Earlier today I wrote about the mandatory seat blocking United Airlines is implementing this winter onboard its Boeing 757 series of aircraft. For those who desire extra room onboard, you can leverage this seat blocking to ensure an empty middle seat in economy class.
A Guaranteed Empty Middle Seat On United Airlines – Here’s What Seats To Choose
The seat blocking currently only impacts the Boeing 757 aircraft, of which United Airlines maintains a fleet of:
- Boeing 757-200 – 30 aircraft
- Boeing 757-300 – 15 aircraft
As Americans grow larger and also carry more items onboard, United Airlines is blocking the following seats:
- 757-224 (75S) – 24B, 27E, 30B, 24E, 37B, 40B (757-200)
- 757-224 (75B) – 29B, 32E, 36B (757-200)
- 757-324 (75E) – 16B, 19E, 27B, 30E, 36B, 39E (757-300)
When you reserve your flight, look for middle seats that are “missing” from the seat map.
For example, note that 16B, 19E, 27B, 30E, 36B, 39E have been removed from this seat map:
On this 757-200, 29B, 32E, 36B have been removed:
Frankly, I am surprised that United Airlines has not made the seats adjacent to these blocked middle seats “preferred seats” (that carry an extra charge for non-elites). Seats beyond row 31 with blocked middles carry no extra surcharge to reserve in advance, regardless of your status in the United MileagePlus program. Do not expect this to last…grab those seats now if you have booked your tickets in advance.
As a reminder, this seat blocking will remain in effect until April 30, 2022. Summer weights allow all seats to be utilized, so the seat blocking will not continue through the spring and summer.
Finally, remember that seat assignments are not guaranteed. Aircraft swaps are frequent and seats can be adjusted, so as a general rule, keep an eye on your seat assignments.
United Airlines is blocking select middle seats on its Boeing 757 series of aircraft. As a result, you can guarantee a blocked middle seat at least through April 30, 2023 by choosing an aisle or window seat adjacent to a seat block. Currently, a seat assignment beyond row 31 carries no surcharge, but I do not expect that to last. Move in quickly if you happen to be flying on a United 757 in economy class before the end of April.
image: Bill Abbott