Hi we booked with jet2 from East Midlands and we can choose our seats. They also sent me 3 e.mails with a slight change to flight times and also just phoned me on my mobile to check I had received e.mails. Very good customer service considering we dont go till the 21st June sue
We pre-booked and chose our seats the other year with Thomsons. Imagine our suprise when we boarded the plane to see four passengers sat in our seats. When we asked them to move, they said that there were some more empty seats further down. Even when I told them that we had picked these seats and had paid more for the privilege they still refused to move. It took the intervention of a stewerdess to move them before it got ugly. They went off muttering that "snobs like them should stick to first class". What made me laugh is that they were all pensioners.
Message posted by frilly on 05†April†2010 at 8:29pm - IP Logged
We always book and pay a lot of money £100 extra !for extra leg room seats purely because my partner has arthritic knees and finds these seats more comfortable even though its only 3 hour flight and if you want to select your seat in these you have to pay an extra £20 direct with Thomsonfly - must admit sometimes if there are any empty when we take off the stewardess will offer them to one of the passengers who havent paid and we do feel a bit cheated!!!
Message posted by suffolk-steve on 05†April†2010 at 9:13pm - IP Logged
I was asked by a cabin crew member last July if would I like to sit in a seat by the emergency exit door, the reason being these seats have to be occupied by someone over the age of sixteen and I had to agree to open the door when the captain or cabin crew told me to do so, to assist passengers through that particular door in case of an emergency on board
Message posted by Linda2 on 05†April†2010 at 11:03pm - IP Logged
we always pre-book our seats but with some airlines that only means you get to sit together. Last year we decided not to have the meal, BIG MISTAKE although we had pre-booked we were stuck at the back of the plane. NEVER AGAIN!! bumpy and noisy, frankly I dont like to see the plane flexing in turbulence! This year we are flying with Thompson and have picked our seats and booked food ... row 7 yay quieter flight. Thomas Cook operate the same way. Well worth a few quid extra if I get there in a better frame of mind!
If you're wondering which are the best seats to choose on a flight, go to this website http://www.seatguru.com/ You can then select the airline and if you know the type of aircraft and see which seats are super good (green) beware (yellow) or really bad (red) all others are white. Also, if the airline doesn't allow you to book an exit row, always ask at the check-in desk if there is an exit row seat available (even if you've already booked a seat). We also book aisle seats opposite each other rather than sets together as that way one of us isn't hemmed in on both sides. It makes a difference, believe it or not! CC
Message posted by andyroo on 06†April†2010 at 1:19pm - IP Logged
What gets me in any country that I have visited (not including the UK) flying schedule or charter, you choose your own seat for no extra charge. In November for the first time I had to pay $6.99AUS roughly each for 23kgs to go in the hold. We flew from Adelaide to Perth for £50UK per person and that included the hold and credit card charge. We only paid £440 per person for UK to Sydney flying on the A380 scheuled flights with Singapore Airlines with a stopover for 4 nights each way in Singapore.
England should look at the rest of the world for charges and then we wouldn't be ripped off for everything on flights. If you all look at the prices you have paid for your flights I bet you didn't pay much less than £440 yourselves to go to Europe alone.
We always fly easyJet where there is no pre booking of seats (unless you choose Speedy Boarding and board the plane 1st). I prefer to board the plane in about the middle of the boarding so that you can see where the families and their kids are, and then avoid them. Nothing worse than a) a kid popping up from the seat in front of you for the duration of the flight or b) a crying baby (and babies always cry on planes due to terrible inner ear pressure which they find hard to avoid). Also, I take the window seat, my other half the aisle seat and we hardly ever get anyone coming along to sit betwixt us!!!!
Message posted by C4owner on 13†April†2010 at 6:55pm - IP Logged
Thomson pre booking seats can be a minefield, yes you can then 'choose your seats' online even if you want standard and not extra legroom so you know where you will sit but and there is always a but...
In February I booked online and then was sent a link for 'My Thomson' which using the booking ref allowed me to choose the actual seats( these were extra legroom by the way as they were 5.5 hours).
However you have to wait 48 hours from booking before having the option, if your travelling last minute (within 48 hours) then you have to settle for the seats they give you
Now just before Easter on the 31st March I was going to book online to travel 3rd April, but as I needed currency and wondered how tickets were provided thought I would ring the local Thomson Office.
No problem said the staff, we can book the holiday for you AND match the web price.
OK I fell for it...
Booked in the office on Wednesday and paid for pre booked seats (not extra legroom as only 2.75 hour flight) with the option to choose which ones. I was told that I could go online and choose them once I had booked
Went home and tried but got the message saying I had to wait 48 hours after booking
Called the agent back, no problem you can do it Friday afternoon (48 hours later), got a bit uneasy at this stage.
Friday afternoon at 16.58 and 58 seconds I got an e mail with a link to choose my seats. Great I thought so clicked through and...
You can only choose seats online up to 3 days before travelling, call the office on... before 20.00
So it's now 17.02 pm and I call the number...
Yes, it's Good Friday and they closed at 17.00
It worked out OK in the end as we were in 4 E&F going out and 6 E&F coming back but I could have had more choice.
Also sorted my daughters Jet2 seats today for Friday flights, you simply go online, check in with passport details and choose which seats you want, took 10 minutes though with passport details for 4 people
Moral of the tale, don't listen to shop advisers who only want to meet sales targets, book online and make life far easier for yourselves.
We haven't flown British Airways since they instituted the policy of booking seats online only 24 hours before the flight. It's just too nerve-wracking if you run into a computer problem to think you're going to be stuck in the worst seats on the plane for 7 or so hours when you paid for your tickets maybe three months ago. Also, some of our travels have us in the air on another airline when the 24-hour window opens! Maybe it's OK for flights of two or three hours, but for longer journeys I'm amazed British people put up with this.
Never mind that I heard RyanAir is going ahead with the charge to use the toilet on the plane. Incredible!!!
Message posted by orchardlane on 14†April†2010 at 9:43am - IP Logged
We fly with Palmair out of Bournemouth, who I have to say have an excellent level of service, and although you don't pre-book your seats, you check in and then they have a separate lady (who's been doing this for years) who books you into your plane seats. Last time we flew to Corfu (4 of us) she arranged for us to sit together in two rows of seats so that on each row we had one seat between us as the plane was not full. They also seem to organise it in advance so all the familes with young children are together and people with special requirements are in appropriate seating. Apparently she pretty much organises the seating at home the day before!! All at no extra cost!! Excellent airline - we are flying out to our lovely Corfu again with them this year - can't wait.
Message posted by Pegasus on 14†April†2010 at 4:49pm - IP Logged
Quote: Originally posted by maggy on 13†April†2010
Not true,we paid less than that for two return trips for two people going /returning from England to Corfu
Last time we went to Corfu we paid £200 per person, charter, that was half the price that we paid to go around the world on a scheduled flight with all meals, snacks and all the drinks you wanted and flying on the A380 and 747's and as I said before it included stopovers. It also included the extortionate airport tax that Britain charges for landing and taking off.
The schedule price that we paid beats any European destination hands down. It is a shame really because I love Corfu and would always go back. We usually book flights and book into a privately run place but this time when booking Corfu the flights were dearer than paying a package, we got two weeks for £198 per person which is a really good price going from Manchester.
Enjoy your holiday when you go.
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