When booking a flight you want to make sure you have the best seat available. Flying is hard enough as it is.
But just because you’re flying economy doesn’t mean every seat is identical. Some seats are better than others – and the same is true for business and first class. You don’t want to board your plane to find your window seat doesn’t actually have a window. Or that your seat can’t recline. Or you’re right next to a smelly bathroom.
One of our favorite tools, SeatGuru, can immediately pull up the seating chart for your flight. And you can use it to make sure you get the best seat.
What is SeatGuru?
SeatGuru is a website that displays aircraft seating charts, airline seat reviews. Most importantly, it has an easy-to-use, color-coded system to identify the best seats on every flight. SeatGuru has been around since 2001 and has been owned by Tripadvisor since 2007. Just visit seatguru.com to get started.
How to Use Seat Maps
Go to the website and have your airline, flight number, and date of the flight at the ready. Enter this information into the site. SeatGuru will pull up flight information and provide you with the flight’s seat map. You will see that various seats are highlighted with different colors.
If you hover over any of these seats, it will provide you additional details on that seat including limited recline, close proximity to the lavatory, no window and more. And SeatGuru also provides a key for your reference.
Find Out What Amenities You’ll Get
Beyond guiding you toward which seats are the best – or steering you clear from the worst – SeatGuru can do more.
Need power ports to stay charged? Want to know if you’ll have Wi-Fi? Or make sure you’ll have a TV screen in front of you? SeatGuru has you covered with that, too.
Just type in your flight information and just look for the panel of in-flight amenities on the plane. It has everything you need to know, neatly organized into tabs.
Improvements in SeatGuru’s Seat Map Appearance
SeatGuru updated their seat maps with a cleaner feel as well as made it easier to read. These refreshed seat maps improve the user experience and help bring a modern feel to the site.
Not all aisle or window seats are created equal. Do yourself a favor and use SeatGuru to find the best seat possible when booking your next flight. Avoid getting stuck in a window seat without a window or right next to the bathroom on a long-haul flight. Want to learn all of our best cheap travel tips and tricks? Start learning with our Thrifty Traveler University online lessons.