Are you a frequent flyer? Do you live and breath flyertalk? Do you know your frequent flyer number better than your phone number? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then I have two fantastic app recommendations for you to stare at seat maps… and do other things.
Jets ($2.99) is a slightly overpriced seat map app with an intuitive interface, and a solid featureset. When you first open it up, the app has a sleek black interface that serves as a home screen. On the top is a sweet search bar which easily and intuitively finds the seat map for your upcoming flight. You can also browse
seat maps by aircraft (which you can’t do in Seat Guru), airline, and location (which you also can’t do in Seat Guru). Right now the selection of aircraft models is limited to airbus, and boeing, but when they add more maps they will have great potential. I counted 91 airlines that they had listed, and the seatmaps for each are detailed. The seat maps are cartoony ad fit well to show spacing of seats and cabin arrangements. Seats are color coated, and by tapping on a seat, you can see more information on the pros and cons of that particular seat. One feature I particularly enjoyed is the shake-to-shuffle feature. By shaking the device, you are given a random seat map for your viewing pleasure. The app isn’t amazing, and still lacks many planes, but it has great potential if they update it well.
Seat Guru (FREE)
You’re probably going to tell me you already know about seat Guru. Did you know they have a dedicated ios app? Did you, Wiseguy?/ I didn’t think so. Anyways, they released it a few weeks ago, and so far it is fantastic (and free). The interface isn’t quite as snazzy as that of Jets (above) but where it lacks in form it makes up for in functionality. You can search for flights, check flight status, and view interactive seat maps. Once again, the seat map isn’t as intuitive as the Jets application, but their directory of airlines and aircraft is far beyond Jets’s. For example, for American Airlines it had everything from ERJs and Aerospatiales to MD 80s and 777s. I looked for about the most remote seatmap I could find by randomly scrolling and chose Royal Brunie Airlines’s 777-200. They had a full interactive seatmap of the plane with a tips and fact sheet, pitch and width for each cabin, and clickable seats. The advice is excellent, and I love how they mark seats with power. The flight search system is basically the same as the web version, with the exception of a mobile purchase link. The status checker is a nice touch, but is also nothing special.
Overall, due to it being free, and having a few more features and planes, this qualifies as a better app than Jets, but I think because of the great design, if they added a few features and updated their data, I could see Jets being a better app. But for now, enjoy them, and check them out. 🙂
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