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Continental Finishes Economy Plus Rollout on 757-200s – Good News for Coach Flyers to Europe

If you’ve been stuck in coach on a Continental flight to Europe (as I have) you have likely thought to yourself at some point during the flight that you would like 6 additional inches of legroom. Or wondering why you weren’t born about 7 inches shorter. You probably were thinking that as the person in front of you reclined into your lap (which sounds like it could be a good thing under the right circumstances, but I don’t really mean it that way…)

If you’ve been in that seat, we’ve gotten some good news this morning: United (aka Continental) has completed its rollout of Economy Plus across its 757-200 fleet. If you have Gold status or higher, you can pick one of those 45 seats for free when you purchase the ticket; if you have Silver status you can get it at check-in (save your complaints – I know that’s not how it used to be). Everyone else is welcome to purchase it, and at a couple of hundred dollars or so roundtrip, it may be worth it to you.

Those of us who have a rough time in the tight confines of coach on longer flights now have a couple of reasonable options to grab a few more inches of legroom, with Delta offering Economy Comfort on flights to Europe you can grab more room for about $150 per leg. Again, maybe that’s worth it to you, maybe it’s not. But it does make a difference in terms of comfort. And since I really don’t care that much about airline food (or sleeping), especially on the way back from Europe, business class sometimes seems like overkill to me (Dear God, Blasphemer!!!! Travel blogger doesn’t not go nuts about Business Class!!!! Call the Blogger police, now!)

Although the 757-200 sometimes shows up on domestic flights, you’ll generally see it on these routes:

Newark to: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, Lima, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Oslo, Paris, Shannon, Stockholm and Stuttgart.

Washington-Dulles and: Amsterdam and Paris.

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