So, I have our tickets on hold right now through United. I was able to find a somewhat decent price of 260.00. I say this is decent because everything else is hovering around 300.00 and even up to 500.00, including the budget carriers! The reason I am just holding them right now is because I need some Diser's help! Here's the issue: There are 7 of us in our party. When I go to pick our seats or to see what seats are open, there are only 6 open seats, not counting the available Economy plus seats that are available to purchase for an additional cost. Mind you, I need 7 seats. So, I called United and asked them about this because I want to make sure that nobody in our party is flying stand by, etc. The answer I got was there are plenty of open seats on the plane right now including all those open "Economy Plus" seats. He advised me that they will offer to move up their elite flyers into those seats which will then open up more of the economy seats. He advised us to just arrive to the airport early (which we do anyway) and let the person at the counter know that there are 7 people in your party (2 adults and 5 kids) and they will do their best to accommodate our party. I have NEVER done this before. I have always booked a flight early enough so that we could pick our seats. This is making me EXTREMELY nervous because there were only 6 available economy seats and probably about 25 Economy Plus seats. Does anybody have any experience with this with United? I really don't want to buy these tickets if there is a chance that somebody will be flying standby. Thanks for any and all info!