Is Row 1 CE worth striving for?

Old May 29, 19, 9:10 am
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Is Row 1 CE worth striving for?

Hi,

As an infrequent BA traveller, we have 3 x CE flights coming up in August/September. As a QF Gold (OWS) I have preselected row 2 - row 1 is blocked presumably for BA Gold/OWE. Is it worth watching for Row 1 to open up closer to departure, or be happy with what we have?
Sometimes legroom in bulkhead seats can be compromised - not sure about BA aircraft though. The flights (if it makes a difference are:
LGW - GOA A320
VCE - LHR A321
LHR - GVA A319

Thanks.
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Old May 29, 19, 9:16 am
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It depends on the length of your legs, you get more knee room is Row 1 but less 'stretch your leg' room.

I prefer row 2 as you can stretch your legs under the seat in front, however lots of people like row 1 too. If nothing else, it shows the hoi polloi your status level.
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Old May 29, 19, 9:17 am
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Row one is good apart from 1C, which probably the most bumped into seat on the aircraft, especially during boarding. Other row 1 seats are good though for the minimal extra space, plus getting served first.

On some LGW 320 1DEF is missing, which means that there is no bulkhead between row 1 ABC and the door - great if you're very tall, but some people don't like it as you're staring right at the crew for TTOL.

I think row 1 is open for everyone around 3 days in advance. If not, don't worry about being stuck in row 2.
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Old May 29, 19, 9:25 am
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don't forget you have to put all bags / coats etc. up in the lockers for take-off and landing in Row 1, nothing on the floor - annoying if you like to keep a bag near you: one reason I don't book Row 1 if travelling with the kids!
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Old May 29, 19, 9:28 am
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I prefer row 1. I'm 6'2 and don't have a problem with leg room though I prefer it more that no one can recline into me.
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Old May 29, 19, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by bhbloke View Post
It depends on the length of your legs, you get more knee room is Row 1 but less 'stretch your leg' room.

I prefer row 2 as you can stretch your legs under the seat in front, however lots of people like row 1 too. If nothing else, it shows the hoi polloi your status level.
Glad I am not the only one to think this! I was kindly TCP'ed into Row 1 on a TP run to HEL earlier this year and loved the extra knee space but really missed the stretch space, I think that I would have to think hard if I was offered Row 1 again instead of Row 2.
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Old May 29, 19, 9:56 am
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Agreed - always go for row 2 or 3, as you can stretch out a little more, especially on the longer shorthaul flights like IST.
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I used to be a 100% fan of row 1, but Iím realising that half the time, itís a struggle to get your stuff into the locker above the row, typically because thereís crew stuff in there or (some older A321s) itís use for some equipment or other. Row 2 doesnít have that issue in my experience.
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Old May 29, 19, 9:58 am
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I'm 6' 3" and would always choose 1A, D or F if I can. Clearly it requires early boarding to ensure some locker space above the row, but the extra overall space and lack of someone else reclining into me makes it better for me.

OP - yes, you're right in that Row 1 (and sometimes some other rows) are blocked for OWE
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Old May 29, 19, 10:02 am
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Agreed with of some of the above comments. I am 6'2" and the upper part of my leg (above the knee) is long enough that I despise sitting in any other row just because it is very tight with my knees almost knocking into the seatback. So, row 1 is a dream for me at least.
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Old May 29, 19, 10:06 am
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I can't see the attraction of Row 1.
Limited locker space, bashed by the backpacks and constant traffic for the lavatories.
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Old May 29, 19, 10:09 am
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Originally Posted by mikem004 View Post
I can't see the attraction of Row 1.
Limited locker space, bashed by the backpacks and constant traffic for the lavatories.
Completely agree, row 2 for me.
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Old May 29, 19, 10:20 am
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If I have checked my bag which I am doing more and more on shorthaul I'll go for row 1 as I'm finding I only have to wait on average an extra 5 minutes at the belt for my bag without the stress of dragging it around and finding overhead space over row 1. With a carry on however I'll book Row 3 aisle and with theoretical seating I normally get no one in the window seat next to me so I move over and don't need to trouble any one if I do need to get out of my seat
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Old May 29, 19, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by bhbloke View Post
If nothing else, it shows the hoi polloi your status level.
Just an idle observation from my favoured row 2 : as the procession of ‘higher group numbered’ passengers shuffle past on their way to the cheap seats at the back, quite a few of them pause to give Row 1 (specifically) that sort of ‘you’re a bit of a knob’ eyeballing ...
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Old May 29, 19, 10:22 am
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I wouldn't say row 1 is worth striving for (I probably wouldn't setup an expertflyer free seat alert)- but if it's available when I book then I'll absolutely go for it. I find the non-exit row seats I have near zero clearance for my knees to the seat in front, whereas in row 1 it's comfortable.
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