Remember when seat selection was as easy as, you know, selecting your seat? You made a reservation, were asked if you preferred aisle or window, and generally got to sit where you wanted.
But in the endless cash-grab that is flying in 2018, seat selection has gotten massively complicated. And it’s now a sometimes months-long game of chicken with the airlines to see if you’ll pay more for a halfway decent seat. But the odds of getting a good seat for free improve the longer you wait to pick one. You’ve just got to understand how the game works before you play it.