Economy Plus vs Economy exit row

Which do you think would be the most comfortable for a long haul trip
BA's Economy Plus or the exit rows in economy class? Know the Economy Plus costs more, and it's $150 extra for the exit seats in economy. But that aside, what would give you the better rest?

Posted by Swan
Napa, CA
3182 posts

The exit rows are often very near the toilets. The traffic in that area could be a bother. Other than that...there seems to be plenty of foot room. Economy plus is somewhat roomy, but maybe not roomy enough for tall pax.

Posted by Mike
Gilbert, AZ
71 posts

You may want to check the seating chart on before you pay extra for a seat that may have other issues. Good luck

Posted by Marie
San Diego, CA, United States
862 posts

The problem with the exit rows at the beginning the economy class is that there is no overhead storage - guess where the oxygen is stored, yup, above your seat. While this is not always the case seatguru will clarify this. Also, it can be chilly by the door when you're trying to sleep, bothersome but not terrible. The bathroom line can be annoying if you choose the aisle seat. So...if you can snag that window exit row seat it's so worth it especially if you're moderately tall.

Posted by Debra
Celina, TX, USA
206 posts

On our last trip to UK, my husband and I took the plunge and purchased economy plus. In my opinion, it was well worth the added expense. In fact, we have purchased economy plus tickets for our next trip. Even though I am 5 ft, I still find it difficult to sit comfortably in regular seats. The extra space allowed me to recline without bothering the person behind me. I know this, because when the person in front of me reclined, they weren't in my lap. Another perk was the adjustable foot rest, excellent for my short legs. I actually slept soundly for the first time ever.

Posted by Michael
Des Moines, IA
2193 posts

Just check seatguru as others have suggested. Other problems not already mentioned with some exit row seats on some equipment might include tray tables that fold into arm (narrower seat), no floor storage under seat, and no window. It really depends on the aircraft...check it out first.

Posted by Jeff
Bend, OR, United States
1161 posts

Many airlines now reserve exit rows for their elite level passengers or count or charge extra for them. If you can get one for no charge take it.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
9073 posts

JR knows they charge extra for exit rows,, he actually says so in his thread,, its 150 dollars extra.. Point becomes , how more extra would you pay for Economy Plus... I personally do not like exit rows, the table is in your armrest ,, and I have been cold in them as there is a draft from the door . Also ecomomy plus often has wider seats, exit row seats are not wider . If you can afford Economy plus , and its only a bit more then exit row(say an extra 2-300 I would take ecomomy plus... I ended up paying 4oo extra on another airline last year ,, and loved it.. I find it worth it.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
6426 posts

BA's Economy Plus (WT+) includes better food and entertainment systems as well as a wider seat and a bit more leg room. MIT generally costs considerably more but not always. Exit Row just gets you more leg roomin front but there may be other issues, so checkmSeat Guru as advised by others. If you just want a bit more room in a quiet area, checkout the Duo seats at the back, if you are on a 747. The last three rows are 2-4-2 instead of 3-4-3, and those Duo seats give you more sideways room ( but no extralegal room forward).

Posted by Joel
Tempe, AZ, USA
1012 posts

JR - On BA exit row seat tray and movie screen are stashed in the armrest. This takes away a little room on the seat width. Also in the 747 2-4-2 configuration this row is used for families traveling with an infant, so a bassinet can be used.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
8055 posts

Exit rows offer more room but sometimes the seat doesn't recline. When choosing, check out seat guru for your Airline and flight number. It will give you pertinent information on each potential problem seat in the plane.