I’ve taken several transcontinental flights during the past few weeks, most recently to Boston so that I could preview the new Chase Sapphire Lounge. Before that, I rode to/from Washington, D.C., for the annual Freddie Awards.
Three flights were aboard Delta Air Lines 757-200S series aircraft. They’re equipped with Delta One upfront. So, you’ll find them on routes such as LAX or SFO to JFK, LAX to BOS, etc.
But these planes have a unique row featuring the best coach seats in the Delta fleet.
Row 35 on Delta’s 757-200S
What makes row 35 so special? If you like legroom, you will love row 35 on Delta’s 75S.
There’s a ton of space in front of you. (For reference: I’m about 6’1.” The gentleman in the window seat was about 6’3.” We won the lottery that day: no one occupied the middle seat!)
It also features footrests!
Plus, you have under-seat storage and can still stretch out.
It’s kind of like an exit row — but without the responsibility of being a de facto safety officer. And, you know, you have footrests!
Sure, Comfort+ is fine with its free booze. But I gladly pay for drinks to sit in row 35. (Or I use my Medallion drink tickets — assuming I get them — or use one of my Amex Platinum cards and its annual airline incidental statement credit benefit. After that, I use my Delta Reserve card because I earn 20% statement credit on eligible inflight purchases.)
Want to reserve a spot in row 35? It’s a “Preferred” seat available for free only to Medallion members.
Addendum: I forgot to include in my final draft that these are crew rest seats on transoceanic flights. That’s why they have the extra room and footrests. As Colleen points out, this row isn’t available on transoceanic flights.
The row is a few feet from a lavatory — which is excellent if you enjoy proximity to the facilities. But there are downsides to that, too. (Lines forming by your seat, interesting odors, etc.)
You have maybe a couple of inches of recline before hitting the wall. During my flight to Boston last week, the guy in the middle seat couldn’t complain enough. (And he was the tallest guy in the row.) He said he preferred recline over legroom.
If you’re a Medallion member and find yourself on a transcontinental or “short” transoceanic flight, look for row 35. The legroom makes it worth it.
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