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The simple hack that will score you some business class leg room

  • A team of analysts have discovered ways to get that extra leg room for flights 
  • They studied 900,000 international flights to find the best times to travel
  • Listing the best times to book international flights based on passenger capacity 
  • Increasing your chance of having extra space to relax or even a seat upgrade 

Flying internationally is a stressful endevour for most people so the possibility of having as much space as a business class passenger by getting a spare seat or row in economy is a bonus.

Travel experts at finder.com.au have studied the figures and come up with the best ways to get that extra space during a long haul flight escape.com.au reported.

The team at finder.com.au crunched the numbers for 900,000 international flights over the course of five years to come up with their detailed findings.  

Flying internationally is a stressful endevour for most people so the possibility of having as much space as a business class passenger by having a spare seat or row next to you in economy is a bonus

The best time of year to fly if you want to avoid those jam packed planes is May.

Flights departing Australia for international destinations were on average on 74.2% full while flights coming into Australia during the same time period just 69.7% full. 

Finder.com.au editor-in-chief and travel expert, Angus Kidman said the benefits of having an empty seat next to you can’t be understated. 

If you fly to Japan with Jetstar you are likely to be on a July flight that one average will only be just over half full, at 52%

If you fly to Japan with Jetstar you are likely to be on a July flight that one average will only be just over half full, at 52%

‘Though there are tricks and apps you can use to get a better seat, having less people on a flight is what really makes a difference,’ he said. 

‘There’s nothing like a row to yourself to try and catch some sleep. 

‘Even a spare seat between you and the next person offers a lot more comfort.’ 

Anyone looking to depart Australia in October should look to Qantas, October is its quietest month with flights only 75% full on average

Anyone looking to depart Australia in October should look to Qantas, October is its quietest month with flights only 75% full on average

Some of the other results found by the analyst team include July being the best time to fly to Japan with flights likely to only be 60% full while flying to the United States with american Airlines in May would likely have you on flights only 65% full. 

If you fly to Japan with Jetstar you are likely to be on a July flight that one average will only be just over half full, at 52%. 

Anyone looking to depart Australia in October should look to Qantas, October is its quietest month with flights only 75% full on average.  

 

 

 

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