How to easily compare legroom across flights

A guide to the Legroom for Google Flights Chrome extension

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As Economy cabins become more cramped, getting the most legroom is increasingly important to our comfort, especially on longer flights.

When starting a trip search, Google Flights is usually the first place I start. And it is even more useful with Legrooms for Google Flights, a free extension available for Google Chrome web browser users. It helps you easily compare seat differences across a range of airlines and cabins.

Google Flights search results without the extension

Google Flights already displays seat pitch (the distance between your seat and the one in front of you). However, you have to click on each individual flight to access that information:

Legroom For Chrome extension screenshot
The Qantas Airbus A330 above offers average legroom at 31 inches

Google Flights search results with the extension

Economy Class

With Legroom For Chrome, you can compare the seat pitch across all flights in one glance:

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Did you know that Qantas and Scoot have less legroom than the Singapore Airlines and Emirates flights on the Melbourne – Singapore route?

Business Class

A standout feature is for Business Class passengers. They easily see which flights operate with a lie-flat (better) or an angled-flat (worse) seat.

Legroom For Chrome screenshot
You’ll want to avoid Emirates Business Class on this route as it doesn’t have lie-flat seats
Would you prefer an angled-flat seat on Emirates…
…or this lie-flat seat on Singapore Airlines?

First Class

If you’re flying at the pointy end, you can choose between an individual suite and a standard lie-flat seat.

Legroom For Chrome screenshot

Given that Singapore Airlines has so many seat types, you’ll probably want a private suite rather than an open one.

Would you prefer a double bed on the Airbus A380
…or the open suite on the Boeing 777-300ER?

Premium Economy

Most results will just say ‘extra reclining’, so it’s hard to compare across airlines for this cabin. I’d suggest checking out SeatGuru as part of your research.

Baggage information for US flights

This is not a feature of the Chrome extension; rather, it’s built into Google Flights. You can get info on how the price changes if you have carry-on and/or checked baggage.

For example, if I were purchasing a ticket from San Francisco to Austin, I would opt for Alaska, as United does not allow a carry-on (these must be Basic Economy fares).

Google Flights shows me that United does not allow a full-sized carry-on; Legroom For Chrome convinces me Alaska is the right choice with more legroom

You can see how the results change when I select a full-sized carry-on bag using the Bags filter.

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Beware of the difference between Economy and Basic Economy fares

Read more in our guide on how to save on checked baggage fees on domestic US flights.

How to install Legroom For Google Flights

Time needed: 2 minutes.

  1. Install Google Chrome

    Make sure you have Google Chrome installed as your web browser

  2. Install the Legroom For Google Flights extension

    It’s free

  3. Enjoy improved results

    The extension will automatically appear in your next Google Flights search

Summing up

Google Flights is already quite a reliable and easy-to-use flight search engine. Installing this nifty extension from a third party developer is a no-brainer to help enrich your results.

Google Flights is also a great tool for hacking cheap or free stopovers and creating price alerts.

Have you gotten any use out of this extension? Share your experience in the comments below.

How to easily compare legroom across flights was last modified: April 12th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt