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Comfort at 35,000 Feet

Comfort at 35,000 Feet

If you’re a frequent traveler, you know not all flights are created equal. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what creature comforts to expect at 35,000 feet?

Enter RouteHappy.com. Unlike traditional booking sites, RouteHappy allows you to find a flight based on price and “Happiness Factors,” including legroom, entertainment options, Wi-Fi availability and aircraft type.

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Check this out. There are 66 daily non-stop flights from New York City to Miami. Legroom on these trips ranges from 28” to 34” inches in coach. And the cheapest seat isn’t always the smallest.

Another tip: when possible, choose larger, newer planes. RouteHappy’s data team found that jets like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 have a more comfortable cabin pressure, meaning you’ll feel less jet-lagged and dehydrated when you reach your destination.

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Want to surf the web as you soar above the clouds? US Airways offers seven non-stop flights from New York to Phoenix each day, but only three of those have Internet access — plus an inch more legroom. All cost basically the same price, so a little knowledge goes a long way. 

What’s your best tip for booking comfortable flights? Connect with me on Twitter @Farnoosh and use the hashtag #finfit.