Thursday, June 18, 2009

Next time before you fly

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 9:30 AM

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Tthanks to the collective brain of the Internet, air traveling is getting a little bit more comfortable. People have been using travel sites for years to save on fares, but only relatively recently have they been posting reviews of individual seats aboard aircraft to let other savvy travelers know which rows may be in coach but feel like first-class.

The two most popular sites are Seat Guru and Seat Expert. Each are user-run databases and reviews of airlines, where anyone and everyone can contribute.

Seat Guru tends to attract the more jaded air-warrior. It's the Web site that recently polled its users and found they wouldn't choose the middle seat even if it meant sitting next to two famous people. Forty percent of its users said a full meal was the amenity they value most, then went on to trash American, United and US Airways has having the worst food. (Singapore Airlines and British Airways ranked first.)

Seat Expert is the New York Times' choice and is so specific that you can enter your flight number and it will tell you the best seat available. It also has a feature called "ask a seat expert," where users can get answers to specific questions such as where to sit when you have tinnitus

Once you land, rested from a great airline seat, don't worry. Trip Kick will help you find a hotel room that's spacious, quiet and close to the ice machine.

(Image via Flickr: Shawn Stayte)

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