How to Avoid the Middle Seat

No Middle Seat

Do you enjoy being sandwiched in between two people for hours on a plane? We’ll show you how to avoid the middle seat!

Do you know anyone who actually likes the middle seat?

Most travelers have a preference of either aisle or window seat, but we’ve yet to encounter anyone who prefers sitting in the middle. No surprise there, the middle seat doesn’t offer anything of value- there’s no view, no easy exit and no guarantee of an armrest! In fact, the number one thing that travelers dislike about the middle seat is personal space – or rather, the extreme lack of it.

So, how do you ensure that you don’t end up seated in the middle on your next business trip?

Here are some tips that will help you defeat the middle seat!

1. Book your flights early.

If your company has an Advanced Purchase Policy, make sure to take advantage of it. Flex Fares are less expensive when booked in advance. Get in early to get the Flex Fare, which allows you to select your aisle or window at time of booking.

2. Do the math.

Depending upon your company’s travel policy, think about using your own cash to pay for your desired seat. If you’re heading to overseas for work, seat selection can be minimal each way. Domestic flights here in the US can be up to 6 hours long. If you’re paying $25 for a better seat, that equals about $4 an hour for extra space. Not a bad price to ensure a much more comfortable and enjoyable flight.

3. Check in as soon as you can.

Set a reminder to check in exactly 24 hours before the scheduled departure time. Download the Sam mobile travel app, available on the Google Play Store and the App Store for Corporate Traveler clients. Using the app, you will get reminders to check in, giving you the best chance of nabbing the seat you want.

4. Book a different flight.

We recently had a client scheduled on a red-eye flight from the West Coast to the East Coast, with a stopover in New York. It was a last-minute change so all that was left were middle seats. We offered him a completely different flight through Chicago that allowed the comfort of an aisle seat. He opted for the change and was happy that we were able to provide an alternative option.

5. Take advantage of our expertise.

Corporate Traveler’s Travel Managers know what it’s like to travel in comfort, and care about giving you the best experience in the air. They are dedicated to delivering on our promise to do everything we can to keep you out of the middle seat. Our people will always talk to you about your options to avoid the discomfort that comes with being sandwiched in between two people.