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Tips on scoring an exit row seat?

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 - 12 answers

Airlines don't allow "snub-nosed" dogs. But my dog's face is special!

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 - 15 answers

Eardrums, planes, and how they interact

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 - 33 answers

Help me calm anxiety about travel to China.

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 - 19 answers

Why isn't the male/female makeup of pilots and flight attendants proportionate to the population?

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 - 12 answers

Never thought I'd see bacon in the air

Flight change... details inside [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Nov 13, 2012 - 38 answers

Airline shifting departure time unilaterally

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 - 7 answers

is it possible to book a cheap flight the same day you want to leave?

is it possible to book a cheap flight the same day you want to leave [more inside]
posted by lulz on Oct 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Too large for carry-on?

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 - 15 answers

When should I show up for a delayed flight?

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 - 15 answers

Help me make a connection

Take a look at my flight plan, will I make my connecting flight? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Apr 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Can you read this Korean text?

Can anyone read this Korean text? Trying to buy tickets on Jeju Air's English website but a dialog box pops up in Korean. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Mar 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Which of these two flight options will allow me the most luggage?

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 - 4 answers

What drives ticket site pricing mechanisms?

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 - 19 answers

How do I get money refunded from an airline?

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 - 12 answers

How to deal with cancelled international flights?

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 - 9 answers

Help us get to Shanghai for cheap!

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 - 24 answers

How do I get bumped from flights more often?

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 - 5 answers

Will I be able to leave Morocco?

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 - 10 answers

Booking a domestic flight on the heels of an international one...

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 - 6 answers

Tactical card game suited to a long plane ride?

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 - 17 answers

How to avoid customs madness?

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 - 5 answers

Bait-and-Switch or ineptitude?... WTF Travelocity!?

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 - 20 answers

Dear Mystery Site: Where can I fly for $300?

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 - 10 answers

Whats the best way to buy a flight for a vacation without getting screwed?

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 - 12 answers

Flight cancellation

[airline flight filter] If you cancel a flight, but are not refunded, do you still have a legal right to the seat? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Jun 19, 2009 - 13 answers

is this a good price for my CO flight?

is this a good price for my CO flight? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jun 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Are there power outlets on International United Airlines flights?

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 - 7 answers

Fat man flying to Japan

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 - 22 answers

I'm always serious. And don't call me Shirley

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 - 9 answers

Huh? What happened?

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 - 9 answers

and will either give me free Guinness?!

Should I book a flight with Aer Lingus or American Airlines? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Dec 30, 2008 - 22 answers

Airline Christmas Gift

How do I give an airline ticket as a Christmas gift? [more inside]
posted by Mroz on Nov 26, 2008 - 6 answers

american airlines ate my summer vacation

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 - 22 answers

How can I maximize my chances at an upgrade due to pregnancy?

How can I maximize my chances for a free airline upgrade due to pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Aug 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Help the flying dog.

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 - 9 answers

How/where can I sell an airline/airplane/flight ticket?

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 - 7 answers

How do I solve my airline woes?

Help me figure out an air travel fiasco. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Dec 24, 2007 - 10 answers

must meet kangaroos as cheaply as possible

What's the cheapest way to fly from NYC to Australia next summer? [more inside]
posted by beckish on Oct 27, 2007 - 7 answers

Will Intentionally Miss Leg of Flight Make Return Difficult?

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 - 9 answers

Need to know about airline security now

Do I need a ticket to go through airport security? [more inside]
posted by nax on Jun 23, 2007 - 36 answers

The internet says my flight is delayed. What do I do?

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 - 21 answers

How do you predict airline ticket prices?

How can you tell when to buy an airline ticket? [more inside]
posted by handee on Mar 2, 2007 - 16 answers

I left my iPod in the seat pocket!

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 - 12 answers

I'm not an alcoholic, but...

Which airlines or routes give out free liquor? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; on Nov 1, 2006 - 40 answers

Watch for a cheap flight whenever it's available

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 - 6 answers

What to do about a now-uneeded airline ticket/reservation?

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 - 11 answers

oh, the pain of the first name

How do I change my first name on a booked airline ticket with Northwest? [more inside]
posted by cior on Aug 10, 2006 - 14 answers

Peanuts? Life Presever? Headphones?

What can you tell me about being a flight attendant? [more inside]
posted by Ugh on Mar 15, 2006 - 17 answers

What's wrong with Racial Profiling?

Help me convince a Republican that Racial Profiling is Not Good (tm). [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jun 10, 2005 - 33 answers

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