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The 4 best coach seats in United Airlines’ entire fleet, and how to snag them

May 09, 2021
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The 4 best coach seats in United Airlines’ entire fleet, and how to snag them
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Your coach seat just got upgraded — but not to business class or premium economy.

Instead, if you're flying on a United Airlines Boeing 767 on a domestic or short-haul international flight, you can sit in the crew rest that's usually reserved for flight attendants on the carrier's longest flights — but you’ll have to monitor the seat map to see when they open up.

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While some jets feature crew bunks above or below the passenger compartments, United's 767s — both the -300 and -400 variants — are outfitted with four extra-reclining coach seats for flight attendants. There's a thick curtain that can be closed to cordon off the seats from the rest of the cabin when the crew rest is in use.

While flight attendants use these seats during downtime on long-haul flights, domestic hops and shorter international jaunts don't include breaks for the crew.

That's when they're available to passengers — and they're a major upgrade compared to a typical coach-class seat.

The four seats are located in the last two rows of the cabin on the port side of the jet. They feature a leg rest, footrest, a ton of extra legroom and generous recline.

They also sport an oversized tray table that pops out from the fixed armrest, making it easier to work during the flight.

You'll find the standard coach amenities, like personal TVs and power outlets, at these seats as well.

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Of course, some flyers might prefer to be closer to the front of the plane, far away from the galley, but I'd personally sacrifice seat location in exchange for added space and comfort.

United generally blocks these seats in the weeks and months leading up to a flight, as you'll see in the ExpertFlyer screenshot below with the blue boxes and white X's in Row 43 and Row 44, Seats A and B.

(Screenshot courtesy of ExpertFlyer)

Then, within a day or two or departure, they're released for assignment. United labels them as extra-legroom Economy Plus seats, so they come at an upcharge for regular flyers. Premier elites can choose these seats for free depending on their status tier.

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

For an upcoming flight between New York-JFK and Los Angeles, United was charging $72 to upgrade. That's the exact same cost as the other standard extra-legroom seats, except those don't feature a leg rest, footrest or nearly as much additional space.

Premier Platinum and 1K members can choose extra-legroom seats — including the crew-rest versions —for free for themselves and up to eight companions any time after booking, subject to availability. Mid-tier Gold flyers can bring one companion for free and can reserve them any time after booking as well. Silver members also get one free companion, but they can only snag the extra-legroom seats beginning at the 24-hour check-in window.

Coach cabin on United's premium-heavy Boeing 767-300ER (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

If you'd like to experience sitting in the crew rest, you'll find United's Boeing 767s consistently flying domestically between New York-JFK and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The 767s are also deployed on a variety of other continental U.S. routes, including the following for June 2021, per Cirium timetables.

OriginDestination
EWRDEN
EWRSFO
IADSFO
IAHDEN
IAHLAX
IAHSFO
JFKLAX
JFKSFO

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