Everyone has their own preference when it comes to flying. Which airline seats are the best is a subjective opinion based on what makes each person comfortable. Factors such as legroom, seat pitch, seat width, audio and video accessories and power ports, access to the bathroom and aisle, armrest mobility, and distance from the door are all things that make an airline seat desirable or undesirable to travelers.
Although everyone has a different opinion, enough people covet certain seats that it can be difficult to get the seat that you prefer. Casual travelers may think that they can reserve a specific seat when they make reservations, but many airlines do not allow you to request a certain seat at the time of booking. You can, however, get around this by finding out when seat requests can be made. Most airlines will allow you to request a specific seat closer to the flight time, usually 24 hours or so before the flight.
One strategy to use to make sure you get extra room is to leave an empty seat between you and your traveling companion. This is a great way to get extra room but many agents are reluctant to separate people traveling together so that they can fill the empty seat in the row. If you make reservations separately and request an aisle seat and window seat in the same row it will be hard for the airline to fill the last middle seat and you will get extra space between you.
If you have been assigned a seat hat you do not like and are unable to change it, you may be able to sit somewhere more comfortable. Sometimes if you are one of the last people to board the plane you can sit in a vacant seat or even vacant row that is more to your liking. Most airlines cannot fill all their seats and will have empty seats or even entire rows. If you wait in the boarding area until all the other passengers have boarded and are last in line, you have the opportunity to sit in any vacant space. You cannot, however, sit in a vacant first class seat because airline personnel know who is supposed to be there.
The power of the internet will also help you to get the seat you want. Travel websites will often show you which seats are still available for a flight allowing you to choose the seats that will give you the most space. You can look at seating pans and availability for all available flights and choose the one that will give you the best seat. This also comes in handy when you arrive at the gate as you will now which seat is vacant and be able to request it.
Whether you prefer aisle seats, window seats, or seats in the front or back, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the seat you want. Always check to make sure you are aware of your airline's seat request policies so you are able to book the seat you want.