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Seat Preview

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2017, 09:36
by spacedyemeerkat
I imagine this has come up a thousand times but I couldn't turn anything up in a quick search for 'seat preview' - sorry!

Anyway: looking to book a flight to LAX or SFO on either VA or BA but it seems impossible to see what seats are available prior to booking with VA. I know seat location doesn't matter to some but it does to us and will play a critical part in our choice of carrier. Sooo... anyone know if there's a way to do it?

Thanks :-D

Re: Seat Preview

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2017, 09:44
by SlimpyJones
Yes there is :)

After choosing your flights on the VS website - proceed through the booking and enter your name and personal details. At step three where you enter you card details, there is a "Choose your seat" option at the top to get a previous of the seat map.

Re: Seat Preview

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2017, 09:48
by spacedyemeerkat
Ah, same as BA then. I do wish they'd both let you check up front!

Thanks for the reply, really appreciate it.

Re: Seat Preview

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2017, 09:51
by SlimpyJones
You're quite welcome

Re: Seat Preview

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2017, 10:51
by cjrp
The other thing I've used is ExpertFlyer ($5/month) which lets you retrieve seat maps for any flight, e.g.

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Re: Seat Preview

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2017, 12:17
by gumshoe
Or the seatalerts app, which is powered by Expertflyer and is free (though it limits you to 4 or 5 searches a day I think).

Re: Seat Preview

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2017, 14:12
by spacedyemeerkat
Brilliant, thank you both!