The number one thing that determines if you have a great flight is the seat next to you being empty. Having that extra space makes everything better, from the friendliness of flight attendants to the tastiness of the snacks.
It turns out you can ensure this happens every time that you fly. With all of the major U.S. airlines you can buy an empty middle seat next to you, and in most cases you can even do this on a cheap basic economy fare. Last year I walked through how to do this with United, American, Delta, and Southwest including the quirks of each.
This may be one of the very best travel tricks, and it turns out it’s one that Kate Middleton knows. The Duchess of Cambridge “often books two plane seats when she flies.” It turns out she does it less for the personal space and more “to hang her clothes on, ensuring they don’t crease.”
“Obviously when we go to the airports, especially when it’s hand luggage only, we’re trying to cram all our toiletries into that plastic bag,” she commented.. ‘[We all know] it’s never big enough.”
The Royal commentator added that she had “been on a plane where Kate’s dresses had their own seat to make sure they were kept flat. They are not going to be shoved in the hole just to be squashed by everyone else’s.”
Since the Royals do fly European low cost carriers this trick is crucial.