boots00
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Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:16 pm

Hi All, I know there are sites such as seatguru, seatexpert, etc, but just trying to get some other opinions on the best seats on a WN 737-700 series (Flying them Sunday, MDW-TPA) I've heard mixed reviews about their bulkhead, and where to sit overall.

P.S. : i'll probably have a good boarding number, I signed up for the early-bird check-in (Will probably be an A) Meaning that I will get a pretty decent selection of seats. However, maybe put down an alternative to your first choice? Just a thought. :P

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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:20 pm

I personally like 17A and 17F. Got stuck on 23C on a DAL-MCI flight. That was horrible - the lavatory makes a loud sucking noise whenever someone flushes, and the door makes the loudest whining noise. I got the worst sense of vertigo since I couldn't see the wing or the ground at all out of the window.

I suggest either row 17 or row 7. I like to be able to see the wing, but also see the ground - these are good seats for that purpose.

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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:32 am

If you are traveling with a partner and the bulkheads and exits are taken, go to the back and sit in a window seat and have your partner sit in the aisle. You might have someone sitting in the middle, but if you don't that middle seat is fairly likely to be empty, even on an almost full flight.
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:29 am

Exit row and bulkhead have the most legroom
 
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:11 am

Quoting FX772LRF (Reply 1):
row 7

SeatGuru says 7A is missing a window, but 7F is fine (8F is missing the window).

I just flew on a 73G and 733 in 5A and 6F, respectively, and found both to be fine. You're right in front of the engines so the noise can be a bit loud, and there's a greater chance (usually) that someone will sit in the middle seat. However, you will be one of the first off the plane. The other thing is that if you don't board early, you'll find middle seats available close to the front of the plane, but the overhead bins will be packed so you may need to move farther back if you're storing more than one bag.

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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:15 am

Also, SeatGuru says that seats in rows 1-3 are narrower than other seats on the plane. Can anyone confirm if this is the case?

If you're taller, or just like more space, you may want to try for 12F; SeatGuru says it's an exit row seat with no seat in front (and floor storage under 10F) so you basically have 60+ inches of pitch!
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:37 am

Quoting Soxfan (Reply 5):
Also, SeatGuru says that seats in rows 1-3 are narrower than other seats on the plane. Can anyone confirm if this is the case?

Yes, seats 1-3 are at the very front of the plane right behind the door. So the fuselage is still tapering back to its full width in the first three rows. The seats aren't narrower but they are squeezed a little bit by the taper.

My choice for most flight is the "loveseat" which is on the right side of the 733 and 73G and on the left side of the 735s. This is seats 11D & 11E.

Most of the Business Select people (the people that will board before an A-lister or an Early Bird) usually take the exit row seats 11A or 11C or the seats upfront of the jet.

Of course, its quite possible that the MDW-TPA leg is a continuing flight and the exit row & bulkheads may be taken by the people already on the plane from the starting leg.
 
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:06 pm

I agree boots00 that row 11 DE are great seats. Didn't know they were referred to as the "Loveseat." Depending on time of day of your flight, remember you're flying southbound so sun will be on right side. That aside, surprisingly my favorite seats are 23DEF. It does recline and as mentionoed by another poster, rarely do I end up with seat mates other than my own accompanying family member. Everyone likes to avoid that last row but it is as comfortable as most other seats and a bit more private. Good views way past the wing but can be a slightly bumpier ride. A F/A generally serves from the back so you don't wait a long time for a beverage and/or nibble.
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:50 pm

All sound great, but in particular the last response:

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 7):

My father, whom I am traveling with, HATES the middle seat. I prefer the window seat, and usually he prefers the aisle, but we would like to be seated together (or atleast without someone in between). He said that he would have the middle seat for this flight because I liked the window so much, and I know that will be the case in a full flight, but really I know that's not what he wants to do. Depending on the amount of people, which I can check at the gate, right (???) I will pick one of the rows in the back and try the method. Thanks for all of the other responses!  

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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:54 pm

Quoting boots00 (Thread starter):
I've heard mixed reviews about their bulkhead

I'm not sure whether you know this or whether SeatGuru has commented on this but all the Row 1 seats do NOT have tray tables... not even in the type that folds into the armrests. Something to think about if you're bringing something that needs resting on a more steady surface than your lap.

I believe the rationale behind that is due to cost. It's a lot cheaper having all the seats and related equipment the same than it is to have every 6 seats per plane needing tray armrests (most of which can't fold up) and the remaining 131 have the standard folding armrests.

So there is a trade-off of sorts; hence the mixed reviews.
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:12 pm

Quoting KPHXFlyer (Reply 6):
Yes, seats 1-3 are at the very front of the plane right behind the door. So the fuselage is still tapering back to its full width in the first three rows. The seats aren't narrower but they are squeezed a little bit by the taper.

They are (on the ruler), but I don't know that it's noticeable. Certainly, it's not as noticeable as the taper in the rear of the cabin.
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:03 pm

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 9):

That was my biggest complaint with the bulkhead seats on WN. Made eating and drinking rather difficult.
 
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:59 pm

Quoting PWMRamper (Reply 11):
That was my biggest complaint with the bulkhead seats on WN. Made eating and drinking rather difficult.

It does. With the legroom, the seats are ideal for relatively short flights that may have long waits on the tarmac (e.g. BWI-LGA).
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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:53 pm

I tend to over-think things and I end up shooting myself in the foot as often as not.

Having said that, here's my strategy if the exit rows are taken. If it is a reasonably full flight, the best thing that can happen to me is to have an empty middle seat next to me. To increase the odds (assuming you're not the kind of person who piles stuff on the middle seat to deter people), I choose the rows that are a few rows behind the exit row back to about row 18. A lot of people grab seats up front as they board, and a lot of people go all the way to the back (past row 18 or so) looking for empty seats back there. This means the rows from about 13-18 tend to fill up a little more slowly. I'd say that about half the time when the middle seat fills up, it's taken by someone who already has passed my row and is working his or her way back toward the front to find a seat.

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RE: Good Seats On Southwest 73G

Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:44 pm

1F is a good seat on Southwest.
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