I'm flying to Hawaii for work at the end of May (yay) and work booked my ticket for me. My four USAirways flights (Milwaukee to Phoenix and Phoenix to Hawaii and then reverse) have ZERO exit row seats available online. I even had to pay $89 for their "ChoiceSeat" on one flight because it was the *only* aisle seat available (which have no more legroom than a regular seat, just allows you to board before the rest of the passengers). At 6'6", this is troubling.
I called USAirways today and was first told they had exit row seats for purchase (at roughly $90/flight) but that she was having trouble getting them to work on her system so she had to transfer me to their "online helpdesk". That person told me that there were no exit row seats available at all, full stop. I can't rebook to another flight because my arrival is being timed with other coworkers.
So, are there any tips/tricks/secret handshakes I can use at the airport to try to get a seat with a little more room? I'm extremely grateful that I get to go to Hawaii on someone else's dime but am anticipating agony the whole way there and back.
posted by Twicketface
on Apr 21, 2014 -
I have a Boston Terrier and would like to take him on a plane. Airline rules say Bostons are "snub-nosed" dogs that are not allowed on planes. But this particularly charming Boston is not "snub nosed" at all. His nose is not squishy. No breathing problems. He has a noble carriage! Many people think he is, in fact, some other breed. Is there any leniency in airline policy on this? (Pic inside!) [more inside]
posted by amoeba
on Dec 21, 2013 -
I realize you folks are not my doctor or my pharmacist, but maybe someone among you has been in this situation before and knows the way out. Just over a week ago I contracted an ear infection which subsequently spread to the other ear. The infection is on the wane but not yet over, but my eustachian tubes are are still gummed up, rendering me about 90% hearing-impaired at the moment. I was put on basic antibiotics (amoxycillin) last week and as of a couple of days ago, was switched to some more heavy-duty stuff (biaxin), but I am still pretty clogged up. The tricky part: in three days I have to get on a plane. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit
on Jun 20, 2013 -
I am travelling to China from Canada in the near future. I have hundreds of questions and concerns but mostly just need reassurance that I'm not forgetting anything. Bonus, what should I do for carry-on? [more inside]
posted by sarae
on Mar 13, 2013 -
Recently I went on a trip with my kid sister and each time, the pilots were men and the flight attendants were women and even while we were waiting to board, we watched the pilots and flight attendants for other airlines walk to their gates and it was always the same and she was curious and disgruntled about this, so I thought I would ask the hive mind. Are there institutional/systemic/socioeconomic reasons why the pilot/flight attendant makeup isn't proportionate to the population they serve?
posted by Sully
on Dec 15, 2012 -
Is there any recourse when an airline moves your flight earlier and earlier, eventually adding a new flight at the original time that costs much more? [more inside]
posted by Mapes
on Nov 1, 2012 -
is it possible to book a cheap flight the same day you want to leave [more inside]
posted by lulz
on Oct 11, 2012 -
How likely is it that Delta Airlines will accept my slightly-oversize backpack as carry-on? [more inside]
posted by Hither
on Sep 20, 2012 -
I just got a text alert from the airline that my 8:40pm flight (it's 3:30pm now) has been delayed until 10:20pm. Should I go to the airport in time for the 8:40 departure, or can I get there an hour and a half later?
posted by bluefly
on Jul 19, 2012 -
Which of these two (complicated) flight options will A)
give me the biggest baggage allowance, and B)
cost the least for excess bags? [more inside]
posted by hasna
on Sep 20, 2011 -
Do airplane ticket sites (Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, etc.) increase prices between successive browsing sessions, as well as manipulate prices so that they are in agreement with each other? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Feb 21, 2011 -
I feel I just got screwed out of about $500 by an airline. Of course they don't see it that way. What resources do I have to get this money back? If not, what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by boghead
on Jan 24, 2011 -
The Great Blizzard of Christmas 2010 has severely derailed my plans (love snow as I do). I was supposed to fly from Newark to Hong Kong on Dec. 26th at 3:30, arrive in HK at 8:30pm Dec 27th, then fly Air Asia Hong Kong-Bangkok on the morning of Dec. 28th with a connecting flight immediately following from Bangkok - Luang Prabang, Laos.
