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5" more inches of legroom

Would you pay $97 to upgrade to a seat with 5 more inches of legroom on the overseas flight? 5 inches does not seem like alot...but maybe it is?
The flight is from Chicago to Frankfurt.

Posted by
8939 posts

Yes I would may that much for even an an inch of extra leg room. I'm 5 11 so every bit of space counts. If you're a petite person YMMV.

Posted by
1035 posts

I'm 6"7' and another 5 inches would mean I won't have the indentations from the seat in front of me in my knees for 2 days after arriving. Yes, I would pay that much in a heartbeat.

Posted by
403 posts

My wife and I did exactly that on a United flight to London last year. It was totally worth it. We are not tall (5- 8 and 5-5), but even so we find regular coach seating intolerable. plus, with the extra five inches, you can actually stand up and move out to the aisle without cramming yourself against the legs of the person next to you. Don't think twice, do it.

Posted by
1752 posts

Totally worth it. If it's a United flight, the regular coach seats are worse than a cattle car. There is NO room for your legs for anyone over 5'3" tall. When the seat in front of you goes back, you have lost even more personal space. $97 is a small price to pay for extra leg room.

Posted by
361 posts

Yes, that flight will seem endless unless you spend the extra dough and $97 is a pittance.

Posted by
4523 posts

It could be worth it. I'm assuming that you are talking about United economy plus. I often take United and generally do not pay for economy plus; however, one time I somehow accidentally ended up there on a flight to Brussels. I have no idea how this happened ... just luck. What was best to me was that the economy plus section was not completely full while every seat was taken in the regular economy section. It does seem like there is more room, particularly when the person in front of you reclines. I'm generally too cheap to pay for it so I just suffer. If you are travelling with a companion and you have multiple flights on United, you might check their annual option.

Posted by
93 posts

Thanks...sounds like 5 inches matters. Just finished booking. Did not know about an annual fee on United I will check on that.

Posted by
9363 posts

I'm only 5' 1/2" tall, so I wouldn't pay extra for it. I have, however, ended up in those seats on a long flight, and it was nice. I'd take it if it was offered free again!

Posted by
3580 posts

I probably wouldn't pay for the upgrade. I choose seats on the aisle so that I can stretch out my leg occasionally. It helps a lot. I think anybody over 5' tall would feel better with the extra legroom.

Posted by
1976 posts

I'm only 5 feet tall so I wouldn't pay for it. IMO, the airlines are already gouging too much money out of us. But if I was flying to Asia or Australia, I would probably buy a business-class ticket because I couldn't be in a tiny seat for 15-18 hours.

Posted by
492 posts

It makes a big difference to me, we ended up in United's Economy Plus to Hawaii and on the way home were in regular economy and really missed the extra space. I'm 5'9" and hubby is 5'10" so it may depend on how tall you are. My knees always hit the seat in front of me for regular economy.

Posted by
1272 posts

One more vote for it. I am 5'10" and paid for Economy Plus on my United flight to Paris this summer and it was so worth it. Five inches made a huge difference and for the first time I didn't mind the reclined seat in front of me.

Posted by
9343 posts

If you're used to one thing, and then given an extra 5 inches, I think you'll definitely beware of it. Hard not to. Sometimes even an extra inch can mean the difference between misery and pure bliss.

Posted by
970 posts

At 6'3", I'd spend the 97 dollars. That said, much depends on the aircraft and the airline's seating configuration. I recently flew on an American 757 from Boston to Heathrow. It was cramped and passengers complained. The flight back was on an American 767 which had noticeably more legroom. Be aware the airlines often reserve upgrades like Economy Plus for their frequent flliers, or don't make them available at all for certain ticket classes. I believe that's often the case with codeshares.

Posted by
638 posts

OK, so my question is how do you get those 5 inches? Aren't all the seats already booked (usually) on a lot of overseas flights? I live in Germany, travel to Chicago and Orlando and lately there haven't been that many empty seats.

Posted by
21032 posts

You get it by booking the seat or upgrading to the seat. Not all airlines have economy plus (think that is the United phrase) but it is generally the first few rooms in economy.

Posted by
1 posts

When I was an elite member of United, I would get these seats as a matter of course. Now that I am no longer an elite member, I REALLY miss the 5 inches and pay to upgrade as available and as feasible. I'm only 5'6", but the standard economy seats are miserable. If you have a United mileage plus visa card, they have a promotion where you will get 10 miles per dollar instead of the standard 3 miles per dollar if you upgrade. I did mine on the phone, so I'm not sure it applies to United.com purchases. I think this promotion runs through December. FYI, the 3 miles per dollar are credited as usual with you Visa statement. The other 7 once you fly - or so I have been told. I haven't taken the trip yet.

Posted by
361 posts

Just did this on a different route LAX to CDG and since it was Air France they upgraded on that leg to Business Class. The extra 5 inches is well worth it even if you don't get upgraded just divide that by the number by the time you will be in the air, you'll see it is worth it.