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Lee Moreau Oct 31, 13 1:20 pm

Booked 3 tickets together, is it worth paying for seat selection on WestJet?
 
I'm travelling to Miami next Wednesday with 2 other people. We used Kayak.com and booked through FlightNetwork all 3 tickets together. I don't know if I can even pay to pick seats as WestJet doesn't give me the option.

Either way, right now when I try to book with WestJet directly, it shows at least half the plane with seats as available, like maybe 60% of them showing available all together. I don't particularly care where we sit but it would be nice to have the 3 of us together.

Does anyone know if it's worth spending the money to pick our seats, or would they generally put 3 people that booked together all together in 3 seats? Just had issues with that before with SunWing where they spread us out, (and I had even paid to pick my seat and didn't get it, was told they can still move us around). So I just get concerned as not sitting together isn't the end of the world but just curious if they typically put us together.

Also I know you can pick your seat 24 hours before departure at check in time. When you do that, if it shows available seats, are they only unbooked ones or ones people haven't paid for? Or does it show all seats even if someone hasn't checked in? Like I mean if exactly 24 hours before I log in, would I have potentially more selection than say 4 hours before? Or at the 24 hour point does the system just assign everyone seats? Never understood if seats get automatically assigned at the 24 hour mark (or even before), or if it's only when someone checks in? Thanks!

Doc Savage Oct 31, 13 1:27 pm

Check in at T-24 and you have a reasonable chance.

Black Adder Oct 31, 13 3:06 pm

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injera Nov 1, 13 6:35 am

I think 'worth it' is a relative term depending on how much you have to/want to sit together. If you "absolutely have to" then yes, its worth it. If "it would be nice but not necessary" than save your $$ for some frozen drinks.

My sister gets intense anxiety on planes and its much easier for her to sit with someone she knows so will naturally shell out the extra $$ to do so. While I love my wife, its not that important to us on a short flight so we save our money and roll the dice.

It's up to you.

Lee Moreau Nov 1, 13 7:32 am

Thanks so much everyone that's a huge help. My main question I guess was if at T-24 as you call it, if all the seats are generally wide open until people start checking in, meaning I'd have a very good chance. But it sounds like they get assigned as they are booked and so on. I'll probably just pay the money then to make it less of a hassle, plus I can put us more near the back closer to the washroom since I always have to go non stop :)

slawecki Nov 1, 13 3:09 pm

you do not mention how long this flight be. this an 18 hour flight to be apart? if you are lucky, you or one of your party will sit next to someone as interesting and as exciting as ME!

Renaldo Nov 4, 13 9:48 am

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Originally Posted by slawecki (Post 21710049)
you do not mention how long this flight be. this an 18 hour flight to be apart? if you are lucky, you or one of your party will sit next to someone as interesting and as exciting as ME!



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