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Airline Trends: Fliers To Be Charged Extra For Window Seats

airplane While you can usually purchase your flight ticket and then reserve any seat you'd like in your section, airlines are beginning to charge extra for window seats. Certain airlines, like Delta, American Airlines, US Airways, Frontier, Spirit and Allegiant, have already implemented the "preferred seating" fees, charging $29 each way on domestic flights in the U.S. and $59 on international flights in the front section of the plane.

Aside for having to spend extra money, doing this also creates a problem for passengers who want to sit with their family and friends. By setting aside these more desirable seats, the airlines are making it difficult for people traveling together to always be seated near one another. Not surprisingly, these fees are part of a bigger plan to make up for rising fuel charges by adding fees to things that passengers are used to having included, like pillows, blankets, movies and beverages.

Of course, this isn't how the airlines are spinning it. Katie Hulme, a spokesperson for Delta, explained to CNN, "Offering preferred seats for sale to all Delta passengers means that we are offering different seat selection options to enable more passengers to travel in their seat of choice."

What do you think of preferred seating charges?

[photo via VirtualErn]

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