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Thread: I have a really weird plane attendance question..

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    I have a really weird plane attendance question..

    Me and the future wife are booking our honeymoon, we went through a travel agent for the hotel, got a great deal for an ocean view room.. Now we are working on the Flights, we are flying United, out of Newark New Jersey. Here comes the weirdness... How full is the plane for a flight in October? Yes I know, difficult... Reason I ask, I'm not a short guy, and I need some leg room.. We are at the top of our budget, so flying in normal seats especially for a 5 hour flight isn't very comfortable.. UNLESS I can sit in a row that is just the two of us giving me an some room for me to sit sideways.. so are the odds of having a semi empty seat high? or should we eat the added cost for the upgrade to economy plus which would put us over the budget buy a decent amount.
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    Good luck with that.... I would think that if you booked an aisle set that would help some. Perhaps when you check in see if United can help you out.
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    United could care less. We fly United out of Newark. Maybe you can upgrade with points if you have them. If not, there is economy plus which is more room than economy. But watch the fight, if first class is not bad, you can pay the difference between your economy .& first class. Sometimes it drops a lot. I usually use points so we always upgrade to first. But economy plus is better than economy with a bit more room.

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    I usually fly eco plus. I might just eat the added cost on the eco plus.. Maybe with any luck get a free upgrade to first at the gate since it's our honeymoon.. It's a stretch, but if there is two seats, who knows. I have no miles, probably should have opened a mileage plus card last year.... oh well.. Thanks for the info!
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    the low season of aruba has been getting busier and busier.
    last november we had a seat between us on swa, orlando to aua and return.

    it would be more than a stretch for United to gift you an upgrade for a honeymoon.
    united has changed considerably from the united that was a wonderful "fly the friendly skies" that many of us loved.

    many airlines.......their mottos are "buy online, pay for your bags, get on and sit down and shut up"

    many of folks are not able to afford the $ pricey upgrades.

    as cp said, an aisle seat might help.

    Quote Originally Posted by KristinandJoe View Post
    I usually fly eco plus. I might just eat the added cost on the eco plus.. Maybe with any luck get a free upgrade to first at the gate since it's our honeymoon.. It's a stretch, but if there is two seats, who knows. I have no miles, probably should have opened a mileage plus card last year.... oh well.. Thanks for the info!
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    I agree with Andrea on the upgrade gift. United is not Continental. When it was Continental, they were wonderful. United would probably charge you just for asking for an upgrade (only kidding-maybe??, lol). But when I booked a few weeks ago, I booked economy and in two days the first class dropped to $200 (each way) more than economy. you don't have to upgrade immediately. Just keep watching the first class flight as compared to what you paid. If it isn't too bad, call up United and ask to be upgraded and pay the difference.

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    I agree. United could care less.
    We have elite status (a match from our platinum Marriott account). We hardly ever even get an economy plus upgrade.

    We don't have a lot of choices for direct service out of Newark. United service has been so bad lately I am considering JetBlue out of JFK.
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    When you book you could try and book an aisle and a window seat. Any single traveler is going to want either the window or aisle typically so you could luck out that way.









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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    When you book you could try and book an aisle and a window seat. Any single traveler is going to want either the window or aisle typically so you could luck out that way.
    Great idea... and I'd betcha if someone did have the middle seat they'd gladly take the window so you would still be together and you'd have aisle space to stretch out.
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    I always book the window and an aisle seat. There are times when I have upgraded myself for more leg room. I get so mad when I see someone in regular coach seating change their seat when the flight attendant is not looking to a seat with more leg room. Next time if I see this happen I'm gonna tell the guy "Pay extra for more leg room or get back to your seat Buster".

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