Wednesday, August 18, 2010

American Airlines to charge for front-row seats

NEW YORK — American Airlines has found another fee.

The Fort Worth, Texas, airline said Wednesday it's now charging between $19 and $39 for "Express Seats" — those spots in the first few rows of coach that include bulkhead seats.

The carrier, which is operated by parent AMR Corp., is following in the footsteps of several other airlines who already charge for special seats. UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways, JetBlue, Frontier, Spirit and AirTran all have some seats that cost extra.

American said the price of the seats includes getting on the plane in the first "general boarding" group of passengers. The seats that will cost extra are in the first two or three rows of the coach cabin, depending on the size of the plane.

The seats can only be bought at airport kiosks between 24 hours to 50 minutes before the flight for travel within the U.S.

American, the country's second-largest airline behind Delta Air Lines, still provides its elite frequent fliers those seats for no extra charge. American also charges fees for checked bags, priority boarding, booking on the phone or in person, "sleep sets," unaccompanied minors and pets.

Gee...what a novel idea, what are they going to charge for next? I thought they already charged you for a seat? How about putting token meters on the lavatory?

Or an filtered air you breathe surcharge?


  1. sshhhh.someone must have heard you.....

    In an interview on BBC television this morning, Mr O’Leary said that the low-cost airline was looking at the possibility of installing a coin slot on the lavatory door so that “people might actually have to spend a pound to spend a penny.”

  2. I wish they would just add 20 bucks to the price of the ticket and stop this foolishness.
    It use to be such a nice experience years ago when the price of the tickets were not dirt cheap. You flew less, but appreciated it more. Back to regulation , maybe?

  3. I´m so glad I do not fly anymore.