In-Flight Seating

Travel App Review: SeatGuru – Flight seat info

SeatGuru is a travel app developed by TripAdvisor as a companion to the SeatGuru website. It is a must have for any Flashpacking fiend who wants to maximize their in flight experience. It provides a comprehensive overview about virtually ever type of aircraft used across every major commercial airline that one would deem to be useful from a travelling standpoint – specifically flight seat info.

SeatGuru App Launch Screen (iOS version shown)

SeatGuru App Launch Screen (iOS version shown)

Eliminate the guesswork when given the option of selecting your seats on a flight by being able to determine not only the location of the seat aboard an aircraft, but other essential information such as legroom, onboard amenities, WiFi, proximity to lavatories, and more. Many airlines have now started charging for advance seat selection as an ancillary fee so having knowledge of the different type of seating arrangements is key.

SeatGuru App Home Screen

SeatGuru App Home Screen

The app provides a number features, but the one you’ll find yourself using most is the “Seat Map Advice” function. By bringing this up, you’ll be able to search for your flight and all other relevant accompanying information about the aircraft.

Find seating information about your flight.

Find seating information about your flight.

Once you’ve entered your flight info, the app will display some general information about the aircraft type.

Aircraft Seat Map

Aircraft Seat Map

Aircraft Info

Aircraft Info

Aircraft Photo

Aircraft Photo

One of the key things apart from the seating chart I find is the ability to tell whether the aircraft comes equipped with an onboard AC power outlet. There’s nothing more essential than being able to power your devices especially on those long haul flights.

The seating chart is quite in-depth at being able to provide very specific info about the types in seating in the various fare classes available as well as advantages & disadvantages on seating location and placement. Exit rows are often popular seating selections for added legroom but use the app to find alternate options such as areas between fare class sections which are often buffered by additional space.

Seating Chart

Seating Chart

Green seat details

Green seat details

Yellow seat details

Yellow seat details

Overall SeatGuru is a solid travel app that provides comprehensive information about a flight at your fingertips. It’s especially useful in situations where you might not have opted in for advance seat selection and find yourself checking-in in person or at a kiosk and unsure of where you want to sit.

Get a view of what your flight seating looks like.

Get a view of what your flight seating looks like.

The app also features a flight search engine powered by Trip Advisor’s own flight pricing search aggregator and includes “comfort” ratings based on user reviews of the type of aircraft and its seating arrangements. Also handy is the built in Flight status function which allows you to check on the status of a flight and view its route map along with real time flight alerts.

Like many TripAdvisor offerings, airline and aircraft ratings and reviews are all powered by crowdsourced data and the app provides you the ability to submit comments and photos about your flight experience.

SeatGuru is currently available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Have you used SeatGuru before? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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