New Zealand Woman’s Weekly
IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD RESERVED SPECIFIC AIRLINE SEATS ONLINE, THEN THINK AGAIN
You’ve heard that if you book an economy class airline fare for your family on an international long-haul flight there is no guarantee you’ll be seated together. This astonishes you. Is it correct? Yes, this is a possibility. As with our domestic airlines, many international airlines may actually charge you more if you want a guarantee to be seated together. So if you are booking economy seats online, read the conditions very carefully. It would be a shock if you found out only when you read your boarding passes that you and those you were travelling with were not together for a 12-hour flight. There have been rare cases where even children have been separated from their parents. The larger the group, the bigger the risk. You may decide to pay more to ensure you are not split up, although that is not always necessary. If you are booking through an agent, make your wishes clear. If you do not wish your travelling group to be split up on the plane, make it a condition of your booking. Then it is the responsibility of the agent to ensure you are seated together. But this may reduce your flight options.