Looking at your seat assignment

I've never gone on line and checked this out before a flight, and I see that many of you do. We will be flying United Airlines the end of June - how do I go about checking how full the plane is, etc? Thanks.

Posted by Robert
Liberty, Missouri
96 posts

Go to the United.com website. Click on the reservations tab at the top of the page. The down menu will give you a list of options that includes something like "view and change reservations". Click on that, then enter your reservation number and name and up should come your reservation. Then click on the tab that says view seats. And you should have the seat maps for all of your flights.

Posted by Southam
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
909 posts

These seat maps are only a rough guide to capacity. Some airlines hold seats back until the last minute, or reservations may be cancelled. If you have been assigned a seat you don't like, get to the airport well in advance and ask at check-in for an adjustment.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6826 posts

It's hard to know how full a plane is. Those seat assignment maps only show how many passenger have selected seats. There will always be lots of passengers who have purchased tickets to that flight but haven't been assigned a seat yet.

Posted by Michael
Des Moines, IA
2155 posts

Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't, but carriers can and will change your seat assignments without notice, so it's a good idea to keep checking on it prior to your trip if that is a concern for you. You can normally change your seats yourself online without charge after your initial selection right up until check-in. Also, use seatguru.com to locate the best seats for any aircraft on any carrier. There's another thread at present regarding similar topics...you may want to read it.

Posted by Stacey
Kansas City
111 posts

When I checked my flights 2 days ago, the one from London to Atlanta had no unassigned seats except in first class. When I booked 5 months before the flight, there were no 2 seats together, so my husband and I are across an aisle from one another. There was a message on the Delta website that said if you had not chosen a seat, one would be assigned to you at check in. If everyone with tickets for that flight have not chosen seats, what are the chances that the flight is oversold?

Posted by Christi
Whitsett, TX, United States
398 posts

"When I checked my flights 2 days ago, the one from London to Atlanta had no unassigned seats except in first class. When I booked 5 months before the flight, there were no 2 seats together, so my husband and I are across an aisle from one another. There was a message on the Delta website that said if you had not chosen a seat, one would be assigned to you at check in. If everyone with tickets for that flight have not chosen seats, what are the chances that the flight is oversold?" @Stacy - we love being across the aisle from each other - I am big fan of aisle seats - hate being blocked in. Oh - and pretty much EVERY flight is oversold if they can these days!

Posted by Michael
Des Moines, IA
2155 posts

The airlines have become quite adept at figuring out how to ensure planes are completely full these days, so the chances of your flight being oversold are probably nearing 100%. Gone are the days of half-full flights. When I was doing a lot of traveling on business back in the early 90s, I was shocked even then that an airline would actually incur the expense of flying a plane with only 3 passengers (no joke...late night Southwest 737 from OKC to MCI) or another with only 25 (late night Delta 757 from ATL to MCI). Those two are stuck in my memory as the epitome of utter waste and mismanagement, but I got to where I was going, so I was fine with it. That would never happen now. As for aisle seats, I agree that they are the best choice IMHO.

Posted by Sharon
Santa Rosa, CA, USA
892 posts

Thanks for the information. I just logged in to check on our seat reservations - they are there. We are in Coach Plus on United and I notice that one of the aisle seats is toward the front with no seat in front of it - probably seems good - lots of leg room. I've been put in this seat before and hate not having a pocket in front of me to keep things in. But, my husband likes it so he will probably take this seat. I'll keep checking all this as the flight gets closer and thank you all for coaching me through this.

Posted by Steve
Gaston, Oregon, USA
869 posts

Sharon, since you now understnd that you can log in and change your seat assignments, why not check them out? Go to SeatGuru.com. Go to their "browse airlines" tab. Put in the info for your flight,airline, etc. Go to the seat maps. Mouse over your assigned seats, and read the info. If one does not look good, find a good one that is open on your flight, and change your seat. I never buy a flight/ticket/seat until I check it out FIRST, on Seat Guru. We got Economy PLus seat on our UA flight this May. I had to carefully pick out some of these seats. Some were lots better than others.

Posted by Jeff
Bend, OR, United States
1145 posts

On the United website if you see a seat better than the one are currently assigned you can make the change yourself at any time.

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1333 posts

hi, i would reserve my seats As Soon As Possible (ASAP). also, you wont really know how full the flight is until they close the door. If you still want to know as the Flight Attendant (FA) once you board. happy trails.