Why You Should Never Prepay For Seating On Flights


Last summer I booked the onto an Easyjet flight which I also reviewed. I booked and paid for allocated seating as I wanted to be seated with my husband and 7-year-old son. I wasted my money.

Most parents are concerned about being separated from their children on flights, but guidance states that children must be sat with a parent to speed up an evacuation in the case of an emergency.

Airlines offer the option to prepay to guarantee your seat position so that they can squeeze more cash out of their passengers, but in most cases, you don’t need to pay this additional fee.

If you are a parent traveling with a child, you will be seated next to your child. If you are two parents seated with two children, each parent is likely to be seated with a child (or one parent will get both). On British Airways and Easyjet there is an 85% chance that you will be seated together without prepaying for your seats.

I wish I hadn’t wasted my money prebooking our seats. I would have been sat next to my son anyway, and more than likely, my husband too, because the airlines, even EasyJet, will try to seat you with your travel companions regardless of whether you pay for allocated seating or not.

According to the Guardian newspaper, UK travellers waste £175 million GBP a year on unnecessary allocated seating.

So in a nutshell, don’t waste your money pre-booking seats. You will almost always be seated together anyway and the risk of being seated apart is very small (although arguably still there).

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