What are extra legroom seats on a plane and how much do they cost?

With many of us preparing to fly off on holiday for the first time in several years, we look at how we can enjoy a little extra comfort and space by booking premium economy seats such as those offering extra legroom in cramped plane cabins.

Paying a little extra can get extra legroom seats on a planePaying a little extra can get extra legroom seats on a plane (Credit: Pxhere.com)

What are premium economy extra legroom seats on planes from the likes of Jet2, easyJet, BA and Ryanair?

Typically, premium economy extra legroom seats are located in rows with emergency exits or at bulkheads. Their positioning means they have space in front, increasing the amount of legroom they offer. This can be useful for tall passengers, those with very small children – or simply anyone looking for a little more comfort as they travel.

Such seats offer a relatively cost-effective way to improve the quality of your flight, without the need to pay prohibitive premiums associated with business, and first-class cabins.

Extra legroom seats can be combined with the likes of fast-track security lanes to deliver a premier travel experience at very little cost.

Can anyone book extra legroom seats on a plane?

In many cases, the airline will have conditions covering who can book an extra legroom seat. This is because many of the seats will be located by emergency exits – so anyone sitting there must be physically fit and able to open the exits and potentially help people escape. Some airlines will also insist people sitting in the seats must be able to speak the carrier’s native language, or be fluent in English.

Are extra legroom seats worth it?

Obviously this is subjective, but for longer flights or for those who are tall or just want a little extra comfort, then the comparatively low price is could easily be worth the expenditure. Health benefits could also apply, with less cramped seating possibly helping to lessen the risk of blood clots in the form of DVTs.

How much are premium economy extra legroom seats on popular airlines flying from the UK?

The following table reveals how much you are likely to be expected to pay for an extra legroom seat as you book your holiday in 2022.

Airline

How much for extra legroom seat

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Aer Lingus

From £14.00 – £95.00

More information on extra legroom or seats here

Air Canada

From £10 – £178

More information on extra legroom seats here

Air New Zealand

From £50

More information on extra legroom seats here

American Airlines

From £15 - £220

More information on extra legroom seats here

British Airways

From £50

More information on extra legroom seats here

Cathay Pacific

From £35 – £161

More information on extra legroom seats here

easyJet

From £7.99 – £12.99

More information on extra legroom seats here

Emirates

From £42.00 – £156

More information on extra legroom seats here

Jet2

From £12.50

More information on extra legroom seats here

Ryanair

From £14.00 – £28.00

More information on extra legroom seats here

Singapore Airlines

From £20.00

More information on extra legroom seats here

TUI

From £10 - £75

More information on extra legroom seats here

Virgin Atlantic

From £49

More information on extra legroom seats here

 

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