Friday, April 18, 2008

US Air's New Seat Charges

It’s kinda hard to agree with two divergent points of view at the same time.... but we’re gonna try.

Upgrade: Travel Better seems to seriously dislike US Air’s new “pay-more-for-nothing-special-extra” seats at the front of the plane. We’re talking up-front economy seats at windows and aisles. From the Upgrade blog: “US Airways, dead-set on reminding Americans why they should dislike air travel with a passion, and insistent on making the movement from point A to point B just a smidge tackier... These aren’t perks. There’s no extra legroom.” Which we wholeheartedly agree with.

Cranky Flier feels that the extra $5-30 for a “better” seat is a decent idea, and considers that “It’s all about paying extra for added value these days.” Which we wholeheartedly agree with.

It’s cheap and mean-spirited. Yet it’s also something we’ve espoused – the willingness to pay more for a better product.