Tips to snag seats together on holiday flights

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 12:19 am •  Published: November 13, 2012
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— Check in 24 hours in advance when airlines start releasing more seats. If connecting, see if seats have opened up 24 hours before the second flight departs.

— Keep looking for new seats. Even after checking in, seats can be changed at airport kiosks and on some airlines' mobile applications.

— Ask at check-in. Agents can sometimes put families in seats held just prior to departure for disabled passengers.

— Ask again. Gate agents and flight attendants can sometimes seek volunteers to swap seats.

— If flying Southwest Airlines set an alarm for exactly 24 hours before departure and check in online. The airline lets passengers pick their own seat at boarding. The earlier you check-in, the quicker you board the plane.

— If all else fails, offer nearby passengers candy or a drink to switch seats. Seriously, bartering works.

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Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott.