALWAYS be people who want to try to cut in line and board first. WN's system isn't foolproof, it isn't perfect, and it isn't ideal, in the exact same way UA, or AA, or DL, etc don't have the "perfect" system.

People also say that WN boarding makes more sense and everyone understands it. As for making more sense, like I said earlier, how does assigning spots in line but not on the aircraft "make more sense?" Furthermore, WN flyers say that the WN process is the best because it isn't confusing, everyone understands it, and everyone knows when their turn is. Once again, there were plenty of people on my flights who didn't understand the system at all and were STILL trying to board early, before their group was called. Of course, the agents always announce "If you are assigned group B or group C, please remain seated." But the agents still had to even halt people in line who were trying to board before their group was called.

So overall - Am I missing something?

Finally, I am not discouraging anyone from flying WN. By all means, fly the airline you love! Flying WN works great for many people, for others it does not, for others it doesn't matter.

My hope is that this thread doesn't turn to a flame war. Let's all act like adults and get along. I feel that I am being civilized in my post above, so I ask the same of you in your responses.

Let me repeat my disclaimer one last time:
This thread is about boarding practices for WN. I am NOT trying the criticize the airline in general, I am only talking about their boarding process, nothing else.

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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22303 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

You seem to really like these threads . . . Southwest Airlines Boarding Advice (by alnessw Aug 11 2010 in Aviation Polls)

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
his time, the transaction goes though and we are assigned A46-A49. Strange, did 45 people really check in during the 15 or-so seconds that I waited?

Remember that non-business select boarding starts at A16 regardless of the number of business select passengers. Then, it's elites, followed by those who bought early bird, followed by everyone else. High 40s at 24 hours before is probably about average.

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
To me, it feels like it defeats their purpose of having open seating. If they are going to assign you something, it might as well be a seat, IMO.

What's the superior alternative? A free for all?

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
Of course, the agents always announce "If you are assigned group B or group C, please remain seated." But the agents still had to even halt people in line who were trying to board before their group was called.

Depends on the station and the flight. On a flight like BNA-BWI, most have flown WN before and it goes smoothly. On BDL-PBI, maybe not so much. But that's true on any airline. We can expect more familiarity with the DL boarding process on DTW-MKE than on SCL-ATL.

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
Well, on both our outbound and return flights, there were some pretty serious crowds of people lingering around the boarding queue as soon as A1-30 is called. Some of these people were even assigned in groups B and C.

YMMV, but I definitely notice more butts in the seats when boarding begins and fewer people around the podium on WN.



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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4990 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 1):
Remember that non-business select boarding starts at A16 regardless of the number of business select passengers. Then, it's elites, followed by those who bought early bird, followed by everyone else. High 40s at 24 hours before is probably about average.

Interesting to know, thank you for sharing.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 1):
What's the superior alternative? A free for all?

Well WN did that before and didn't exactly work...

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 1):
Depends on the station and the flight. On a flight like BNA-BWI, most have flown WN before and it goes smoothly. On BDL-PBI, maybe not so much. But that's true on any airline. We can expect more familiarity with the DL boarding process on DTW-MKE than on SCL-ATL.

That makes sense and you are right about that being true of any airline.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 1):
YMMV, but I definitely notice more butts in the seats when boarding begins and fewer people around the podium on WN.

Perhaps that too may depend on the station?


User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 599 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4990 times:

