Airline ancillary fees for extra legroom and exit row seats are out of control. Hawaiian Air is the latest airline we reported to join the “unbundled seat charge fray.”
I’m all for more space on claustrophobic airplanes. And I’ve even been known to splurge for first class upgrades and round-the-world fares in order to avoid being in the back. I definitely prefer the quieter and less visually cluttered feeling of sitting near the front.
Paid Economy Seats
When it comes to premium seats in standard economy, however, I for one am not too sure that they’re always a good deal. Let me know your thoughts on that too. On the other hand, when I flew from Sydney to Honolulu on Jetstar last December, the $50 per person fee for the exit row seats was a fabulous deal.
- Reserve seats immediately when booking. As you may recall, I reported that when Hawaiian Air would not reserve seats, I was unwilling to click the “pay now” button until they agreed to the seats I wanted. And they did.
- Remember the best non-paid and paid economy seats will always go first. So the earlier you can book, the better your options.
- Check Seat Guru before buying an upgrade to see what they report on specific seats for your flight.
- Print the receipt for the upgraded seats you paid for and keep it handy at check-in. Sometimes seats may have been reassigned and you need proof of payment. This happened to me at JetStar. The upgraded seats I paid for were assigned to another couple. My receipt allowed us to obtain the seats we were entitled to.
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