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  • Keely 78 posts

    Morning all, looking for a bit of help re seat choice on CW to Costa Rica . Will be 777 so no new seat …don’t really want to pay but would rather be sat together for such a long flight. Seat map shows yingyang style. Currently lots of free seats , although the seat in the last row immediately in front of the bassinet is taken (I’m guessing someone travelling with a baby) and J/K on row one too. Do we go for a pair of window seats (A/B)- or a middle set of rear facing?

    buchanan101 94 posts

    I’d go for A/B – you get the window and one of you only has to climb over the other. Middle set of rear facing sounds horrid – both of you having to climb over a stranger

    Jacob 223 posts

    Similar discussion here https://www.headforpoints.com/forums/topic/seat-selection-with-no-status/

    Btw, the basinet seats are blocked (not usually occupied) until closer to the departure since people with a baby could turn up. Personally I go with A/B too.

    masaccio 777 posts

    I always go A/B but mainly because my other half gets sick coming into land flying backwards. Even so you can always co-ordinate some seat moves on the day as there will be solo travellers. Also a pair of aisle seats are basically next to each other and OK assuming the people in the middle seats are careful getting into the aisle.

    Summary: booking seats in CW is not worth it.

    Keely 78 posts

    @buchanan101 That’s what I thought initially but just wanted get other views .
    Views on row one? Should be better service – but close to the toilets so maybe people loitering…?

    Keely 78 posts

    I always go A/B but mainly because my other half gets sick coming into land flying backwards. Even so you can always co-ordinate some seat moves on the day as there will be solo travellers. Also a pair of aisle seats are basically next to each other and OK assuming the people in the middle seats are careful getting into the aisle.

    Summary: booking seats in CW is not worth it.

    I wanted to ask about this – never flown in a rear facing seat – can you tell you’re going backwards ? I’m that person who gets sick going backwards on a train….

    Keely 78 posts

    @Jacob thanks for the link – I’ll take a look

    SJ 49 posts

    Summary: booking seats in CW is not worth it.

    I wanted to ask about this – never flown in a rear facing seat – can you tell you’re going backwards ? I’m that person who gets sick going backwards on a train….[/quote]

    Had rear facing seats in Club World and QSuites. Take off feels different, but only briefly. Didn’t notice any difference during cursing. Didn’t have a problem with landing either.

    As mentioned above, back row of CW has bassinet seats and will be blocked until closer to flight. These are the only rear-facing seats which don’t require climbing over anyone to get out, so worth checking a few days prior to flying as they may be released.

    masaccio 777 posts

    I wanted to ask about this – never flown in a rear facing seat – can you tell you’re going backwards ? I’m that person who gets sick going backwards on a train….

    I always fly backwards and I don’t think I can tell but then it takes an awful lot to make me travel sick (a properly hairy dive boat for example) but my wife very quickly feels uncomfortable on a train and felt awful landing backwards on an A380 so has never flown that way again. I suspect it’s even just the visual cues from the window that could do it.

    dougzz99 628 posts

    Agree seats not worth paying for.

    I’m one of the minority that like CW because I like flying backwards. The slightly nose up attitude of the plane means your head is slightly elevated, and I find this very comfortable for sleeping, along with the less restricted foot space. Not to say the new seats don’t have advantages too. Backwards a definite thumbs up.

    Keely 78 posts

    @masaccio I’m with your wife – and it seems to be getting worse. I’ll ponder on this for a while. Thanks all for your input .

    Clem Fandango 23 posts

    I wanted to ask about this – never flown in a rear facing seat – can you tell you’re going backwards ? I’m that person who gets sick going backwards on a train….

    I always fly backwards and I don’t think I can tell but then it takes an awful lot to make me travel sick (a properly hairy dive boat for example) but my wife very quickly feels uncomfortable on a train and felt awful landing backwards on an A380 so has never flown that way again. I suspect it’s even just the visual cues from the window that could do it.

    Travelling backwards on a train makes me ill, as do lots of other things (I love diving but am often sick) For some reason flying backwards is fine, even takeoff and landing although it is a little odd the first time you do it.

    I’m going to be controversial and speak up for the middle seat in CW, assuming it’s a row of 3. This seat is always backwards and seems to be rarely booked. But it is a bit wider than other CW seats and is good if you get woken up by aisle traffic.

    If you’re travelling as a couple I would definitely not book CW seats. The worst case scenario is one middle and one aisle. You’ll only ever step over each other, and if you feel queasy you could always swap with your OH.

    NorthernLass 8,222 posts

    We’ve never paid for seats as a family of 3 and never had any issues getting seated together, including getting a forward facing seat for our son who also gets sick flying backwards (as we found to our dismay on his first CW flight aged 6 🤦‍♀️)

    Keely 78 posts

    I wouldn’t normally consider it as I think it’s a rip off . However there was a family of 4 (2 very young children) on my CE flight to Tenerife last week that had been given 4 seats dotted around . They did get three seats together – though the dad had to sit elsewhere (he got the best deal lol) and I started considering it.
    What I found surprising is that they didn’t even know until they got on the flight 😳. I thought everyone checked their boarding passes etc …

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