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User currently offlineTranceport From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 282 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

In times gone by, it was relatively easy to request bulkhead seats, exit row seats and seats towards the front of the aircraft with relative ease no matter what your frequent flyer status with a given airline. In my travels in the past year or two with some of the U.S. majors I have seen this change, specifically with Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines.

When making online reservations, during the seat selection process these seats are blocked for elite members of those airlines' reward programmes. Although I have no quibbles with this policy, my question is this: Do these seats remain out of bounds for us as infrequent travelers, or does an early check-in at your departure airport increase the chances of acquiring any of these types of seats upon request if they are available?



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User currently offlineMicstatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 777 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

I've had no problems getting delta exit row/bulkhead seats. But I know there are airlines that do block these

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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

Usually these can be had at the airport, just check in early and be nice....


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User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

Alaska airlines always gives me an exit row seat. I show up three hours early and request it, and I always get a window exit row seat, and usually the other seats in the row next to me are empty. Man...exit row seats...that's flying comfortably in coach for sure! You can stretch your legs ALL the way out!


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User currently offlineAA777MIA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 686 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2412 times:

You can obtain them at the airport day of departure. I have had no probs if they were available and that is as a non-rev... I just check in on the KIOSK and boom..

User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

United also blocks off those seats...usually their last row of "Economy Plus" seats are the exit row seats...


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User currently offlineAmerica West From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

I've never had a problem getting an exit row seat on Delta, or even one that has been "blocked" for elite members. I've never had to show up early to get one either. I just get on delta.com, look up my flights, view the seats, and see if there is an exit seat available. If there is, I just call their 1-800 number and ask for it. Its worked for me each time.

Continental will also be in part of my travel plans. I called them to request an exit row seat and had no luck. The agent told me to arrive early at my origin airport in order to be assigned one, so that's what I plan to do. Hopefully I get one.


User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1060 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

I always thought that they were not allowed to assign exit row seats until the day of the flight so that the agent can confirm that in an emergency you are physically capable of operating the emergency exit and assisting the crew? What would happen if somebody not capable got those seats and wasn't told they couldn't sit there until they were already on the plane? Bigger hassle than its worth in my opinion to assign these seats in advance.

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User currently offlineTranceport From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Dinker225,

I do not know about the policy of other airlines, but there was a time on delta.com during the seat selection process that you were able to assign yourself exit row seats. Since I am not an elite member of SkyMiles, I no longer have that option, but at that time you had to click "yes" or "no" to the standard questions/regulations governing who can sit in an exit row. Although it's not outside the realm of possibility that someone who was not eligible could lie on the questions, it was entirely possible to assign yourself exit row seats far in advance of your flight.


User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2223 times:

On AA.com any elite member can book an exit row. There are no questions asked about if you can handle it untill you are at the gate or onboard.

User currently offlineTekelberry From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1459 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 4 days ago) and read 2175 times:

The easiest way to get the best seat is to check-in online at the earliest time possible.

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