Hey Buddy,
As I understand it, the first 15+ slots in the A group are "held or assigned" to Business Select passengers, followed by those who reserve the "Early Bird" option. I also understand the Early Bird assignment is based on HOW FAR OUT you request and pay for this option so the closer in you select EB the high boarding number you'll receive. So, you ended up with A seats but not because 45 others beat you by nano-seconds to OLCI.
We know there are too many bird-brains out there who don't take the time to learn the process or think they're going to find a way to beat the system. I do fly WN, and opt in many cases to purchase EB because I may not have access to OLCI at the magic moment of OLCI. I've only ended up with B seats in the worst scenario and that was before the EB option.
My agency books WN a lot to FLL for cruise passengers and we suggest the EB option particularly on the return segment as they won't have easy access to a computer and OLCI on a ship in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico the day before. They still fuss about the $20 (that's 2 umbrella drinks on the ship!) but would complain if they wait until airport check-in and ended up in the C group. Would you care for some "whine" with your dinner?"
Also consider WN is handling pre-boards so overall they do a good job in the boarding process and getting the plane prepped to depart on time. Although I spend the majority of my flying time on DL.....and they are my preferred airline for business and pleasure....the typical DL boarding process can be a painful clusterf*#k.
My favorite WN boarding scenario on a flight last year from TPA. A couple held A25-26 and nervously paced and squirmed to board. The woman in particular was getting stressed out to be exactly in their spot to get on board. They were directly in front of me, me being A27. As they stepped up to the agent, they mistakenly handed the agent the boarding flight from their originating flight. As the woman scrambled to find the correct boarding passes in her purse, the agent motioned for me and others behind me to board. The woman screamed "Oh My God, they're getting on board before us!" I was seated when this happy couple finally boarded.......and with ROWS OF EMPTY SEATS, they sat down in row 9.......which has no window........and sat in 9B and 9C. I am sure the poor sap in 9A was delighted to have those fun seatmates for a 2 hour+ plus flight....with the Mrs. in 9B huffing and puffing about WN's boarding call.
It takes all kinds.



watch what you want. you may get it.
User currently offlinealggag From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4990 times:

As cubs points out, A40-A60 is roughly average for the general passenger who isn't auto checked in via their A-List status or Early Bird purchase. Also, any connecting passengers connecting onto that flight are likely to have better positions since checking in for their original flight will, by default, check them in for your flight before you can check in for it.

Now, I'm NOT trying to make this flame fest as you requested but in my experience walking through terminals that WN shares with other airlines I can tell when I walk in front of another airline's gate without even looking up as there is usually a big wad of people spilling out in the corridor outside of their immediate gate area forcing me to find a way around them.

For what it's worth, I'm a WN flyer but am neutral on open seating. I tend to roll my eyes a bit at both the detractors who make it sound like such a horrible, life scarring experience just as I roll my eyes at people who say it's the greatest thing ever.


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22303 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 4987 times:

Quoting alggag (Reply 4):
I'm a WN flyer but am neutral on open seating. I tend to roll my eyes a bit at both the detractors who make it sound like such a horrible, life scarring experience just as I roll my eyes at people who say it's the greatest thing ever.

If we're honest, I think that's where a lot of frequent WN fliers are on open seating Do I think it speeds up boarding? Yes, marginally, but it also tends to bring out a really nasty side of some people.



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4976 times:

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 3):
Hey Buddy,
As I understand it, the first 15+ slots in the A group are "held or assigned" to Business Select passengers, followed by those who reserve the "Early Bird" option. I also understand the Early Bird assignment is based on HOW FAR OUT you request and pay for this option so the closer in you select EB the high boarding number you'll receive. So, you ended up with A seats but not because 45 others beat you by nano-seconds to OLCI.

Hi Thomas, thanks for stopping by. I believe you have all of that correct.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 3):
I do fly WN, and opt in many cases to purchase EB because I may not have access to OLCI at the magic moment of OLCI. I've only ended up with B seats in the worst scenario and that was before the EB option.

Yes, my understanding is that people who check in after the 24-hour mark usually end up in B.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 3):
the typical DL boarding process can be a painful clusterf*#k.

How does DL boarding work, by the way?

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 3):
My favorite WN boarding scenario on a flight last year from TPA. A couple held A25-26 and nervously paced and squirmed to board. (...) with the Mrs. in 9B huffing and puffing about WN's boarding call.
It takes all kinds.

That's funny!  
Quoting alggag (Reply 4):
As cubs points out, A40-A60 is roughly average for the general passenger who isn't auto checked in via their A-List status or Early Bird purchase.

   Yes, that seems to be the case in general.

Quoting alggag (Reply 4):
Also, any connecting passengers connecting onto that flight are likely to have better positions since checking in for their original flight will, by default, check them in for your flight before you can check in for it.

I was not aware of this. Thanks!

