|Subject: Re: airplane seating for families|
Anne and others traveling as families,
While I can't comment on the advantages of joining the clubs, I have benefited from the advice many years ago of a couple of airline employees who told me to ask the reservations agent to book our family of four as two records. Apparently, what happens is that the airline computers are configured such that they will look automatically for four seats in one row rather than try more creative arrangements such as two seats behind another two seats, or two sets of adjoining aisle arrangements. In other words, the person making the booking has a very difficult time overriding the automatic placement of four in a row, but can easily work with your request to have two sets of two placed near each other.
Enjoy your travels, Dot in Silicon Valley