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Buying Even More Space seats at gate

Old Sep 17, 2019, 9:38 am
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Buying Even More Space seats at gate

When is the latest one can possibly upgrade to even more space seats for a fee? Is the cost cheaper buying online, at check-in, or at gate?

I'm trying to guarantee an open middle seat, but wouldn't pay for extra legroom if it'll end up being occupied.
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 6:56 am
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Employee here - I don’t know about the fees but it’s going to be hard to guarantee an empty middle seat if there are non-revs on the flight.
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 7:06 am
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Cost is the same regardless of purchase time. The latest I've seen is on the flight. Someone paid to move to an EMS seat during a flight about a week before Thanksgiving last year (JFK-MSY) right after takeoff. Row only had a window seat taken.

My answer is that you will never be able to guarantee an open middle and you're just playing roulette.
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Old Sep 18, 2019, 8:25 am
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You can purchase EMS onboard. The FAs can charge your CC on their iPad like any onboard purchase.

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Old Sep 20, 2019, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by GW McLintock
You can purchase EMS onboard. The FAs can charge your CC on their iPad like any onboard purchase.

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So in that case if you use the JetBlue Plus credit card, will you pay 50% less than had you purchased EMS before boarding?
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Old Sep 20, 2019, 11:45 am
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Originally Posted by carraher
So in that case if you use the JetBlue Plus credit card, will you pay 50% less than had you purchased EMS before boarding?
The 50% discount is only for eligible onboard food and beverage purchases.

When they first switched to the MC with this benefit, people got EMS with the discount; they caught on pretty quickly.

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Old Sep 24, 2019, 12:40 pm
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If you want to guarantee an open middle seat, I would wait until boarding is complete and then ask the FA to upgrade to a row with empty seats. However, even that won't be a guarantee because if someone has tv or neighbor issues, there is likelihood someone will be moved mid-flight.
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Old Oct 17, 2021, 6:36 pm
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Originally Posted by RWPrincess
If you want to guarantee an open middle seat, I would wait until boarding is complete and then ask the FA to upgrade to a row with empty seats. However, even that won't be a guarantee because if someone has tv or neighbor issues, there is likelihood someone will be moved mid-flight.

I think this is a good plan - upgrade if there is an empty row. I got EWR-SXM, and SXM-EWR flight in summer. They want $70+ for extra 3 inches. I think I will pass on it, unless I can get empty row vs one with 3 people full in a row.
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Old Nov 2, 2021, 9:10 am
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Tried to look for a discounted EMS seat but flight attendants said there's no more in flight upgrades to EMS. Bummer
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Old Nov 3, 2021, 6:52 pm
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I fly JFK LAX often. Haven't seen a plane that had open middle seats in awhile.
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Old Nov 3, 2021, 6:54 pm
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Originally Posted by bgasser
I fly JFK LAX often. Haven't seen a plane that had open middle seats in awhile.
I flew JetBlue 4x in September and all flights had open middle seats -- in fact, only one did I have anyone else in my row.

In October I flew Delta 2x and both flights were completely full.

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