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Travel skills Tuesday: as a research tool

My wife and I recently took our first trip to Europe. Up until that point much of our air travel had been exclusively on Southwest where a seat is a seat (more or less).

But on domestic and long haul flights sometimes it pays to do some research before buying a ticket. is a good place to start. It features seating plans for just about every airline, foreign and domestic. This way you can find out if your seat is next to the galley, or worse, the commode, before you commit to buying it. Delta has some liberal seat changing policies (simply get on the website and change it up until a few days before departure) but others do not.

On Seatguru, seats that are bad are labeled in red or yellow with a note as to why a traveler rated them that way. Seats that are green are generally considered to be pretty good, and reasons why are also noted.

Here’s a look at a typical page for a Delta 767-400 widebody, for example.



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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›