Sometimes one seat is just not enough. You may need to purchase an additional seat if:
- You need to transport a piece of baggage in the cabin, such as a musical instrument.
- You have two or more pieces of baggage on your person and wish to guarantee they will be transported on the same flight as you.
- If a passenger’s physical build exceeds the dimensions of a standard size seat.
The rules of this service may vary from airline to airline and may not exist on certain flights, so make sure you contact Alternative Airlines with your specific requests and let us know that you wish to purchase two seats next to each other. Some general regulations are as follows.
- In the case of date change penalties, charges will apply for each ticket purchased in accordance with the conditions of each ticket.
- To apply for the service there must be two seats available that are side by side. Please contact Alternative Airlines if you require two seats next to each other.
- If you have an extra piece of baggage, the contents of the piece of baggage must not compromise flight safety under any circumstances. The piece will be subject to a thorough revision by the airline before being boarded. The piece of baggage must be properly packaged and should not exceed 75 kg and be no larger than 80 linear inches (height+width+length).
- If the customer goes to the ticket counter without a ticket for the extra seat, the available commercial fare will apply in accordance with normal procedures.
Please read some examples of regulations from the world’s biggest airlines:
Alaska Airlines requires a second seat to be bought for any passenger who can’t “comfortably fit within one seat with the armrests in the down position.” If you buy a second seat in advance, and your flights all take off with at least one seat available, you can get a refund for the cost of the second seat. For those who haven’t purchased a second seat in advance, you may do so the day of your flight; if two seats aren’t available together, you might need to take a later flight.
American Airlines requires passengers to buy another seat if they need a seatbelt extension and their body “extends more than 1 inch beyond the outermost edge of the armrest.” The airline recommends that you buy both seats during your original booking (at the same rate). If you don’t book two seats in advance, you will be responsible for any fare difference on a second seat purchased the day of your flight. If the airline can’t accommodate you on your scheduled flight, the airline will let you purchase two seats on a later flight for the same price as your original seats.
Delta recommends but does not require that obese passengers book an additional seat. “If you are unable to sit in your seat without encroaching into the seat next to you while the armrest is down, please ask the agent if they can reseat you next to an empty seat,” the airline says on its website. You can also pay to upgrade to first or business class. If no empty seats are available, you may need to wait for a later flight.