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Worth it to try and upgrade to C+ from Exit Row?

Worth it to try and upgrade to C+ from Exit Row?

Old Jan 10, 19, 12:35 pm
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Worth it to try and upgrade to C+ from Exit Row?

Iím a GM and am flying economy on a V fare with a companion from HNL to NRT and have exit row seats.

Should I request an upgrade to C+ as it looks like thereís quite a few seats available or should I just stay in the exit row?

Is there any other benefit to being in C+ besides earlier boarding? It would be less legroom and Iím not sure it worth risking my companion being placed in a middle seat or something.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 1:17 pm
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I am assuming you are on one of the 767 versions. I faced a similar dilemma on my recent flight. Be aware that they may do an equipment swap for a different version on the day of flight. Location of lav, limited recline in exit row seats and rock hard exit row seats are things to consider. No difference in service. With the version I initially had, given the available seats and lav location I thought exit row was better for the legroom despite rock hard seat. I unchecked the upgrade box and waited until day of flight to know which version I would have. They did an equipment swap to a version with a more favorable C+ section, I checked the box and received an upgrade to bulkhead aisle (despite being a hard bulkhead had ample legroom).
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Old Jan 10, 19, 1:46 pm
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Originally Posted by browan04 View Post
Iím a GM and am flying economy on a V fare with a companion from HNL to NRT and have exit row seats.

Should I request an upgrade to C+ as it looks like thereís quite a few seats available or should I just stay in the exit row?

Is there any other benefit to being in C+ besides earlier boarding? It would be less legroom and Iím not sure it worth risking my companion being placed in a middle seat or something.
You could end up in a middle seat in c+. Your choice. If you are riding with a companion, and have exit row, I am guessing you are in the 2 seat side. Therefore, no middle seat.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:02 pm
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Alcoholic beverages are offered in C+ at no additional cost, if you choose to indulge that could easily save you $20+.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Wimsta View Post
Alcoholic beverages are offered in C+ at no additional cost, if you choose to indulge that could easily save you $20+.
HNL-NRT would have free alcohol in all classes of service as its international
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by vincentharris View Post
HNL-NRT would have free alcohol in all classes of service as its international
Good point, this wouldn't be an extra benefit in this case.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 2:56 pm
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Assuming this trip is before the new boarding groups kick in, youíll board at the same time at C+ since youíre GM. Iíd keep the exit row either way.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 3:00 pm
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C+ is basically useless honestly in comparison to exit row. I would stick with the exit row for sure.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 3:12 pm
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Originally Posted by vincentharris View Post
C+ is basically useless honestly in comparison to exit row. I would stick with the exit row for sure.
Also in my anecdotal experience C+ will be jam packed while several empty seats (especially middle ones on 3-3 planes) in Y.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 3:12 pm
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I never sit C+ for international long hauls only exit row seats. To get around the rock seats get yourself a butt pillow: https://www.thermarest.com/seating/lite-seat
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Old Jan 10, 19, 3:25 pm
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Based on location and legroom, I don't think you'll do better, and run the risk of doing worse, going from a twosey to a three-seater.

The thing that gives me pause is nine hours in that lightly padded seat in the exit row. I find that seat pretty hard and uncomfortable, and for a longer flight like HNL-NRT, I would want the more padded regular seat or remember to bring a pillow as suggested by FlyingUnderTheRadar above. In fact, I have one just like the one pictured, you squish out the air by rolling it up when you aren't using it, and mine came with a carrying case and a patch to fix holes with.

A minor quibble would be some exit row seats have no window, if you like that sort of thing.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 8:58 pm
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Exit row aisle is always my first pick. C+ bulkhead is also nice. Careful with window seats in the exit row. The door often juts out into your legroom.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 9:25 pm
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Originally Posted by apodo77 View Post

Also in my anecdotal experience C+ will be jam packed while several empty seats (especially middle ones on 3-3 planes) in Y.
This has been my dilemma. I do AMS-EBB several times per year. I actually just bypass the free C+ upgrade and usually shoot for the aisle seats in the middle section (nobody wants those middles), in the rear half of the plane. Usually lots of empty seats, even rows, while C+ is jammed packed full due to the automatic upgrades.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 7:36 am
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We have an intl trip on 764 coming up. We did NOT pick the exit row as there is the chance of hard seat issues. Having two seats together is our #1 priority. We picked two rows behind c+ on both flights. We will deal with less room between rows just fine. Neither of us is over 5'10" so that helps a bit.
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