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Airline Seats

Video | United Airbus A319 – Economy Plus Seat 7D

Jake Redman January 13, 2011


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On January 13, 2011
Last modified:January 13, 2011

Summary:

Airline: United Airlines
Aircraft: Airbus 319
Seat: 7D – Bulkhead
Class: Economy Plus

The Seat: The crew at SeatExpert tells us that some might prefer the economy bulkhead row aboard this United Airbus A319 better over  first class. I just HAD to see for myself. So I quickly got over my lack of status with United Airlines…then bought some (which you can’t do anymore) and put myself in this allegedly roomy seat. What I found is very similar to the bulkheads in similar short-haul Airbus and Boeing planes (eg: Delta A320 or this Alaska Airlines 737-800) in the bulkhead behind first class with one difference…The wall. While that may sound constricting, it’s really not at all. Because this seat is also in the Economy Plus portion of the main cabin, they’ve given a few more inches than a typical bulkhead row and a good sized cutout that you can stretch your legs under and into first class.

Service: I must have been wearing my nice sweater because the flight attendant in first class leaned into economy and handed me an orange juice after declines from her premium passengers. I loved it but I think I heard my jealous neighbor grumble a little. Service otherwise was standard if not a little friendlier than normal. Service on the phone, on the other hand… was atrocious. I had blundered a date when booking my itinerary online and upon calling was met with unintelligible telephone agents with little or no knowledge of how to handle the situation. I’m sure I’ve had better with United. Perhaps I just got them on a bad night. Lesson learned: Triple check my reservation information before clicking “Buy”.

Notes: No wi-fi? Really United?

Summary: Great row of seats on either side of the aisle. Your tray table will be in the armrest so you have slightly less width but if you’re taller, these are most likely the best seats on the plane. United and JetBlue rule the extra legroom market in the US right now and charge modest amounts for these premium seats (particularly when compared to the seemingly over-hyped, over-priced “Main Cabin Select” option on Virgin America).

Rating: 4 hops (of 5).

Strategy: You can either earn elite status with United …or  you can just buy it. United offers their “Premiere Travel” option for individual itineraries that gives you access to premium seating and other perks like early boarding, premiere security lanes (where available) and up to 2 checked bags …or you could just opt to purchase an Economy Plus upgrade.

How I got it: Purchased Premiere Status ($80 for our flight from New York to Minneapolis with a connection in Chicago).

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