Insiders’ tips to get extra legroom on flights for free – ‘book the front row’

Flying in economy may just be one of the worst parts of a holiday.

While you’re excited for the trip ahead and grateful for the time away from work it’s cramped and often way too full.

Your arms are squashed next to your seat neighbours and your knees hit the seat in front even if you’re not particularly tall.

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Having extra legroom makes the journey a lot more fun as you can focus on your book, or film, instead of your throbbing extremities.

However, paying an extra £15, £40 or even £100 for the privilege is something that, frankly, we’re not willing to do…

Luckily, it seems there are some ways to get extra legroom on your flight for free.

One Ryanair passenger claims that he simply checks the booking app to see which seats are free and cheekily sits in them without paying.

However, Travel Lens say there are other ways to bag the perfect seat for your flight.

Five tips to get extra legroom for free

Plan ahead

If you’re travelling with a partner or friend, then you have a good chance of having a row to yourself for free, if one of you books the window seat and the other books the aisle seat.

If you do this, it’s highly unlikely another passenger will book the seat in between you, so this is a good tip to keep in mind.

Use frequent-flyer schemes

If you travel regularly and often use the same airline, it’s worth asking whether they have any schemes which reward returning customers.

Many airlines do this and once you book your ticket and input your unique passenger code, you’ll have access to member perks such as additional legroom at no extra cost.

Get seat notifications

There are apps and websites available, such as ExpertFlyer, which send you notifications when a better seat becomes available on a flight.

If it is time to check in and a roomier seat is available, there’s no harm in asking staff members on the desk if you could move to this seat, as they may agree to it.

Choose a front-row seat

Most airlines will charge extra for seats on the front row, but this isn’t always the case for larger planes which have separating walls between classes, as most people don’t want to pay for extra legroom, only to be sat facing a blank wall for the duration of the flight.

With this in mind, carry out some research and see if seats in these rows have more space and for no extra cost.

Avoid checking in early

If you’re flying alone or with someone but are fine sitting on your own, then it’s worth taking a risk and checking in once the majority of other passengers have, as there may be seats with extra room available which the airline is then happy to allocate to the remaining passengers for free.


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