What is “preferred seating” on American? I am Platinum on American but am not clear on the difference in legroom between preferred and exit row.
“Preferred seating” is a concept that many airlines have been experimenting with recently, and the concept is evolving and often means different things at different airlines. To most normal passengers, we think that “Preferred seating” should mean a seat with extra legroom, but this is too simplistic for the airlines, and they actually have a fairly different interpretation.
- Bulk-head row
- Exit row
- Window seat
- Aisle seat
- Any seat in rows further forward
- Any seat that is historically selected by more passengers
- Any seat that the airlines decide to set aside for last minute (highest fare, usually people on business that must be on the flight to make a meeting) passengers
- Other criteria that are even less defined
- Exit row seats – for generally more legroom, although sometimes trade-off with slightly narrower seats due to the tray-tables being in the non-moveable arm-rests
- Bulkhead row seats – with no one reclining into them, and sometimes slightly more leg room. The trade off is also potentially narrower seats due to in-armrest table tables and no under-seat storage in front of the seat
- Seats further forward – in order to get off the plane sooner, especially when they have a tight connection at the hub airport
- An aisle seat – so that they can get to the aisle easier, particularly at the end of the flight, where they can get their overhead luggage without being boxed in
- A window seat – at least it is better than the middle seat!