Lie-flat seats on planes have been a perk available mostly on international flights. Now, a growing number of U.S. airlines are increasing the number of domestic flights with seats that recline completely flat in first or business class. United Airlines is stepping up its seating game in October by adding flat-bed seats in first class on the Boston-Los Angeles route, the carrier said.
What you need to know
Why you may want a flat-bed seat: Sometimes you’re on a cross-country flight, especially a red-eye or one starting at 6 a.m., and all you want to do is sleep. It can difficult to doze in a seated position for long hours, but stretching out on a flat seat could help you get the rest you want.
When you can get it on United: The carrier already offers the premium seating on some of its transcontinental domestic routes such as from San Francisco to Newark, New Jersey, and to Boston, as well as from Los Angeles to Newark. That’s in addition to the new route launching in October. United also said it’s expecting to replace its fleet of aging Boeing 757 jets with 737 Max planes that have lie-flat seating in first class starting in 2020. So you’ll want to double-check any United flight you book to make sure it will have perks you want.
Which other carriers have the luxury seats: Jet Blue offers lie-flat seats on domestic bicoastal routes and on Caribbean flights to and from Boston and New York. Other airlines such as American Airlines offer the premium seating on some international flights. You may be able to experience the perk domestically if you’re on a plane that’s going overseas after a U.S. stop, though it’s not easy to find.
How to get the perk: If you don’t want to splurge on first class but have enough frequent flyer miles, you can use them to upgrade your economy class ticket. To see how much you’d be saving, compare the different airfares online or call the airline.
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