Best Red-Eye First Class Seat

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We all know red-eye flights suck, but sometimes they are a necessary evil. When I consider what is a red-eye flight I typically think of a transcontinental flight from the west coast to the east coast. Those are ok, because I can generally get into an internationally configured plane, but with red-eye flight from say, Las Vegas, to the east coast, you are looking at domestic First Class. That means recliner seats. So it is important to select your seat wisely. Here’s my choice:


I typically choose the last row for a few reasons. First, row 1 has light that comes from the galley. Sure it typically gets served drinks first, but I’m interested in sleep. Second, the last row enables you to recline right from the start. Lastly, selecting a window seat removes the chance your seat make will get up mid flight for a bathroom break thereby further interrupting your sleep.

By selecting the last row window seat I’m able to go to sleep and stay asleep. As soon as I hit the seat I put on my neck pillow, eye shades and hit the recline button.

Selecting the right seat on a red-eye makes the red-eye flight a little more tolerable.

What seat to you select on a red-eye flight?

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  1. I am in the minority, but I love redeyes. You are 100% correct on the best seat. I love that you can leave your seat reclined for taking and landing.

  2. Easy. I don’t take domestic red eyes anymore – not worth the wear and tear on my body. You are talking max 4 hours sleep and probably less due to announcements etc. Better to sleep in a real bed and get 4 hours of work done on the plane the next day.

  3. I never select the last row- have seen equipment changes where the new plane has 1 less row and those people get moved to coach. Also on many US Airways Airways planes the last row barely reclines, plus coats are often hung behind them. I select the window second from the back in first…

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