I’m visiting my Mom in Arizona right now, and when I flew out I chose a bulkhead seat.
Bulkhead seats are seats located directly behind the bulkhead separators. In addition to separating classes from one another (i.e. business and economy), bulkheads can be found throughout larger planes, separating the seats from the galley and lavatory areas.
Now, if you’ve met me, you’re probably scratching your head wondering why I’d spend good money on a “choice seat”, given that I’m all of 5ft. But there are more advantages than just legroom:
- With no seat in front of you, no one can recline their seats into your lap.
- It’s easy to get in and out of your seats without having to disturb your neighbors.
- You get served food and drinks first – No more having to worry about the airline running out of turkey sandwiches by the time they get to Row 22.
- You get priority boarding, so you don’t have to stress about them running out of overhead space for your carry-on luggage!
- You get off the plane first since you’re up front near the exit.
The downsides are pretty minimal. With no seat in front of you, there’s no under-seat stowage for a carry-on bag, so everything has to be placed in the overhead compartment for takeoff and landing. And if your bulkhead seat is near a lavatory, you’re going to be constantly disturbed. This is why I only go for the bulkhead seats behind first-class.
On this trip, the upgraded seat cost me $49 each way. That might seem like a lot to some, but I felt it’s was well worth it for all the extra perks that come with it.
Something to think about the next time you’re booking a flight!