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I'm Asking: Would You Pay For Advanced Seat Assignments?

I'm Asking: Would You Pay For Advanced Seat Assignments?

Ahh, remember when you booked a plane ticket and that was the last time you took out your wallet? I sure do, but with all the standard à la carte charges now, there are only so many potential fees left — like picking out seats?

Earlier this month, British Airways announced a charge ($16 and up) to book seats in advance, up to 355 days whether you're riding in first or business classes . . . or back in economy. The alternative? Wait within 24 hours of the flight's departure to race other passengers to pick your seats for free. I've experienced the unknown of the unassigned seating process with Southwest but, for standard-fared tickets, should this even be a factor in the booking equation?

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glitterwink glitterwink 6 years
Yes. I'd pay $16 to sit near an exit row any day.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
only for international flights
mek123 mek123 6 years
Maybe for a long-haul flight but the airlines are going crazy with all the fees.
Angelica Angelica 6 years
Yes! It just depends on the length of the flight, who I'm traveling with etc. The one thing I don't get though, are the pay-to-go-through-security-faster passes. Everyone departs at the same time and I never think those lines are moving any faster than the standard line.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I've never really cared too much about where I sit on a plane flight. If my husband and I happen to get separate seats, we usually ask the person next to one of us if they'd mind swapping and most people are fairly willing to do it, so it's never really been an issue.
aistea311 aistea311 6 years
I truly miss the days when your family could walk and pick you up from the gate and you didn't have to lower the amount of baggage or liquids because of ridiculous airline rules.
aistea311 aistea311 6 years
No way. I think Southwest idea may make all their passengers feel like cattle, but it's free-range *pun intended* seating. I hate that if you want an exit row, especially if lets say you are tall, you have to pay extra. I find it ridiculous that some airlines even charge for something as basic as water on a plane.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
yes - i would DEFINITELY pay to guarantee (sort of) my seat. i'm not one to enjoy leaving things like that up to chance. i don't want to end up in the middle if i don't have to and i like to be far forward. i think that especially if i'm traveling with someone else, i'd really really want to make sure that we're sitting together and 24 hours prior to the flight doesn't guarantee my comfort.
pearsbeary pearsbeary 6 years
i'm with Anonymous on this one...i like to choose my seats for longer, international flights...but domestic ones don't really matter for me...not enough to warrant a $16 minimum charge
Chouette4u Chouette4u 6 years
I'm just waiting for the airlines to start monitoring your individual oxygen consumption and charging you accordingly.
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