Trying to outsmart seat allocation — TPG UK staff travel mistake story

Sep 8, 2019

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We continue to bring you the best and worst of TPG UK’s own travel stories. Recently we brought you the amazing perks of our General Manager Christian Kramer’s Gold Guest List status in British Airways’ Executive Club programme.

Christian is an expert in the Oneworld alliance, but even he sometimes comes unstuck. This week, we share his unfortunate experience on American Airlines.

“On a recent American Airlines flight in economy from Charlotte (CLT) to London (LHR), I moved my seat five times in the last two hours before the flight, as the handy Expert Flyer tool suggested that there were going to be a number of empty seats on the plane and I was very keen to have an empty seat next to me.

I used Expert Flyer to keep monitoring which seats were empty and moved myself on the AA app when someone appeared next to me. In the end, I didn’t end up having an empty seat next to me (though a handful of people did). Whilst not technically a mistake, I caused myself quite a bit of stress and angst when I should have just accepted that I might get lucky or not.”

No matter how closely you monitor the seat map of any flight, it can change at the last minute and your carefully selected seat might end up being undesirable. You can always try asking a check-in agent how full your flight is, and if there are plenty of seats, they may agree to block a seat next to you to give you some more space. If you have status with the airline or its partners, this may help when you plead your case.

If you’d like your own travel stories shared on TPG UK, we would love to hear them.

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