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DisneyAbsolutely
03-27-2012, 09:40 AM
I'm flying Airtran with my husband and son, do they automatically seat people together? Do I need to be concerned about that? Thanks!

lost*in*cyberspace
03-27-2012, 09:44 AM
You need to go to AirTran's website and read their seat assignment policy. This will explain how seat selection works.

No one on any airline can be guaranteed the seat they want.

dzaharchuk
03-27-2012, 09:45 AM
Hello- I just booked my airfare with Airtran this weekend. I was unpleasantly surprised when the page to choose your seat came up with the message that there is a $6.00 "seat charge". So, yes, you can sit together, but the cost is $6 pp, each way. Added another $60 to my trip, but I don't want to take a chance on not getting seated together. Sneaky.

lost*in*cyberspace
03-27-2012, 09:52 AM
Hello- I just booked my airfare with Airtran this weekend. I was unpleasantly surprised when the page to choose your seat came up with the message that there is a $6.00 "seat charge". So, yes, you can sit together, but the cost is $6 pp, each way. Added another $60 to my trip, but I don't want to take a chance on not getting seated together. Sneaky.

It's not sneaky at all. AirTran clearly states their seat assignment policy on their website. It's not the airline's fault if you didn't read and understand their policies before booking. I will even post a link for you:

http://www.airtran.com/help_seat_assignments.aspx

Advance seat assignments are available for purchase at any time with Discount Coach and Sale fares. Prices vary by seat. For customers who purchase Regular Coach fares (Y, B or M fare classes), some seat selections are complimentary.

DisneyAbsolutely
03-27-2012, 09:57 AM
Hello- I just booked my airfare with Airtran this weekend. I was unpleasantly surprised when the page to choose your seat came up with the message that there is a $6.00 "seat charge". So, yes, you can sit together, but the cost is $6 pp, each way. Added another $60 to my trip, but I don't want to take a chance on not getting seated together. Sneaky.

Geez, thanks for the tip! I'm wondering if that's just an option for people who want to customize their seating arrangement (i.e., window seat, aisle, etc.) Wouldn't they want passengers that booked together to sit together? Very interesting!! I'd be fine to sit separately if I had no choice but I'm hoping they would at least try to seat parties together.

declansdad
03-27-2012, 11:02 AM
I think the seat selection prices run from 6.50 to about 19.00 depending on where you want to sit. Paying for seat selection is the only way to guarantee sitting together with Air Tran.

kamik86
03-27-2012, 11:08 AM
Geez, thanks for the tip! I'm wondering if that's just an option for people who want to customize their seating arrangement (i.e., window seat, aisle, etc.) Wouldn't they want passengers that booked together to sit together? Very interesting!! I'd be fine to sit separately if I had no choice but I'm hoping they would at least try to seat parties together.

Nope, the may try to have those that booked together sit together for some extent but they aren't going to guarantee it especially if many people pay for seats. When people pick seats 1 or 2 seats will be left all over the plane and they will just fit people in so its possible your family of 3 can end up in 3 different areas (assuming your son is above the age required to not be with a parent... maybe someone else knows what that age is)

DebbieB
03-27-2012, 11:25 AM
Geez, thanks for the tip! I'm wondering if that's just an option for people who want to customize their seating arrangement (i.e., window seat, aisle, etc.) Wouldn't they want passengers that booked together to sit together? Very interesting!! I'd be fine to sit separately if I had no choice but I'm hoping they would at least try to seat parties together.

They want people who want to sit together to pay the fee. That's where the airlines are making their profits these days.

lost*in*cyberspace
03-27-2012, 04:42 PM
Wouldn't they want passengers that booked together to sit together? ...I'd be fine to sit separately if I had no choice but I'm hoping they would at least try to seat parties together.

They do try to seat parties together, but if you have the option to pay to chose seats and you don't do so, don't expect some one to move to accommodate you (not directed at anyone here, just general advice). As far as wanting people traveling on the same booking to sit together, airline employees really don't care unless you are talking about a very young child or disabled person traveling with a parent or caretaker. Then they will sometimes try to find seats together.

If seating is really important, fly an airline where you don't have to pay extra for advanced seating or pay the seating fee.

StacyMarie
03-27-2012, 04:46 PM
Flew Airtran last year, if you want to definitely sit together, pay up ;) I paid the $6 fee per person because I didn't want to take the chance of not being together.

