United seating groups

Jul 15th, 2009, 08:20 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 42
United seating groups

While flying on United by myself in an aisle seat, does anyone know which rows would get be in an earlier boarding group? I seem to end up in the last boarding group regardless of if I'm in the front of the plane (Economy Plus) or the back of the plane.

My main issue with this is that I want to ensure space for my carry on bag. I have had problems in the past getting space and having to gate check when in the last boarding group.

patrice123 is offline  
Jul 15th, 2009, 08:31 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 300
It's not by row, it's by status and fare class. If you've got no status and paid a rock-bottom fare, you'll probably end up in the last group again.
EricH is offline  
Jul 15th, 2009, 08:36 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 3,037
Boarding generally goes like this:

* 1Ks, Global Services, First/Business class
* Premier Executive, Star Alliance Gold
* Seating 1: Premier, Star Silver, Purchased Premier Line/Boarding
* Seating 2: Window
* Seating 3: Middle
* Seating 4: Aisle

No guarantees on the overhead space. I boarded a flight last week when Prem Execs were called. I was seated in row 3 but had to put my bag way in the back of the plane...and was just about the last one off.

If you want a better shot at space and are not in Seating 1, I'd suggest booking a window seat.
ms_go is online now  
Jul 15th, 2009, 02:54 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 11,334
Wow, ms_go, there must have been lots of premier execs and 1k-ers on that flight with you ...

I'm glad I'm premier exec so I can (usually) get space above my seat. I don't carry on that much, thank goodness. I always check my bags.

I appreciate the information on seating 2-3-4. I had no idea that is how they are organized! Thanks for that info!
simpsonc510 is offline  
Jul 15th, 2009, 03:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 3,037
Carol, from a few boarding passes I saw, I suspect what really happened in that situation was the agent (at RDU) called the seating areas correctly but was letting everyone board. Some agents go by the book, and some don't.
ms_go is online now  
Jul 16th, 2009, 10:41 AM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 11,334
I got cha... I just found it hard to believe that overhead space was already mostly taken.

I've been on flts where those who sit in the back, but board in the early groups, shove their carryons into the bins at the front of the plane. BIN HOGS!!! Shame on them (surely NONE of them are here on fodors....lol)
simpsonc510 is offline  
Jul 17th, 2009, 12:05 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 485
I'm not a "frequent" United flyer, but do fly them a couple times per year and like is stated above, if you have no status with the airline and book an aisle seat, you will be in seating area 4. If having overhead space is of parmount importance, you have a better chance if you book a window. Or aternatively, pay extra for Premier Line and you will be in group 1.
Miramar is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:43 PM.