US Airways Window and Aisle Seats

US Airways Window and Aisle Seats

With gas prices continuing to rise, airlines are looking for new ways to make extra money on flights. Charging passengers for a second checked bag has proved popular among airlines and now US Airways is charging a minimum of $5 per flight segment for a Choice Seat, an aisle or window seat in the first several rows of coach class. As of May 7, 2008, passengers are able to purchase a Choice Seat on US Airways and US Airways Express operated flights during Web check-in at usairways.com. Dividend Miles Preferred members will be able to reserve a Choice Seat free of charge any time after booking. While $5 doesn’t seem like much, the cost is required for each segment. So if you’re flying from Los Angeles to Philadelphia and connecting in Charlotte, you will be paying an extra $20 to secure a Choice Seat roundtrip. Most of the coach seat assignments will not be designated as a Choice Seat and are assigned free of charge — only approximately eight percent of seats will require the minimum $5 fee.

US Airways president Scott Kirby said in a letter to the airline’s employees: “Several other airlines have already instituted similar programs, and I would venture to say we’ll soon see more competitors offer something comparable. Our industry is changing to a more a la carte model where customers who want extra services, like a better seat assignment, will have the choice to purchase these things.”

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