How To Get More Legroom On Your Next Flight

By Garth Adams on 13/May/2014

Squeezing yourself into an economy seat when you're flying can be a challenge, especially if you’re on the tall side.

And if you have to sit for hours in this cramped space, it can be a nightmare. So if you want to make the most of your legroom on your next flight, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Choose Your Seat Online in Advance

When you are buying your ticket online, many airlines will allow you to choose your seat well in advance. So if you want to maximise your options, start shopping for a flight as soon as possible.

If you’re able to book early, try to choose a seat on the aisle so that you have room to stretch your legs. Or, if possible, you should choose a seat at the very front row of the plane. Those seats always have more space than the others (also, you will be able disembark first when you reach your destination).

Become an Elite Flyer

If you fly with the same airline all of the time, and you reach the upper level status in the frequent flier miles program, this is an easy way to get roomier seats.

Also, if you collect airline points you might be able to use them for an upgrade to a very large and relaxing seat in first class.

Usually, frequent flier program members will often get free upgrades, access to exit-row seating and other perks – free of charge. This is one of the reasons why it sometimes pays to be loyal to your airline.

Fly Mid-Week

One way to get more leg room is to fly during the days when flights are less busy and crowded. Travelling when the airline is not full means that you will likely have an empty seat next to you, so you can stretch your legs into that adjacent space.

The slowest days to travel on are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Use SeatGuru to Determine Seat Pitch

Not all aircraft are created equal and some planes have more legroom than others.

You can check and find each plane’s “seat pitch,” which is how many inches are between a specific point on one seat and the same point on the next seat. Check for the airline that has the largest seat pitch, so that you can book a flight that you know will have more leg room.

On average, most domestic and short-haul international flights have a seat pitch of about 31 inches. But every airline differs.

Getting more legroom on your flight requires a combination of several factors: luck, timing, planning ahead and airline loyalty. However, if you can manage to get a little more wiggle room for your knees, the extra effort will be worth it.

Being able to enjoy a more comfortable flight without cramps and discomfort in your legs means that you will arrive to your destination feeling much more refreshed!

Do you have any tips for getting more legroom on a flight? Tell us about them in the comments below.
By Garth Adams on 13/May/2014

Tagged as: airline, legroom, seat pitch