Why you don’t have to pay to reserve your seats on a plane – unless you’re flying Ryanair


The consumer group, Which? has come out all guns blazing on the issue of payment for seat selection on airlines. Research by its Travel magazine found that, in 86 per cent of cases, paying extra for allocated seating is a waste of money, because you would be seated next to at least one of your travelling companions even if you didn’t opt to pay. 

This, however, was an average percentage based on the ten most popular airlines which charge for seating. The figure for Ryanair was only 46 per cent. So, while Ryanair has denied that it actively splits up groups of passengers who don’t pay to select seats (though it has said it tries to keep window and aisle seats free), this survey suggests that,…

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