Price-conscious travelers with long legs should book their flights on Qatar Airways, according to a new study from Skyscanner.
When customers decide to pay more for extra inches of legroom on long-haul flights, their dollar will go furthest on Qatar, the study said.
In regular economy, travelers get between 31 and 33 inches of legroom on Qatar. In premium economy, that number can go from 38 to 42 inches. And the airline does not charge an additional fee for customers who wish to select a seat with a bit more legroom (for example, an emergency exit row). The cost per centimeter of legroom aboard Qatar comes out to about $8.44.
Runners-up for overall value for money were Air India, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
However travelers should bear in mind that the race for legroom value is one that constantly changes. Not only are many airlines cutting back on inches, many are starting to charge rock-bottom fares with additional charges for practically everything imaginable, including legroom.
Travelers conscious of how much space they need to stretch out their legs should check out SeatGuru before selecting a spot on the plane. The service offers details on legroom, seat recline, proximity to bathrooms, and any seat-back amenities.