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One Passenger Buying TWO Seats - Extra Space?  
User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1423 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

We all know how close-quartered most economy class seating is, and to top it off, many flights are full these days, leaving little chance of moving about or having a vacant seat next to you. The question is: suppose airline X offers a low economy fare on a long haul and you're dying to have some extra room, but you know the flight will be packed. Will the airline allow one individual to buy up two seats, even if he doesn't qualify as obese? Seems to me that having a pair of economy class seats (window and aisle) to oneself would be decent, especially on 777 or A340 long hauls. You wouldn't have as much legroom as a sleeper seat, but the width would be decent, and might come at a fraction of the cost of buying C class. Is there a regulation that forbids this, should a passenger want to book it?

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User currently offlineAirzim From Zimbabwe, joined Jun 2001, 1405 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3015 times:

I knew a guy that used to by 4 econ seats on the BA 747 rather than buy a first class ticket, and sleep from HKG to LHR.

User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

Yes, this is possible. A passenger that wants to do this will simply have "extra seat" noted on the additional boarding pass (es).

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2970 times:

Makes no odds to the airline, as long as they get paid for each seat. I'm sure they'd let you hire the whole aircraft for the right money.

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3081 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

That's a good idea. Just tell them you are fat and need the extra seat even if you aren't.

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15352 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2962 times:
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As long as you're willing to pay for it, there's nothing that prevents a customer from purchasing one or more extra "comfort seats." The customer is also (usually, depending on route, place of issue, etc) exempt from additional taxes on the extra tickets.

The PNR is typically set up with any extra tickets showing the customer's last name, plus a designator for the extra seat(s):



Keep in mind that it is the policy of most air carriers that customers occupying more than one seat are not considered qualified candidates to be seated in an emergency exit row.

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User currently offlineSpaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2909 times:

Suppose the flight is full, your seats are not together which happens quite often, buying two seats wouldn't do you much good.

User currently offlineSpotterboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

Well, but before i'd buy TWO seats in eco (I'd only fly Y on short-medium haul) i'll prefer one business seat. There you've got more legroom as in economy and will get better service and better entertainment than in economy.

But everyone on his tour...

User currently offlineJj From Algeria, joined Jun 2001, 1227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

And if you buy 2 seats,can you get the double of meals? IE: 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, etc.

User currently offlineAdh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

Last year, I flew from FRA to DFW. There was a couple in front me that purchased four seats to share between them. The only problem they encountered was from a gentleman who want to swap seats. (He was trying to avoid an extremely obese gentleman who was sitting next to him.) They had to continually explain that they paid for all four seats and had no intention of allowing someone else to sit in them (fair enough). The flight attendant finally put the seat swapper in his place, literally and figuratively, before take off.

It would seem to me that airline is obligated to put your two, three, or four seats together or they would have to provide you a refund for the extra seats. (I have this on no authority, it just is common sense (but when did that occur in the airline industry), please don't flame me.) Also, be prepared to defend your turf from seat swappers on a particularly full flight.

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1325 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

There was a gentleman, who was the largest individual share holder in Eastern Airlines; on Friday afternoon he would fly LGA-MIA and return late Monday morning. If he was in a good mood, he would buy 2 first class seats in the 727 (one for him and one for his assistant); if he was in a bad mood, he would reserve the whole cabin (12 seats, if I remember correctly). He stated (I heard this from him) that he told Frank Borman that he did not want a wide-body on the trips he used regularly. These were the only flights between LGA and MIA that were narrow bodies.
He also would have a catered meal brought on board just before departure and he always had enough for him, his assistant, the flight crew, and the cabin crew. The trip I met him on, I was jump seating back to MIA and "Boy" was that fresh baked New York style cheese cake good!! Mr. "C" was quite a character!!

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5519 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2731 times:

You know...I've never given that thought before, but that's a really good idea. Long haul on a 777 with 2-5-2 seating...get the 2 seats to yourself...would that mean you get 2 things of food/drinks?  Big grin

User currently offlineStaggerwing From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 95 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

Sometimes it will also get you upgraded to first class. A few years back, a group of us were flying STL-HNL and each of us had purchased a second ticket. For some reason, the flight was badly overbooked in coach but had plenty of first class open. So, they moved everyone who had purchased a second seat up to first class. Between my group and others they must have freed up 30 coach seats.

User currently offlineCrazyboi From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 8 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

It's a little odd, but I sometimes have to buy an extra seat for my 'Cello. It lives in a hard case, but it's still much too fragile to travel down below in the cargo hold. So I have to strap it into a seat (it's the ultimate projectile, I know) and I always feel a little bad for the person sitting next to it. The airlines sometimes give me flack, but I'm not about to let them handle my $6K baby.

This is the time. And this is the record of the time.
User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 8 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

Crazyboi, you're not Yo-Yo Ma are you? My dad has a CD entitled 'Travels With My Cello', and the cover shows him sitting in a 747 cabin, First Class seats, just as you described, with the cello buckled in next to him. After some research I was able to tell my dad that it was a BA 747 cabin, at which point he began to think that son needs to get a life  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.
Some while back I read about a priest who travels with an icon (statue of the Virgin Mary) who gets her own seat. Not sure what happens in the event of a stigmata!

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