Since airlines are trying to maximise their revenue, it is common to pay for seats these days. In the past, all seats were free to select, but things have changed.
Some people won’t pay for seats on principal but others will pay all the time. Should you do this or is it best to save your money and take your chances?
Pay For Seats!
I am a firm believer of ponying up the cash to sit where I want to sit. There are several reasons for this. For one, seats at the front often come with priority boarding and I like getting on first so I know I have a place to stow my cabin baggage.
Also, some seats are better than others. For example, I know that row three and row six on an Aer Lingus A320 have a decent window alignment. I like to see out without having to stretch, and the views are worth it.
On long haul flights, I generally like to have an aisle seat. This way I can get up and down without bothering anyone, plus it’s easy to visit the crew in the galley.
That being said, it can be expensive. You can pay as much as £80 or more on a British Airways flight in business class for example. Is that worth it? Well, for a flight of 12 hours or more, I’d say it is. The possibility of being stuck in the middle is enough to get me forking out the cash.
It is a very personal thing as to whether you pay for seats or not. As you can see, I think it is worth it, no matter what the cost. Even so, I still wince when I pay €50 return for a flight, then have to pay €34 on top for seating. Even so, the benefits are worth it.
What is nice is when frequent flyer benefits give you seating for free. This is a tangible cost saving and a really decent reward for being a loyal customer.
Do you pay for seats? What’s the most you have paid? What do you think of the whole situation? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Ryanair ground image by Jordan McSherry.