GaSleepingBeautyFan
03-27-2012, 05:53 PM
I'm flying Airtran with my husband and son, do they automatically seat people together? Do I need to be concerned about that? Thanks!

I've flown Airtran for 3 years now.

If you don't pay to get seats together, you will most likely be separated on the flight unless there are seats together when you check in at the 24 hour mark.
That does happen but not as much as it used to since planes are flying pretty full these days.

I just count the fee for choosing my seat and luggage fee as a total cost of the flight nowadays when I'm deciding which airline to fly.

aubriee
03-28-2012, 01:57 AM
There are lots of threads on this, but basically if you want to sit together then yes, I would pay the seat fee to do so. Air Tran is under no obligation to seat you together and since most folks have figured that out by now, more and more people are paying for the seats they want and most are not willing to give up a seat they paid for, to someone who chose not to. I travel solo, but because I prefer aisle seats, close to the front of the plane always paid for those $15.00 or $13.00 seats close to the front. As of Nov 22nd, Air Tran no longer flies out of Dallas, but back when they did, I flew DFW to MCO 4-6 times a year on them and always paid for my seat. Every single trip I heard some parent arguing with the gate agent that they did not pay for their seats because they didn't think there was any way Air Tran would separate them from their child. Every single time the resonse was exactly the same 'We did not separate you from your child. You did. You had the choice to choose your seat for a fee and chose not to. You can ask once you board and you might find someone willing to trade seats with you, but we will not force anyone to move". Since most flights now fly full and since so many people are choosing to purchase the seat they want, parties who choose not to are being used to fill up those odd single seats that are scattered around the plane. There is a very good chance that if you don't pay the seat fee, you will be seated all over the plane. I have personally seen fairly small kids (4-5 y/o) separated from their parents. Now if you have a child in a carseat, they will sit you next to that child, but otherwise expect that you may be seated apart from your child, if you chose not to pay the seat fee in order to do so.

Check out these threads:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2624648&highlight=air+tran+seating

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2574014&highlight=air+tran+seating

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2535237&highlight=air+tran+seating

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2413982&highlight=air+tran+seating

goofy4tink
03-28-2012, 05:43 AM
Hello- I just booked my airfare with Airtran this weekend. I was unpleasantly surprised when the page to choose your seat came up with the message that there is a $6.00 "seat charge". So, yes, you can sit together, but the cost is $6 pp, each way. Added another $60 to my trip, but I don't want to take a chance on not getting seated together. Sneaky.
Nope, not sneaky at all. It's all out there, for all to see. You just have to take the time to read how it all works before deciding on whether or not you want to fly AirTran.

Geez, thanks for the tip! I'm wondering if that's just an option for people who want to customize their seating arrangement (i.e., window seat, aisle, etc.) Wouldn't they want passengers that booked together to sit together? Very interesting!! I'd be fine to sit separately if I had no choice but I'm hoping they would at least try to seat parties together.
The airlines don't much care about keeping parties together. They care only about filling those seats. It's up to the passenger to use due dilligence in getting seats where they want them. And even then, there are no promises on the airlines part.
If you read the contract of carriage for each airline, they pretty much 'promise' to get you from point A to point B, on a given day...barring mechanical or weather issues. Seating??? Yeah, you can choose (and sometimes pay) for the particular seats you want, but there is always a chance that seat won't be yours when you get there...it's happened to me. Paid for particular seats only to have them given to someone else...but I did get a refund. Big deal.

With Airtran, you can pay for particular seating...that should get you on board in one of the first groups. If you don't choose, and pay for, your seat before you arrive at the airport, they will assign you seats when you get there...and usually that puts groups together...or at least parts of groups together. But, you can still be split up from others in your group. Best to pay for specific seating.

DisneyAbsolutely
03-29-2012, 12:50 PM
No wonder this flight seemed like such a bargain!

Have you heard of anyone that didn't pay extra and still were seated together? On AirTrain specifically?

I see that it's common knowledge to many of you but they really didn't advertise this anywhere that I could see. My previous flights with JetBlue and Delta always seated us together. We never had to make special arrangements. So, in my opinion, Airtran's policy is pretty unusual. It's fine if they want to do it this way but it's just another thing to stress about.

