A totally new class of service took to the skies just this week. Read on for details.
If the airline industry is right, we’re about to double our spend on ancillary airline fees. A Sabre study just released shows that we currently spend on average $44 per flight in extras, including meals, legroom, class of service upgrades, and checked bags. Their survey further indicates that we’d actually be willing to spend double that, and how that may be possible. They say that those of us who do pay extra most want either preferred seating and extra leg room.
With this week’s news on Alaska Airlines, there’s yet another reason to consider the possibility of upgrades.
Hawaiian Airlines Service Options.
1. Extra comfort seating. These seats provide extra legroom, priority security and boarding, additional entertainment options, plus pillow and blanket. We’ve long been fans of row 11 Extra Comfort seats on their Airbus 330 aircraft since that was first introduced. The amount of personal space is exceptional as is the value. The cost is $80 from all mainland gateways except New York, which is $145.
2. Meals including wine are complementary on Hawaiian Airlines. Upgraded meals and snacks are also available for a fee.
3. Checked luggage costs $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second bag.
4. First class upgrades are available as mileage, paid and bid upgrades. Mileage upgrades start at 25,000 and paid ones range from $379 to $819. Here’s more information we wrote on bidding to upgrade.
Alaska Airlines Service Options.
1. Premium class takes to the sky. Last year Alaska announced their version of premium economy, including on flights to Hawaii. Premium includes priority boarding and 3-4 inches added legroom. Alaska plans to offer other amenities but these have not been announced yet. Premium will become an upgrade option at booking as of January 5, 2017 or as a day of travel upgrade. Until then you may encounter it, although it is not for sale. Just this week, the new Alaska 3-class configuration (first, premium and economy) started flying on some of Alaska’s trans-continental flights.
2. Preferred seating in economy. At this time Alaska also offers extra legroom seats, including bulkhead and exit rows. Those provide additional legroom and are available on flights to Hawaii for $50.
3. Other ancillary fees on Alaska include meals, and a $25 each checked luggage fee on the first two bags.
4. First class upgrades are available for either 15,000 miles or for $150-$200 based on distance from Hawaii.