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U.S. Airways to Charge For Aisle and Window Seats

US Airways to Charge For Aisle and Window Seats

Following suit with Northwest's 2006 concept, US Airways is making the move to charge customers for the best economy class seats. Most travelers consider themselves reasonably lucky to get a window or aisle seat assignment, and the airline is taking luck out of the equation. The extra charge will only apply to the non-middle seats in several front rows of the plane — there's no extra leg room, but you'll be out of the plane faster than passengers who didn't pay more.

As of May 7, US Airways "Choice Seat" program will ask you to pay $5 when you reserve an aisle or window seat in the front rows of coach. This initiative follows their February announcement that checking a second bag will cost an additional $25. Five dollars might be worth the added value of sitting in the front of the plane, especially if you have a crunched-for-time connection or have serious issues with sitting in the middle.


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avettafawna avettafawna 9 years
Hey Meike, at least you had the option of paying $5 for a movie on a five hour flight. My 5 & 1/2 hour Northwest flight was on a plane that didn't even offer a movie. Never again!
MindayH MindayH 9 years
Correct me if I am worng but I am guessing that it is $5 and $25 each way - so that is actually $60 round trip, right? ps if you haven't flown Virgin America, you have to pay extra for a second bag with them too, but that has been the policy from day one
stargazer25 stargazer25 9 years
Can we say "Nickel and dimed..."
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Guess who isn't flying US Airways anymore!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I agree, freegracefrom - TRAINS! However, it's surprisingly expensive to ride AMTRACK these days...
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
there goes another airline on my "never fly again" list
Meike Meike 9 years
I rode on U.S. Airways for my business trip. 5 hours and nothing but a drink and pretzels. A meal was optional at $7.00 or so. Additionally, they charge $5.00 for lousy headphones to watch the in-flight movie. My suggestion when traveling by U.S. Airways, bring your own meal and headphones on board. The worst their service is, the more people will migrate to other better airlines.
emilyeileen emilyeileen 9 years
Outrageous! I guess USAirways doesn't like having customers! I hate that these big companies are starting to nickel and dime everyone to death...
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Let's bring back the trains. And they think they're going to save their businesses by jacking up their price for every nitpicky little thing on their customers like this?
libre1 libre1 9 years
To be honest, with the way people can pack so much or so little, or weigh so much or so little, I'm beginning to think that they should have like a 'base' charge, and then charge you, by weight, for however much over that you are (you being your own individual weight plus your luggage). I mean, the heavier the plane, the more fuel is used. That way, if you pack really light, or you really need to pack a second suitcase, you're paying for your fair share. I guess that they've worked out that people who really want the aisle or window seats, as opposed to the people who just like them, will pay for them. It'll be interesting to see how it works out.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
i am so annoyed with this whole bag situation. seriously, how are my husband and i supposed to go away for 7 days with just 2 suitcases. i am so mad that when we go to mexico in june, we will have to pay atleast $25 for an extra suitcase and if that isn't enough another $25 for a 4th bag. i try to pack light but you need clothes for daytime and night time plus toiletries. ughhhh!!!
SDTransplant SDTransplant 9 years
First they take away the free snacks. Then they start charging extra for a second bag. Now you have to pay an additional fee for aisle or window seats up front? How ludicrous. What's next, are we going to have to pay for water, coffee, or soda now?
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
why? train is looking better.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
So does that mean if there are 2 of you flying and you want to sit together that someone has to pay for the window or aisle seat? Either way it's just crazy that you'd have to pay for something like that. Why not raise all ticket prices by $5. You'd make more money and you wouldn't have to get crappy press for it.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
This is just absolutely ridiculous! The service on these airlines are pathetic. They delay people for hours or days and after you pay for an already ridiculously priced ticket you now have to pay to sit on the plane. They are full of shit!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
You're joking ...
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
This is getting incredibly ridiculous! I get that fuel prices are up, but these fees have no relation to the amount of fuel used.
avettafawna avettafawna 9 years
I agree that air travel seems to be getting worse and worse, and in my personal experience, US Airways and Northwest are both pretty crappy airlines, so I'm not surprised that they're the first two to implement such tacky practices. I actually wrote Northwest an email after one recent trip, in which I was on a five and a half hour flight with no movie or tv, no food, and a broken toilet. It felt like I was on a Greyhound bus. And for the record, those 'economy plus' seats on Northwest are not $5, but $25-$30. And the airlines wonder why they're all going bankrupt?
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
As someone who travels a good bit, to me it's not about the money it's the principle behind the matter. $25 for your second bag is even crazier!! Checking 2 bags is like... your God-given right!!! Skeezeballs... Usually I don't really care which airline I travel but these skeezeballs just lost a customer over $30, I wouldn't be surprised if this cheap ploy for profit turns off a lot of customers and ends up backfiring.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Hey I'll bring a couple of rolls of duct tape and a blanket and sit on the wing if the want to charge extra to not be trapped in the middle.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
I guess they are trying to make a quick buck.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
I work for the airlines and hearing all these rules they are infringing upon passengers....I wouldn't blame you all one bit for not wanting to fly. It just seems to be so damn unpleasant. And charging $5 for a window or aisle? Sure, it's not that much money but that is such BS
syako syako 9 years
:oy: to be honest, with all these new "ideas" I find it really unpleasant to fly anymore. In fact, my husband and I decided we'd drive 22 hours for vacation this summer instead of paying $400 each for three CRAPPY airline tickets with a 12 hour total fly time. I'm fed up with airlines.
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