Okay so I have to pay a fee for each flight I'm on...does that include stops made in between? So we're talking 100 bucks (assuming the $6 charge is accurate) ?

Thanks everyone. I realize this is probably a redundant question but there is simply no way I could have found a previous post about this. This site is buzzing with activity!! I already lost track of a post I made a few days ago. I can't find it :)

dudspizza
03-29-2012, 01:46 PM
No wonder this flight seemed like such a bargain!

Have you heard of anyone that didn't pay extra and still were seated together? On AirTrain specifically?

I see that it's common knowledge to many of you but they really didn't advertise this anywhere that I could see. My previous flights with JetBlue and Delta always seated us together. We never had to make special arrangements. So, in my opinion, Airtran's policy is pretty unusual. It's fine if they want to do it this way but it's just another thing to stress about.

Okay so I have to pay a fee for each flight I'm on...does that include stops made in between? So we're talking 100 bucks (assuming the $6 charge is accurate) ?

Thanks everyone. I realize this is probably a redundant question but there is simply no way I could have found a previous post about this. This site is buzzing with activity!! I already lost track of a post I made a few days ago. I can't find it :)

This is on the confirmation page before you go ahead and purchase.
Advance seat assignment is available for a small fee, or you may select your seats upon check-in at no cost.

Anyone who pays for their seating assignments will already have chosen seats before your check in (either at the 24hr mark or at the airport). It is unreasonable to ask to have someone moved so a party can sit together since they paid for the right to pick their seat (not saying OP would do this, just a general statement).

OP, there is a chance people are seated together that are on the same itinerary if they don't pay, but the only way to know you are sitting together now is to pay. If you decide to wait until check in, you may or may not be sitting together depending on how many people paid for their seating and how many checked in before you.

Duds

DisneyAbsolutely
03-29-2012, 02:03 PM
This is on the confirmation page before you go ahead and purchase.
Advance seat assignment is available for a small fee, or you may select your seats upon check-in at no cost.

Anyone who pays for their seating assignments will already have chosen seats before your check in (either at the 24hr mark or at the airport). It is unreasonable to ask to have someone moved so a party can sit together since they paid for the right to pick their seat (not saying OP would do this, just a general statement).

OP, there is a chance people are seated together that are on the same itinerary if they don't pay, but the only way to know you are sitting together now is to pay. If you decide to wait until check in, you may or may not be sitting together depending on how many people paid for their seating and how many checked in before you.

Duds


I ordered everything through Disney's website so there was no disclaimer about seating. Even then, I would have assumed that it was intended for people who wanted to sit by the window or something. My natural assumption (through being simple minded and through recent experience) was that all small parties were typically seated together. I booked about a month before my trip so I might have to bite the bullet on this one. I really don't want to though!! haha. I appreciate the info and I agree that someone paying for seats should not have to give them up unless they want to.

goofy4tink
03-29-2012, 02:08 PM
No wonder this flight seemed like such a bargain!

Have you heard of anyone that didn't pay extra and still were seated together? On AirTrain specifically?

I see that it's common knowledge to many of you but they really didn't advertise this anywhere that I could see. My previous flights with JetBlue and Delta always seated us together. We never had to make special arrangements. So, in my opinion, Airtran's policy is pretty unusual. It's fine if they want to do it this way but it's just another thing to stress about.

Okay so I have to pay a fee for each flight I'm on...does that include stops made in between? So we're talking 100 bucks (assuming the $6 charge is accurate) ?

Thanks everyone. I realize this is probably a redundant question but there is simply no way I could have found a previous post about this. This site is buzzing with activity!! I already lost track of a post I made a few days ago. I can't find it :)

Depends on the flight. I had a flight home in Feb...there were no people in the row of seats with me...on any one of the four legs. The plane wasn't full. But, I was flying between Ft Lauderdale and Boston at a slower time of year, and day of week.
If I paid for a seat for my flight down, then it included both legs of that flight. You don't have to pay again if it's a connecting flight.

