So what makes a great seat? That all depends on personal preference and the type of flight you are taking.
Seat features to consider:
Seats have varying widths. Larger passengers or parents with a child traveling on their laps may prefer roomier seats.
Some seats do not have windows.
Some seats have limited legroom, while others may have more than a standard seat.
Some seats have reduced seat width, while other coach seats have extra width.
Some seats have limited recline or do not recline at all. For example, the seats in the row directly in front of the exit row often do not recline. And, on Spirit Airlines, none of the seats recline.
Some seats lack a seat-back pocket and/or seat in front to stow carry-on items.
Some seats have outlets and USB ports, which can be a great perk on long-haul flights when you need to get work done or want to stay powered up.
Passenger types and seat feature combinations to consider:
Business travelers or those with connections: Choosing an aisle seat toward the front of the plane can afford you the opportunity to be first off the plane.
Travelers with large carry-on gear: Choose a seat toward the back of the plane as most airlines board from back to front, assuring better odds of finding space in the overhead bins.
Nervous fliers: Consider a seat over the wing, which is less effected by turbulence.
Travelers on long-haul or overnight flights: If you’re hoping to sleep, consider a window seat, which offers a convenient spot to rest your head between the seat and the wall, eliminating the awkwardness of accidentally resting your head on the shoulder of the stranger next to you, or consider an exit row, which offers space to stretch out.
Tall passengers: Consider an exit row or some bulkhead seats, which provide extra pitch, the distance from one seat to the seat in front or behind it – what travelers often refer to as “legroom.” The pitch varies from seat to seat, row to row, type of aircraft and airline. Bottom line: the higher the seat pitch number, the better.
Passengers flying with infants: Choose the bassinet positions offered in bulkhead seats. Those with children should consider the non-exit row bulkhead seats, as they tend to be closer to lavatories and provide extra space for kids to spread out.
Map it out
While many airlines have the same airplane models in their fleets, most configure the interiors differently, so it is important to look at the seating map not only for the airplane type but also the airline you are flying. Check out Seat Guru for details on your flight's seating plan.https://www.seatguru.com/
Buy airline tickets early. The earlier you purchase your airline ticket, the more options you will have for choosing the best seat. However, charge to select seats. Airlines often hold or reserve a number of seat assignments for airport check-in, so the number of pre-assigned seats passengers can select at booking is often limited.
Most airlines allow you to check-in online within 24 hours of departure. If you couldn’t select a seat when you booked your ticket or you want to change seats, checking in online often allows the chance for selecting seats that weren’t available before, like frequent flyer seats — seats previously assigned to fliers who have been upgraded to premium classes like business or first class.