Booking with Air Canada

I spent a considerable amount of time on the Air Canada site last week, booking my flight to Vancouver. You have no idea how many people want to go to Vancouver on a Tuesday. I picked what I thought would be an innocuous time… noon.

Click, click and another click, and I had the flight booked (for some reason it says it’s going to take me 5 and a half hours to get there, but that’s another story). Then I was presented with the option of being able to pre-book a seat.  Wow!!! This is new, I thought. Alas - there were only 7 seats available. All were in the *middle* - meaning no window or no aisle options. Eww. Now, had I known that prior to booking that specific flight, I would have chosen a different time to fly. Why wouldn’t Air Canada let you see the seating *before* doing the final booking?

It’s like buying Ticketmaster Tickets before knowing you were going to be in the nosebleed section.  It’s like reserving a room in a hotel, and then finding out you are tucked behind the kitchen. Eww.  

Now, not only am I disgruntled because I *have* to fly on Air Canada, and not with the friendly Westjetters, but already I’m dreading being stuck in the MIDDLE of strangers. Both ways, I might add.