Here's the thing. The first time I flew with AirTran, there was a large family boarding at the end of the boarding process. I doubt that the family had any idea what they were doing. They had seats all over the plane....and they had no idea how to find their particular seat. I heard the mom complaining that she just couldn't find her seat...how was she supposed to know where her seat was...and where were her children going to be???? Granted, English didn't seem to be their native language, so it was probably even more confusing for them.
I did offer to give up my seat, although I had paid for that particular seat. There were no others in my row (yes, again!!), so figured that mom could at least sit with two of her five kids!! The FA thanked me profusely but told me that they had found seats pretty close together for them in the very rear of the plane.
So....long story short....the FAs will try to find you seats together. But you certainly can't expect those who have paid for a particular seat to give it up so you can be seated with your family. That wouldn't be fair.

I pay for my seat in order to get on board early and be assured of overhead space. I tend to fly Airtran when flying down to see my dad...so seldom have checked bags, just a carryon. So I need that space.

DisneyAbsolutely
03-29-2012, 02:29 PM
Delta offered a seating map online that showed which seats were occupied. I'm assuming Airtran doesn't have this option? We flew Jetblue the first time we flew to Disney and Delta last year. Jetblue was awesome!!! I loved every second of my experience with them! Delta was not a pleasant flight but we were seated together and arrived on time! I can't really complain as long as we arrive in one piece and on schedule!! I guess sitting together would just ease some of the traveling stress. Six bucks is a realtively small price to pay for that convenience.... I guess :)

lost*in*cyberspace
03-29-2012, 02:33 PM
Delta offered a seating map online that showed which seats were occupied. I'm assuming Airtran doesn't have this option? ...

All US airlines show seating maps (except WN), unless you are very close to the flight time. They aren't really accurate as to what seats are available. Some seats will be held back for elite flyers, some rows will be unavailable for advanced seat assignment (often exit rows), etc. For example, if you are buying a ticket on UA and you are not eligible for E+ seats, then the seat map shows all of these seats as unavailable. They aren't, they just aren't available to you.

dudspizza
03-29-2012, 03:45 PM
Delta offered a seating map online that showed which seats were occupied. I'm assuming Airtran doesn't have this option? We flew Jetblue the first time we flew to Disney and Delta last year. Jetblue was awesome!!! I loved every second of my experience with them! Delta was not a pleasant flight but we were seated together and arrived on time! I can't really complain as long as we arrive in one piece and on schedule!! I guess sitting together would just ease some of the traveling stress. Six bucks is a realtively small price to pay for that convenience.... I guess :)

Buying through Disney does change things. I remember a few years back, I had some friend buy through Disney and they had to check in at the airport. They couldn't use online check in and they arrived late to the airport (because they were too lazy to get there early). We had booked directly with Airtran and chosen our seats while they were scattered all over the plane.

If you have the 6 number/letter confirmation code, you can use it to log on to Airtran's site and pay for seats OR log in at the 24 hour mark to check in and choose seats that are still available for no cost. Check your paperwork from Disney, you may need to call them to get the confirmation code.

Also, you can seat seats that are not available to purchase by going to www.airtran.com and go through the process of booking your same flight and when the flight choice page comes up, you can click on the seat icon to see available seats. You can also go through the process and click "choose seats" from your itinerary and see what is available for you to purchase. When you hover over a seat, it will tell you how much that seat is.....

Duds

KrazeeK120
03-29-2012, 09:37 PM
I flew AirTran to Disney last week. I had to take a connecting flight through Atlanta on the way down, but was able to fly direct on the way back (my regional airport does not fly direct every day and in order to maximize vacation time, I flew down on a day that does not have direct service).

I did not have to pay to select my seats on the two flights going down, but did on the longer, direct flight coming back.

So...depending on your flying situation, you may or may not have to pay. It was worth the peace of mind to me to pay for my husband and I to sit together for that flight back, though. All of our flights were at 100% capacity, so I am sure that there were families that were split up.

DisneyAbsolutely
04-02-2012, 11:05 AM
Also, you can seat seats that are not available to purchase by going to www.airtran.com and go through the process of booking your same flight and when the flight choice page comes up, you can click on the seat icon to see available seats. You can also go through the process and click "choose seats" from your itinerary and see what is available for you to purchase. When you hover over a seat, it will tell you how much that seat is.....

Duds

Thanks SO much! This tip was really helpful. My flights are nowhere near booked so I will wait a little longer before deciding. Since I booked through Disney, I have absolutely no idea how to get my Airtran confirmation number. Plus my husband paid for the trip so I don't know how if Airtran or Disney will give me this info over the phone,

THANK you for letting me know how to check seats!!!

