Travel experts say it’s easy to get extra legroom on flights without paying more

Insiders are often sharing flight secrets to help nab passengers get the most out of their journey, from packing tips to nabbing those coveted upgrades.

Now, travel experts have revealed how you could bag extra legroom – without needing to pay for First Class, or fork out the extra fees in Economy that airlines often charge for those who want the extra space.

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Previously one insider had already shared a handy Google Flights hack – but these extra tips can help put the odds in your favour.

The team at Travel Lens have revealed their go-to hacks, from planning ahead to the seats that often get forgotten about by fellow passengers.

Check out their tips below…

1. Avoid checking in early

If you’re flying alone or with someone but are fine sitting on your own, then it’s worth taking a risk and checking in once the majority of other passengers have.

There may be seats with extra room available which the airline is then happy to allocate to the remaining passengers for free. (Some people also try this hack for free upgrades!).

2. Use frequent flyer schemes

If you travel regularly and often use the same airline, it’s worth asking whether they have any schemes which reward returning customers. These often include perks such as additional legroom, hand luggage and speedy boarding – and often, membership to these schemes is free.

3. Choose front row seats

Most airlines will charge extra for seats on the front row, but this isn’t always the case for larger planes which have separating walls between cabins. These seats face a blank wall, but do often have extra legroom!

4. Take a risk

If you're travelling with a partner or friend, you could try and get a row to yourselves for free. Simply book the window and aisle seat – it's unlikely other passengers will book the seat in the middle. Of course this comes with the risk that if the flight is fully booked, you may find yourselves either side of a stranger – in which case, you'll need to ask very nicely if they're willing to switch so you can sit together.

5. Get seat notifications

There are apps and websites available which send you notifications when a better seat becomes available on a flight. If it is time to check in and a roomier seat is available, there’s no harm in asking staff members on the desk if you could move to this seat, as they may agree to it.

Seat Alerts by Expert Flyer is a popular choice with travellers.

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