Is there anything I can do to get us seats together on the plane?
September 10, 2012 3:32 PM Subscribe
Tips for getting seats together on a flight that is already booked.
posted by tacodave to Travel & Transportation (40 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
As I mentioned in a previous question, my family is going on a Disney vacation soon. Although the trip was booked a month or so ago, the airplane tickets were just purchased and I have a problem.
(Before I hear from everyone who says "Why would you take kids on a plane?! You are a jerk!" - we have flown with the four oldest in the past and they have been great. We bring plenty to keep them busy and are not the passengers from hell from your horror stories. And we are traveling from Oregon to Florida, so driving is out of the question.)
I will be flying with my wife and our five kids - ages 11, 9, 5, 2, and 11 months. I just went to pick seats, and there are none available together. Seriously - the only seats they would let me choose from were middle seats.
I called the airline and they told me they were unable to make any changes, but would forward our information to the airport so they could accommodate us on the day of the flight. She refused to even give us seat assignments, saying "It wouldn't matter because they'll just change things that day." I balked at this idea, but the agent said "They really will get you seats together if you just wait until the morning of the flight."
Is this really going to work? Does anyone else have experience in a similar situation? Do any airline employees have any tips to help us? Even if we let the older kids sit by themselves, we would need at least two sets of two seats together. Ideas?
I know we can wait until we are on the plane and then ask people to switch seats, but if they truly assign us all middle seats, we won't have much bargaining power...
And it's American Airlines, if that makes any difference.