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British Airways Seat Selection

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I used FF miles to book flights from Prague to LIH (Kauai, Hawaii). We would have gladly used an additional 30,000 miles each to upgrade to business/first class, but it was only available on the Los Angeles to Hawaii leg—not for the 11 hour-and-twenty-minute haul from London to LAX.

Here’s the dilemma and question. It is free to choose seats on the British Airways flights (Prague to Heathrow—and Heathrow to LAX) but only if these are selected within 24 hours of departure. To choose our two seats now, the cost would range from $74 (for standard coach seats) to $182 (for standard coach seat in prime locations). FYI, this is only for the London to L.A. leg. I don’t care where I sit for 2-1/2 hours from Prague to London.

It is an enormous plane, with two levels. When I look at the seating chart, 99% of the seats are available. Only a few of the exit rows have been reserved. I’m trying to decide if it’s worth $182 to guarantee that we’ll sit together and have an aisle seat. I would hate to get stuck in middle seats for more eleven hours. But I would also hate to pay $182 and find there are entire open rows!

I know every flight will be different. But I’m curious if anyone waited until 24 before departure to choose their seats and if so, were the good seats all taken instantly?

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