You Can Now Buy Empty Seats Next to You on China Southern

Travelers can purchase unoccupied economy-class seats at a discount, thereby guaranteeing they won’t be seated (or squeezed) next to anyone.

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If you’re flying on economy class and in need of extra legroom, you’re certainly not alone. Thankfully, China Southern now allows passengers to buy empty seats next to them on select flights departing Guangzhou.

Travelers can purchase unoccupied economy-class seats at a discount, thereby guaranteeing they won’t be seated (or squeezed) next to anyone.

Recently announced on the airline’s official WeChat page, the new “One Passenger, More Seats” service lets one buy up to three extra seats from US$37.20 onwards.

Compared to a full economy-class fare, which typically costs US$667, these extra seat rates are heavily discounted.

That said, travelers have to depend on sheer luck as these empty seats can only be purchased at the airport check-in counter after all passengers have finished checking in. Since there’s no way to predict if one has an empty seat next to them, a better option might be to simply book one in advance at full price.

According to the airline, this service is expected to be expanded to flights departing Beijing and Shanghai in the future.

More information here.

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