The Most Comfortable Airlines for Flying in Coach

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The Most Comfortable Airlines for Flying in Coach

Not all of us can or are willing to pay to sit in the more roomy seats at the front of the plane. But that doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable when you fly. Some airlines have at least decent economy (coach class) options.

Yahoo Travel took a look at US and international carriers’ seats and service to find the most tolerable coach experiences. Virgin America is shown above. In addition to unique mood lighting, Virgin’s planes have a roomy (or at least roomier than average) 32-38 inch seat pitch, which is the distance between one point on a seat to the same point in the seat in front of it—a measure of legroom. By comparison, some low-cost carriers pack you in at 28 inches of seat pitch.

JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, and American Airlines round out the list for domestic carriers. American even figured out the reclining vs. knee space heated issue: When their seats recline, the bottom slides forward so the person in back of you doesn’t need a Knee Defender.

Comfort may vary by type of plane and route, but if you’re going on a long flight and comfort matters to you as much as price, consider one of these options first.

Flying Coach Doesn’t Have to (Totally) Suck: Airlines With the Best Economy Class Seats | Yahoo Travel

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Travel Billow Combines Blanket and Pillow for Comfortable Flying

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Travel Billow Combines Blanket and Pillow for Comfortable FlyingS

If you’re like me and can actually sleep (or, at least, rest) on a plane, it’s nice to have a blanket and pillow along with you. Those take up precious suitcase room, but the Travel Billow combines both comfort items into one.

When I wanted a pillow on the plane, I’d take my laptop sleeve and shove my hoodie inside. While that worked pretty well for a makeshift pillow and I got a couple of DIY points for doing it, neck pillows really work better in those uncomfortable seats. The Travel Billow stores a blanket securely inside so you can use the shell as a pillow. It inflates, so you don’t have to choose one or the other. The Travel Billow also attaches to your carry-on so you don’t have to waste space storing it inside. If you’re looking to fit a lot into a small suitcase, every little bit helps.

Travel Billow ($ 35) | PeachFur Fleece

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