DisneyAbsolutely
04-02-2012, 12:14 PM
Bullet has been bitten. I purchased my seats.
Thanks for your help.
I just couldn't take the chance. Plus now at least I know there will be a window seat on each flight. That's pretty nice. It was also reassuring that they didn't charge extra for the connecting flight. It was $6 per whole trip. Not bad I guess.

aubriee
04-03-2012, 03:35 AM
Bullet has been bitten. I purchased my seats.
Thanks for your help.
I just couldn't take the chance. Plus now at least I know there will be a window seat on each flight. That's pretty nice. It was also reassuring that they didn't charge extra for the connecting flight. It was $6 per whole trip. Not bad I guess.

It sounds like you just paid for seats one way. Seats on Air Tran are $15.00, $13.00, $6.00, and $20.00 each way depending on where the seat is. Even the cheaper seats are $6.00 each way though, so it should have been $6.00 for each person to choose their seat on the way down to Orlando and then another $6.00 for each person to choose their seats back from Olando to home.:confused3 It doesn't matter how many layovers you have each way you still just pay the fee once, but you do pay $6.00 going down and then another $6.00 coming home (so $12.00 per person for the entire round trip-- in other words $6.00 from New Hampshire to Orlando, then another $6.00 from Olando back to New Hampshire).

delilah
04-03-2012, 05:51 PM
If it makes you feel any better, back in the days that Delta was NWA, I selected seats for my family all together at the time I purchased the tickets. Then, NWA changed the schedule in some way, don't remember how, and we were reassigned seats not together, and all over the plane. So far, I haven't had this problem with Airtran. Delta quit having non-stop service from Indianapolis, so, now we don't use them. Airtran is on the same path--last trip we took last week, we flew changing planes in Atlanta (which sure beats changing planes in Minneapolis, like we did once on NWA flying from Indianapolis to MCO)

TaraPA
04-03-2012, 06:03 PM
I fly AT a lot & am not one to pay for seats. I don't care if we sit together, and we're used to being separated. I will say that the last 6-8 flights on AT were booked solid, and only once were we seated together when choosing the free seats at the 24 hour mark. So in my experience, it's been very difficult to sit together if not paying ahead of time. Good thing you paid the seat fee if it's important to you.

I also would suggest to double check it like someone else said. They charge $6 per seat PER trip - so $12 per seat for a round trip flight. I also think it sounds like you only have paid for seats for one way.

KrazeeK120
04-03-2012, 07:45 PM
It sounds like you just paid for seats one way. Seats on Air Tran are $15.00, $13.00, $6.00, and $20.00 each way depending on where the seat is. Even the cheaper seats are $6.00 each way though, so it should have been $6.00 for each person to choose their seat on the way down to Orlando and then another $6.00 for each person to choose their seats back from Olando to home.:confused3 It doesn't matter how many layovers you have each way you still just pay the fee once, but you do pay $6.00 going down and then another $6.00 coming home (so $12.00 per person for the entire round trip-- in other words $6.00 from New Hampshire to Orlando, then another $6.00 from Olando back to New Hampshire).

AirTran doesn't charge for seat selection on certain flights. I flew from Bloomington, IL to Atlanta and then from Atlanta to Orlando. On the way back, I flew direct from Orlando back to Bloomington (we don't have direct service every day). I sat in regular, coach seats on all flights. I didn't have to pay for seat selection for the going flights, but I did for the coming back flight. I didn't study carefully to figure out which flights they charge what for, I just know that sometimes they don't charge because I experienced it. This poster may have had something similar happen.

kaytieeldr
04-04-2012, 10:35 AM
I see that it's common knowledge to many of you but they really didn't advertise this anywhere that I could see. My previous flights with JetBlue and Delta always seated us together. We never had to make special arrangements. So, in my opinion, Airtran's policy is pretty unusual. It's fine if they want to do it this way but it's just another thing to stress about.
If you click on Travel Toolson the home page, there's information about paying to choose your seat - along with other helpful information for first-time AirTran passengers.

It's really clear on the page where you enter the passenger and contact information that passengers can select their seats and why they might want to - and the person doing the booking has to consciously opt in or out of making selections. I'm not going further with my dummy booking, I don't care to enter all the information; but there's nothing sneaky.