About this time next month, I’ll be flying to Austin, Texas in a Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-800.  I like to pick my seats before I fly, which is easy to do before you book your ticket if you go to Seatguru.com to check out the plane.  There you have the ability to pick the best seat on the plane.

It looks like I’ll want to avoid row 16, because the seats don’t recline as much as the others and you can’t really see the video screens.  I’m also not picking seats in row 32.  That’s not only the very last row — which is the worst place to be for people with motion sickness — but it also has limited foot room, and it’s right next to the bathrooms.  Whoever ends up in seat 13A won’t get a window, so forget that row.

I’m thinking I’ll go for seat C or D in row 18; it appears to be the best plane seat available for me.  It’s an exit row so I’ll have to call the airline directly to book it (or ask at the counter when I get there) but there’s plenty of extra foot room and the seats don’t have limited recline.  Or I could pick A, B, or C in row 29.  On this particular plane, sometimes these have extra foot room because of removed seats behind them.

Here are some other things you can do with Seatguru.com:

** Scope out the best seats in the plane
** Find phone numbers for customer service, ticketing, rewards, and more
** Get links to frequent flyer programs, in-flight magazines, and lounges
** Read up on the rules and allowances for check-in, baggage, kids, pets, etc.
** See what kinds of amenities each plane has

Happy New Year!
Lori Allen
Director, Great Escape Publishing

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