Quoting alggag (Reply 4):
Now, I'm NOT trying to make this flame fest as you requested

I appreciate it.  
Quoting alggag (Reply 4):
but in my experience walking through terminals that WN shares with other airlines I can tell when I walk in front of another airline's gate without even looking up as there is usually a big wad of people spilling out in the corridor outside of their immediate gate area forcing me to find a way around them.

Interesting to know. Well, my opinion is that airline boarding ALWAYS creates crowds... no airline has it perfect.

Quoting alggag (Reply 4):
For what it's worth, I'm a WN flyer but am neutral on open seating. I tend to roll my eyes a bit at both the detractors who make it sound like such a horrible, life scarring experience just as I roll my eyes at people who say it's the greatest thing ever.

Thanks for sharing.

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 5):
but it also tends to bring out a really nasty side of some people.

That does seem to be the case.


User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1564 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4975 times:

Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 5):
If we're honest, I think that's where a lot of frequent WN fliers are on open seating Do I think it speeds up boarding? Yes, marginally, but it also tends to bring out a really nasty side of some people.

It's a fantastic sociology experiment repeated ad nauseam! If you're good at it, you can manage to keep an empty seat beside you on all but the odd 100% LF flight. WN regulars (including those posting here, I'm sure) know it's all about selecting the right section of the plane and using the right body language.


User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 871 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4943 times:

Or just cough a lot. Nothing like a faked case of tuberculosis to keep a seat empty!

User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 4908 times:

Quoting steex (Reply 7):
If you're good at it, you can manage to keep an empty seat beside you on all but the odd 100% LF flight. WN regulars (including those posting here, I'm sure) know it's all about selecting the right section of the plane and using the right body language.
Quoting aklrno (Reply 8):
Or just cough a lot. Nothing like a faked case of tuberculosis to keep a seat empty!

That's funny!  


User currently offlineBD338 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 697 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4851 times:

As a frequent WN flyer (80+ segments a year) and a lesser frequent DL flyer (20 or so segments) I get to experience both options. Overall the WN process seems a little smoother, I've found people generaly do queue in roughly the right order, the gate lice do still exist but not in the quantities I see on DL (walking past the DL gates in SLC usually shows a herd of people crowding the gate area as F class is boarding!) but it isn't perfect. It happens occassionally that a family in C group can't sit together and then there is the 'who will move game' I've got a 66% chance of an aisle or window seat on WN without an assignment. I like those odds.

The DL (and other legacies) zone system doesn't really work as intended as they allow so many "pre-boards" e.g those needing more time down the jetway (there's a whole separate thread for people who abuse that option) First Class, Gold/Credit Cardmembers and then...zone 1...so as a silver I can get on in Zone 1 (really zone 4) and find an aircraft half full and have to have people get up so I can get to my assigned seat, which isn't much different to the WN open seating and having people get up to let others in. I've got the same 66% chance (on a 737) of an aisle or window on a legacy, but the legacy might charge me extra for it!

In truth, each to their own. Both models work fantastically well. I think it's more of a psychological thing that some people prefer the 'comfort' of having that assigned 32E than the risk that they somehow won't get a seat.


User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4837 times:

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
Overall the WN process seems a little smoother, I've found people generaly do queue in roughly the right order, the gate lice do still exist but not in the quantities I see on DL (walking past the DL gates in SLC usually shows a herd of people crowding the gate area as F class is boarding!) but it isn't perfect.

Interesting to know. I appreciate you sharing your experiences.

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
It happens occassionally that a family in C group can't sit together and then there is the 'who will move game'

My least favorite game.   

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
The DL (and other legacies) zone system doesn't really work as intended as they allow so many "pre-boards" e.g those needing more time down the jetway

You make a valid point; how are groups assigned on DL after preboards are taken care of? Do they board the aircraft back-to-front?

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
(there's a whole separate thread for people who abuse that option)

   I fail to understand what everyone's great obsession is with "boarding early." (With the obvious exception of WN open seating... of course you would want to board early if you want a good seat.) What really annoys me is when people think their group/zone number doesn't apply to them: "I know my boarding pass says Group 5, but I have special XYZ-premier status, don't I get to board in Group 1?" No dude. If your boarding says Group 5, then that means you're boarding in Group 5.

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
First Class, Gold/Credit Cardmembers and then...zone 1...so as a silver I can get on in Zone 1 (really zone 4)

More reasons why I believe the airline status system is flawed.

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
and find an aircraft half full and have to have people get up so I can get to my assigned seat, which isn't much different to the WN open seating and having people get up to let others in.

That's what I really liked about the original UA boarding process - windows, middles, then aisles. Made so much more sense to me.

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
I've got the same 66% chance (on a 737) of an aisle or window on a legacy, but the legacy might charge me extra for it!

Does DL charge you for an advance seat assignment? I've never experienced that before.

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
In truth, each to their own.

  

Quoting BD338 (Reply 10):
I think it's more of a psychological thing that some people prefer the 'comfort' of having that assigned 32E than the risk that they somehow won't get a seat.

For me, I want a seat assignment as soon as I book the flight.


User currently offlinevatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 919 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4731 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 11):
how are groups assigned on DL after preboards are taken care of? Do they board the aircraft back-to-front?

The last time I flew DL in March, Zone 3 was the entire coach cabin (minus preboards). It was pretty much a madhouse at the gate for a packed 757 to Orlando.


User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4727 times:

Quoting vatveng (Reply 12):
The last time I flew DL in March, Zone 3 was the entire coach cabin (minus preboards). It was pretty much a madhouse at the gate for a packed 757 to Orlando.

That's odd; I could've sworn DL had something like 8 or 9 boarding zones...


User currently offlinesteex From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1564 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 6 days ago) and read 4726 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 13):
That's odd; I could've sworn DL had something like 8 or 9 boarding zones...

If I remember correctly, DL has four numbered boarding zones plus the "premium" zone that goes before Zone 1. The top three tiers of medallion members and the first class cabin board with "premium," then silvers and Delta AmEx cardholders board in Zone 1. In some markets, more than half the plane has boarded before they make it to Zone 2.


User currently offlineSuper80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 6 days ago) and read 4717 times:

Having or not a seat assignment doesn't bother me. After having traveled non-rev for over a year now and rarely getting to choose my own seat at the kiosk, I've learned to be comfortable with whatever seat I get.


"Things change, friends leave, life doesn't stop for anybody." -- EAT'EM UP EAT'EM UP KSU!!
User currently offlinevatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 919 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4681 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 13):
That's odd; I could've sworn DL had something like 8 or 9 boarding zones...

When I flew DL in 2007, they had 9 zones. First/Medallion/other premium pax were Zone 1. Preboards were called before any zones (I heard one agent call it "Zone Zero")

When I flew them this spring, there were only 3 numbered zones on my flights. They may have had four zones technically, but nobody was in zone 4 as far as I could tell. The zones seemed to be "Extra Premium, Premium, Everybody Else".

But back on topic, when I flew Southwest a little less than two years ago, I found the A-B-C process to be very orderly. No shoving, no gate lice, and if anyone was out of order by 2 or 3 positions nobody made a big deal out of it. That said, it was the first week of November and our flights were not full, and we weren't flying to visit Micky & Minnie. And this was before they had rolled out the front-of-the-line upcharge options.


User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

Quoting steex (Reply 14):
If I remember correctly, DL has four numbered boarding zones plus the "premium" zone that goes before Zone 1. The top three tiers of medallion members and the first class cabin board with "premium," then silvers and Delta AmEx cardholders board in Zone 1.

Cool, thanks for clarifying.

Quoting steex (Reply 14):
In some markets, more than half the plane has boarded before they make it to Zone 2.

That does not surprise me with all of this pre-board nonsense.

Quoting Super80DFW (Reply 15):
Having or not a seat assignment doesn't bother me. After having traveled non-rev for over a year now and rarely getting to choose my own seat at the kiosk, I've learned to be comfortable with whatever seat I get.

Ah, so you're one of those.   Now that makes sense, if most of the time you do not have a confirmed seat until moments before departure when a gate agent hands you a seat assignment, of course you'd be used to it.  
Quoting vatveng (Reply 16):
When I flew DL in 2007, they had 9 zones. First/Medallion/other premium pax were Zone 1. Preboards were called before any zones

Same here. Last I flew DL was in... 2009?

