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Hello, My DH and I are planning on taking our 2 children to visit family in Canada (LAX- YYZ )and will be using miles + fees to cover the costs of 2 tickets and paying cash for the additional 2 seats.
Here’s where it gets tricky (or at least to me), because our children are young (7 and 9), we would like to sit together in the the same row, so it would ideally it would be an isle seat, the neighboring isle seat , middle and window.
But because the flights are operated by Air Canada , the system will not allow for pre selection of seats; and according the the website they will be assigned the day of departure. I am worried that we will end up with dreaded ‘middle seat’ through out the plane.
Nor do I want to put other passengers through the hassle of seat swapping requests once boarded , especially if we do end up with 4 separate middle seats; there might not be anyone willing accommodate our requests.
What do you think would be the best way to ensure we get seated together?
Calling United and asking them to forward our requests to Air Canada?
Calling Air Canada and offering to pay any fee’s related for pre seat selection, assuming they can ‘see’ our reservation?
Showing up to the airport extra early pleading our case?
Booking the 2 revenue fares through Air Canada directly , reserving and isle and window seat and that way, if we do have to ask for a seat swap, and at minimum, it would be a comparable seat – a middle for a middle- and at least 3 of us would be seated together?
Any advice is welcomed.
If you look in your United reservations they should show the confirmation number for Air Canada. Once you have that you can contact Air Canada and arrange seats with them. 🙂