A former flight attendant shares a tip for sitting together for free

These days there seems to be then a lot of extra costs when it comes to flying. From baggage fees to fast tracking to security and pay to sit together, extra extras can sometimes cost as much as the flight itself.

Now a former flight attendant has revealed how you can sit with your travel party without having to pay extra.

While it’s probably not best to risk this tip if you’re traveling with young children, it could definitely work for trips with friends or a partner.

A former flight attendant has revealed how you can sit with your travel party without having to pay extra. Credit: Shutterstock

Jane Hawkes, who is also a consumer expert, said Express.co.uk“Obviously, if you’re traveling with kids, you might not want to do this. Because if you’re traveling as a family, you might want your kids to accompany you to watch them.

“But if you’re traveling with friends or a partner, never pay to book a seat together.

“Just wait to get on board and then say ‘we’re traveling together and we didn’t know we’d be apart’.

“You can just ask other passengers around you who can be very accommodating. It’s worth asking, but there’s no point in asking before boarding.

While some passengers may be happy to swap – for example, if they’ve been stuck in the middle seat – others may be less willing to move, if they’ve paid for a specific spot.

Definitely worth a try if you don’t have to sit with your group, but want to.

It may not be worth taking the risk if you are traveling with young children.  Credit: Maria Argutinskaya/Alamy Stock Photo
It may not be worth taking the risk if you are traveling with young children. Credit: Maria Argutinskaya/Alamy Stock Photo

Earlier this summer, we told you how a passenger split the internet after refusing to swap seats for a mother and baby.

The passenger took Reddit to ask for advice, after explaining that he had bought a middle seat on a Ryanair flight.

Discussing how he wanted to be in the specific seat to be close to the exit, the man revealed that when he boarded the plane a mother asked him if he would swap seats with his husband who was 12 rows behind.

“It may seem strange to buy a middle, but I wanted it to be as close to the exit as possible and there were no other seats available,” he wrote.

“The flight was landing at a minor secondary airport which has limited train connections so if I wanted to catch the best train I have to run outside the plane and do passport control as soon as possible. If I miss this train, the other option is to wait 1:30 am or take a $70 cab which is why I paid for this seat.

Would you like to swap your seat?  Credit: Shutterstock
Would you like to swap your seat? Credit: Shutterstock

“So I board my flight tired as hell, also the business trip was horrible and unproductive, and I have this lady with her month old child [sic] sleeping quietly sitting on the window seat.

“She immediately asks me if I can move to row 18 so she can sit down [sic] with husband. I just said I paid for the seat and I didn’t want to move, I didn’t really explain much.”

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