Quoting vatveng (Reply 16):
When I flew them this spring, there were only 3 numbered zones on my flights. They may have had four zones technically, but nobody was in zone 4 as far as I could tell. The zones seemed to be "Extra Premium, Premium, Everybody Else".

That does not sound like a very smart system.

Quoting vatveng (Reply 16):
But back on topic, when I flew Southwest a little less than two years ago, I found the A-B-C process to be very orderly. No shoving, no gate lice, and if anyone was out of order by 2 or 3 positions nobody made a big deal out of it.

Hmm, different experiences, I guess.

Quoting vatveng (Reply 16):
And this was before they had rolled out the front-of-the-line upcharge options.

Ah, I see.


User currently offlineGuitrThree From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2031 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4468 times:

My wife and I took a trip from KBNA to POGG in May. I booked via Orbitz and the flight started in Nashville as United but changed in Phoenix to US Air. Got all the boarding passes printed in Nashville. Nashville to Den and Den to PHX all had boarding zones printed. PHX to OGG had missing boarding zones. The connecting flight was close in PHX and they were boarding zone 5 when I walked up and just gave them my boarding pass. I had no idea which zone I was in because it was missing. Felt weird cutting in line but I had no clue. Turns out we boarded 2 classes early. Funny thing, however, in the end, everyone got their assigned seats. And we enjoyed our vacation to Hawaii.


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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4395 times:

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 18):
I booked via Orbitz and the flight started in Nashville as United but changed in Phoenix to US Air. Got all the boarding passes printed in Nashville. Nashville to Den and Den to PHX all had boarding zones printed. PHX to OGG had missing boarding zones.

Why such a complicated itinerary?

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 18):
The connecting flight was close in PHX and they were boarding zone 5 when I walked up and just gave them my boarding pass. I had no idea which zone I was in because it was missing. Felt weird cutting in line but I had no clue.

Couldn't you have gone to the gate agent to check, and ask for new boarding passes with zone numbers?

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 18):
Turns out we boarded 2 classes early.

And no one caught you?

Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 18):
Funny thing, however, in the end, everyone got their assigned seats. And we enjoyed our vacation to Hawaii.

What does that mean? You make the boarding process sound like it's not supposed to matter.


User currently offlinen92r03 From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4205 times:

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 3):
I also understand the Early Bird assignment is based on HOW FAR OUT you request and pay for this option so the closer in you select EB the high boarding number you'll receive.

Yep. Learned this last week as I bought two tix TPA-PVD-TPA about 36 hours before and while each ticket was $700, and I did EB, got A47/A48. Was a waste of money but now I know.

Quoting steex (Reply 7):
If you're good at it, you can manage to keep an empty seat beside you on all but the odd 100% LF flight.

So both outbound and inbound flights were packed. We chose to sit behind the wing "hoping" for the treasured empty center seat. I had the aisle, and when I realized I was going to get stuck with someone sitting there, I waited and a fairly attractive female made eye contact and I politely gave her the aisle seat and moved into the middle seat. Mission somewhat accomplished. On the return trip I pulled the same trick and had a 80 something lady that may have been 100lbs sit next to me. Either way it was better than a 250lb+ male or female spilling into the seat!

F class it was not, but it was non-stop which was worth it in this case.


User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 618 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 20):
and I did EB, got A47/A48. Was a waste of money but now I know.

Sometimes you have to learn from experience.   I once made a similar mistake when I decided to upgrade my UA SFO-PDX flight last summer to Premier Travel for $29. Totally not worth it.

Quoting n92r03 (Reply 20):
So both outbound and inbound flights were packed. We chose to sit behind the wing "hoping" for the treasured empty center seat. I had the aisle, and when I realized I was going to get stuck with someone sitting there, I waited and a fairly attractive female made eye contact and I politely gave her the aisle seat and moved into the middle seat. Mission somewhat accomplished. On the return trip I pulled the same trick and had a 80 something lady that may have been 100lbs sit next to me. Either way it was better than a 250lb+ male or female spilling into the seat!

Yes, there are all sorts of tactics for "trying to get an empty seat next to you."  


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