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Seat Alerts app review: airplane seat monitoring and alerting

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Introduction

Seat Alerts by Expertflyer.com is an app that helps frequent flyers get the best seats possible. Cleverly, the app will ask for money to set up some specific alerts like an exit row seat or two seats together, while the more basic alerts, like aisle or window seats, are free. Besides from sending you alerts, it’s very hard to see what this app actually adds to your flying experience, as nowadays you can check in to your flight way beforehand anyway.

Seat Alerts - Airplane Seat Monitoring and Alerting

Free

Setting Up An Alert

Before even starting to use the app, you need to create an account. This can be done by logging in via Facebook or creating an Expertflyer.com account via the app. You then have to click on a link sent to you by email; after this, you can start using the app. The app will ask for basic flight information as in departure airport, destination airport, flight number, and date. After this the app will go searching and will come up with an up-to-date seat map of the plane you will be using to fly to your destination. This can also be done on the website of the airline you are using, so I don’t really see the use of this, but there is more!

 

Set up an alert for specific seats

The true usefulness of this app becomes clear when you want to set up an alert. You can only set up alerts for seats currently unavailable, and only in specific genres, like aisle seats and  window seats. You can also pay for specific  options, like a specific seat or an exit row seat, which costs $0.99.

Anyone who flies only once in a while will find this app completely unnecessary, but anyone who flies once or twice a week for longer distances might be interested to pay for these options in order to get hat extra bit of comfort during a long and uncomfortable commute. Even though the most useful options in this app are paid for, every page still has ads on it, which I find unacceptable.

 

Seat Alerts - Airplane Seat Monitoring and Alerting

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Nicely designed
  • Get alerts when seats are made available
  • Only common seats are free

Cons

  • Pay for premium or specific seat alerts
  • You have to create a profile, resulting in spam and/ or junk mail
  • Ads on every page, even though most useful options are paid for

 

Conclusion

Seat Alerts - Airplane Seat Monitoring and Alerting is not an app I would recommend to just anyone. Probably only business people who travel the world weekly will be interested in this app, likely. I think the paid for options are the only useful ones and the free ones are only useful if you booked a flight very late.

The app is compatible both with iPad and iPhone.

Seat Alerts - Airplane Seat Monitoring and Alerting

Free
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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.