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How To Get The Best Seats On The Plane As A Couple

by Meg · 8 comments

I drove Tony to the airport yesterday for a weekend Bachelor Party in Charleston, SC. As I was shipping him off, I realized that we haven’t traveled separately in over a year… I know, pathetic.

But what can I say? We love traveling together!

Air Travel Done Right - How To Book A Flight

Gettin’ the party started at 30,ooo feet!

After a year traveling the world together in 2012, we got A LOT of practice, and now make an excellent travel duo. Now I’m here to share with you our best travel hack for how to book a flight as a couple that will almost always guarantee you an awesome seating arrangement on an airplane.

Here goes:

If you are traveling as a couple, leverage the middle seats when you book your flight.

What do I mean by this?

When you book a flight as a solo traveler, you have the luxury of choosing your favorite seat on the plane. But as a traveling couple, if you want to sit together, usually one person is always stuck in the middle seat or the cramped window seat… I’m usually that person, as I like to give my tall husband the extra leg room of the aisle seat. :-)

Depending on the layout of your airplane, there are a few scenarios as a traveling couple that you can leverage to get the best seats on the plane. Here are some standard seating situations:

  • Seating arrangement #1: Aisle / Middle/ Aisle
  • Seating arrangement #2: Aisle / Middle/ Window
  • Seating arrangement #3 (mainly on international flights): Aisle / Middle / Middle / Aisle

Listen closely: If you are a traveling couple, book the Aisle / Aisle seats or the Aisle / Window seats and leave the middle seats open.

You may be asking, “but wont that mean I don’t get to sit with my partner?”

The short answer: No

Let’s face it, NO ONE LIKES THE MIDDLE SEATS. Fact. Unless you are booking tickets on a sold-out flight, no one is going to want to book the middle seat(s) in between you and your partner…

… So what happens when you board the plane?

No one will be sitting in the middle seat(s), and now you and your partner (with the two outside seats) have the ENTIRE row to yourself.


Instant best seats in the house…. Feel free to stretch out, create a workstation, cuddle, whatever!

Well, what if people DO end up booking the middle seat(s)?

No big deal. Ask him/her if they would like to change seats with you, so you can sit next to your partner… Trust us, no one is going to pass up an aisle or window seat to be “Airplane Bitch” in the middle.

Tony and I have practiced this technique on all of our long flights and international flights and we have NEVER had people sit in between us (*knock on wood*).

You’re welcome.

Your turn: What is YOUR best hack for awesome airline travel? Share with us in the Comments below!

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant, I took a year off to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony!