Preferred seats now available to non-elites at booking

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  1. John777

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    Are these seats that were not previously available under this program, i.e. new additions to the preferred seats? I never looked that carefully since most of my bookings are months in advance so competition for a good seat isn't influenced by the program.
     
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    The Exit Rows really upset me - that is a big deal for elites.
     
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    I think the major (and unfortunate) change here is that they are now available at booking, whereas they used to only be available within 24 hrs of departure.

    I didn't have a problem with offering them within 24 hrs of departure, but I think now offering some of the best seats that were previously held for elites is a bad call.
     
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    Didn't this change back in September though? Or we're these seats not part of the original offering when preferred/preferred plus seating policies were updated?
     
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    It must be that they've recently added the exit rows, then. These seats were not part of the original offering.
     
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    The exit rows were added recently, however.
     
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    Huge devaluation to elites. Exit rows are very often the only perk we get. My two cents.
     
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    I was able to purchase exit rows last week for the flights that complete my status challenge. While for me I am quite happy to get exit rows round trip (I'm 6'5, so the legroom is worth it) but I do understand the complaints
     
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    For me it comes down to whether I'm feelin more cranky or more cheap.;)
     
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    It's just a limited number of exit row seats, right? I noticed the new maps when making a booking last night, but it didn't really impact me. I wonder whether people who are flying economy will really pay the extra for the exit row seats.
     
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    That's right. For example, it's 3 seats on the 737. However these are the exit seats with recline (ABC), and I think therefore more desirable. Allowing 25% of the exit row seats to be sold to non-elites will have a big effect on elite-heavy routes, especially for those of us who purchase tickets a day or two ahead of time.
     
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    I never buy on short notice, so I hadn't thought of that. That being said, do you know the pricing on those seats? Again, I wonder to what extent people will end up buying them. (Not that the availability isn't an elite devaluation in and of itself.)
     
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    Just did a quick check, some examples include IAD-LAX at $35, and DCA-DFW at $14.
     
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    ATL-MIA is also $14
     
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    Thanks. It's distance-based and pricey enough that I don't think they will be purchased that often.
     
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    Doesn't seem that expensive, IMHO.
     
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    You're right, in absolute terms. But I am not sure many non-elite deep-discount passengers are going to be willing to pay 10-15% extra for their trip for the choice seat, especially if they are socked with bag fees as well.
     
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    Considering this seems to be an expansion, perhaps AA's experience with preferred seats suggests otherwise?
     
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    Maybe. But it seems to have few costs (other than some elite grumbling), so why not? Even if used only infrequently, it's still extra revenue.
     
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    I'm not grumbling. I'm yelling! :)
     
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    I almost always select the exit seat rows when flying in coach.
     
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    As an FYI, elites will have access to Preferred Plus Seats, which are additional seats in the main cabin that are exclusive for premium customers (AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, AAdvantage® Platinum, AAdvantage® Gold, full-fare customers, AAirpass customers and oneworld® elite status members). This is in addition to complementary access to the Preferred Seats inventory. Additionally, companions of AAdvantage® elite and oneworld® elite customers traveling in the same reservation will have the same complimentary seating options as the elite customer.
     
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