Newark is supposed to get a foot plus of snow tomorrow. I am feeling a little screwed. Is anyone out there skilled at making the best of this kind of situation? I've never dealt with it before, and have spent the last eight hours trying to make something work. Details below. [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong
on Dec 26, 2010 -
Boyfriend and I are flying out to Shanghai from New York City sometime late September or October. Kayak
's cheapest flights are on: China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Delta, and on occasion, Continental. Reviews for all seem pretty bleak. :( It's a good 14-20 hour flight; please help: Which airline is the best of the worst? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap
on Aug 8, 2010 -
What are the days and times that have the best change of being bumped from a flight? I fly 3 or 4 times a year and am usually extremely flexible on what day (and time of day) I can book my flights, and it's usually not inconvenient for me at all if I can volunteer to be bumped to a later flight and get a $400 travel voucher. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Jul 15, 2010 -
I put MS instead of MR on a plane ticket I ordered for a male friend. Is this a big deal? [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl
on Jun 17, 2010 -
How long should I allow to collect baggage, clear customs, find the correct terminal, etc on (international to domestic) flights into and out of LAX? [more inside]
posted by dawson
on May 29, 2010 -
Does anyone know of a tactical card game (Dominion, Magic the Gathering, etc) which may be suited to a long plane flight? [more inside]
posted by ceberon
on Mar 14, 2010 -
Help me make a non-disastrous choice on airline tickets to Portugal in relation to customs/connecting flights. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise
on Feb 20, 2010 -
Buying a ticket to Bangkok—is there a dependable
online ticket-searching service that is all about getting the truly cheapest fare? Skinflint-In-Coach.com? [more inside]
posted by blueberry
on Nov 27, 2009 -
I am looking for a Website I once used that allowed you to enter in a departure city and a date and then gave you all possible worldwide flight destinations sorted by cost. What was that site?
posted by tinamonster
on Oct 27, 2009 -
Whats the best way to buy a flight for a vacation that you know you are going on (greater than 3 months in the future)? I am tired of getting screwed for being prepared. [more inside]
posted by schindyguy
on Jul 29, 2009 -
Are there power outlets on International United Airlines flights? My mother is wanting to be able to charge her laptop on a plane ride to Bejing, and wants to know if she is able to either plug her laptop in on the flight, or bring a cigarette lighter power inverter in order to charge it. Does anyone have any input on this that I can tell her?
posted by linzenoonoo
on Apr 8, 2009 -
If given the choice to fly coach from Boston to Tokyo (Narita), which of the following airlines would you choose and why: Continental, Delta, American, JAL or ANA. FYI, i'm 300 pounds and 6'1. Legroom is a primary concern, but any tips appreciated. [more inside]
posted by quibx
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Can I book a round-trip flight with different passengers on the initial and return flights? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil
on Feb 19, 2009 -
Do airlines keep records of passengers who, for example, pass-out mid-flight? If so, does it affect future travel? [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels
on Jan 26, 2009 -
american airlines delivered us 41 hours late to our destination. i sent an executive email carpet bomb
today, but with the emergency landing in LAX today, i'm not sure anyone is going to respond to me.
what else can i do? should i call? re-send the letter? how long should i wait for a response? click through for the letter... [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman
on Aug 5, 2008 -
How can I maximize my chances for a free airline upgrade due to pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by k8t
on Aug 5, 2008 -
In a few months, my (former) dog is going to be flying from California to the UK in the cargo hold. How can this be made as safe and comfortable for him? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Jun 25, 2008 -
I bought a plane ticket, I subsequently had to cancel the flight, and now I'm stuck with a Delta voucher. I want to sell it and buy a ticket on another airline, which happens to have a much better flight to my destination. But where can I sell my ticket? I tried eBay and Points.com already.
posted by harwons
on Jun 14, 2008 -
I am scheduled to fly into Rochester, MN with a connection in Minneapolis on NWA tomorrow evening. I would like to intentionally miss the connection to Rochester and spend the evening in the Twin Cities with friends and take a bus down to Rochester on Saturday. I would, however, like to board my plane on Monday from Rochester as scheduled.
Will NWA put up a fuss that I never made my connecting flight and prevent me from boarding Monday?
posted by gerg
on Aug 9, 2007 -
According to aa.com, my flight departure this morning is delayed by an hour. I haven't left the house yet. How big a risk is it, though, to show up to the airport an hour later than I had planned? Do they ever "move up" a delay, thinking that it is convenient to the people already waiting? If so, what is the point of showing me that it is delayed?
posted by unknowncommand
on Jun 13, 2007 -
I left my iPod in the seat pocket on a flight from SFO to IAD (I changed planes and went on to ROC) yesterday. I've made some attempts to locate it, but with the holiday travel and the huge backup due to Denver being closed, I'm having little success. I'm jumping through the hoops with the airport and airline, but having a tough time due to the heavy traveler volume. Has anyone else lost an item by leaving it in the seat pocket and got it returned? Any tips?
posted by mhm
on Dec 23, 2006 -
How can I watch prices for a roundtrip flight for a few-day visit somewhere? The dates aren't as important as cheap fares-- pretty much any time through this coming April would be fantastic. I'd just like to watch for lower prices. How can I do this?
posted by freddymungo
on Oct 21, 2006 -
I bought two non-refundable airline tickets, now one of us will not be going. What to do about that ticket? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe
on Sep 5, 2006 -
How do I change my first name on a booked airline ticket with Northwest? [more inside]
posted by cior
on Aug 10, 2006 -