Many airlines are now making you pay to choose your seat – a fact that annoys Brits, but does keep the cost of a ticket down.
Well, now there's a travel hack that will apparently get you a better seat without paying a penny.
Most of us are looking for ways to save on travel with the cost-of-living crisis and adding bags, seat choices and food to a journey can double the price.
Luckily, there are still some tricks of the airline trade out there.
If you really need to be sat with a specific person on a plane or have your eyes on a particular seat, going through the conventional reservation route is the safest way to go.
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It can cost between £2 and £20 to do this though so if you're willing to take a bit of a risk then there's an easy booking hack that can help you you secure a seat with more room.
But, it can go wrong and end up with you sitting separately from your companions.
In a video posted on their TikTok profile, seasoned travellers Oskar and Dan @oskaranddan offered an insight into the handy booking tip that may bag you a row with just you and your pal or partner.
They said: "Of course, you want to fly next to your travel companion but it's not very comfortable if you also have some stranger sitting next to you for hours.
"That's why you should always book yourselves in the window and aisle seats".
The rule can work for rules of three, when the middle one is left empty, open for other travellers to book it.
According to savvy travellers, leaving this seat empty means that passengers can enjoy extra space without any added fees.
They explained: "If your flight isn't full there's a high chance the seat won't be taken and you can enjoy the whole row to yourselves."
Even if the seat is booked by a stranger, it's more than likely that they would be happy to swap with the person on the aisle or window seat, so there's still a chance you'll be able to sit together.
Unfortunately, seat politics on planes can get tricky.
Posting in the Reddit's 'Stolen Seats' section, one woman shared her satisfaction after a family tried to take her booked seats.
The woman wrote: "We get on to find that a family is in our seats. The parents won't even look up at us.
“The teen daughter mumbles that she got there first and just sat down.
“They were in our A-B-C seats. They were supposed to be D-E-F."
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She continued: “They were clearly not moving, and the seats were identical so we just sat in their D-E-F seats. Whatever, not worth worrying about.
"Well, until the mum who initially refused to even look at us leaned over to ask me if our USB and outlets were working.
“Yes, while I had headphones on.
"'Why yes, yes they are.' 'Oh my, are yours not?' 'None of them?' 'Isn't that a shame?
“Especially since we sat on the runway for a bit over an hour and it is a long flight. I imagine batteries are getting low.' Hello Karma."
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