If you are a frequent flyer, than you may all ready know to watch for new fees to show up at any time. If you don’t fly as often, you may not be aware of some of the fees that airlines may charge you. The newest fee that some airlines have just recently begun charging is what they are calling a seat reservation fee.
Basically this is a fee that is being put on any seats that you book in advance of twenty fours before the flight. This may mean that you won’t get a good seat and it may mean if you are traveling with a companion the two of you won’t be able to sit together.
What airline companies are charging these fees currently?
So far, no major airlines are charging this fee as of today. However, AirTran, and Spirit charging a seat reservation fee and Southwest which advertises an open seating policy is now charging a pre-reservation fee. Plus, the major airline American just recently announced that they will begin charging an extra fee for passengers to sit in the front of the plane.
How much are these seat reservation fees?
It may depend on the flight and where you sit on the plane. A flight with AirTran taking off from Dayton, Ohio and landing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida would charge a seating reservation fee of $12 if you sit in the back of the plane, $30 if you sit in the front of the plane and $40 if you reserved an exit row seat.
What should a consumer do when booking airline trips?
Make sure you are aware of all fees involved such as any seat reservation charges when booking your trip and calculating these fees into the total price as you try to decide which is the best airline you to use. You may also want to talk to any friends you have recently traveled and ask if they were charged any other fees such as: check baggage fees, extra carry on baggage fees or even pillow fees.
Should you wait till the last minute to book your flight to skip the extra seat reservation fee?
This is up to you. Does the location of your seat really matter to you? Will your trip be a short one? Can you handle sitting near the bathrooms? Can you handle being scrunched in a middle seat? If you can handle a situation like this, go ahead and wait. If you know any of these situations would make you crazy, it may be worth spending the fee extra dollars to ensure that you have the seat you want.