As part of our special Holiday Travel Tips series, here’s tip #2:

Most people are unaware of this simple trick. But, if you’re traveling with a companion, it can work to get you more room on your plane journey. Here’s how it works… When you buy your ticket, request a window seat for yourself and an aisle seat for your friend — or vice versa — in the same row. Since most people prefer either aisle or window seats, it’s the middle seats that tend to be left empty when planes don’t fill. So, if you’re in luck, you and your friend are left with extra elbow room between you. You’ve a better chance of success, of course, the earlier you purchase your ticket and check in. And, if you’ve the option to change your seat online and see which rows are open and which are full in advance, even better.

Worst-case scenario, if you find the middle seat occupied, you can politely ask the person to swap for the window or aisle, since they probably don’t want to be caught in the middle of you two anyway.

Not a fan of the middle seat? Sometimes it just can’t be avoided. Tune in tomorrow for tips on how to survive if you get caught in the middle…

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