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How to get the most room in coach

Seatguru.com's seating chart for United Airlines' Boeing 777,

Seatguru.com's seating chart for United Airlines' Boeing 777, which includes a number of good seats (green), bad seats (red), and seats with some drawbacks (yellow). Photo Credit: seatguru.com

Some coach seats are better than others. But knowing which those are can be elusive. That's the benefit of a site like seatguru.com.

Owned by TripAdvisor, the site maps out seating charts for every airplane on every airline and provides details -- like how many inches of legroom are available, how wide each seat is, whether it reclines, whether power ports are available and more. The site "highlights the gems, like seats with unlimited legroom, and flags the duds, like window seats with no windows," according to a report this morning by the Wall Street Journal, which spoke to SeatGuru founder Matt Daimler and got the lowdown on where to sit.

"United Airlines won't tell you, for example, that 12 seats in rows 39 and 40 on its international 777s have reduced seat width because of the curvature of the plane, or that seats 1C and 1D in the first-class cabin of United's 757s have, according to SeatGuru, 'significantly reduced legroom,'" the report said.

Among the highlights:

Spirit's Airbus A320s have 178 seats, each of which provides only 28 inches of space for each seat in coach, but the same plane on JetBlue has only 150 seats, which offer 34 inches of space, with several rows even getting 38 inches for an extra charge.

That's good to know.

Read the full report here, and check out seatguru.com for yourself.

The diagram above shows a seatguru.com seating chart for United Airlines'  Boeing 777, which includes a number of good seats (green), bad seats (red), and seats with some drawbacks (yellow). Photo provided by seatguru.com

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