Seatguru, Find The Best Airplane Seats Ahead Of Time

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 17, 2010
Updated • Dec 11, 2012

All seats are not equal in airlines. And we are not talking about business and economy class difference here. If you have bad luck, or make the wrong choice you may end up with seats that have less legroom, are near the lavatories, do not recline correctly, have limited storage space or other limitations that make them a bad choice, especially on long distance flights.

You often have a choice when it comes to seating, and Seatguru helps you further make that decision. Seatguru uses color coded airplane seating charts to show the good, bad and ugly seats on airplanes. It does not do so by stating the obvious, but by tapping into the vast reviews of Tripadvisor, a well known hotel, flight and restaurant review site. What users get are actual reviews of people who flew in the plans.

Seats are color coded from good seats (green) over standard seats (white) to seats with drawbacks (yellow) and bad seats (red). The seating chart indicates lavatories, overhead TVs, emergency exits and power ports as well on the chart.

But why are some seats marked yellow or red? If you hover the mouse over a specific seat you see why.

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Seatguru at the time of this review has records for 97 different airlines and more than 900 airplanes models. From American Airlines and US Airways over Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways to Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and El Al; All major airlines and some lesser known ones are supported by Seatguru.

Seatguru furthermore offers additional information about each airline, from direct links to websites and frequent flyer programs, check in and baggage information to special information for passengers with kids, infants and pets.

Another interesting area of the site is the comparison chart. Want to pick an airline by the space you get in economy class? Just open the long-haul economy class comparison chart and sort by seat width. German Lufthansa on their Airbus A380-800 (388) offers a seat width of 20.5", the largest of all airplanes in the chart. If you look at the bottom of the chart you see Monarch Airlines with a seat width of 16.2". That's a big difference. The charts can be sorted by seat pitch or width, video type, whether laptop power is available, power type and Wi-Fi availability.

Seatguru can help travelers pick the best seat in the airplane that they are going to fly with. It can even help pick the right airplane in first place.


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