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US Airways, other U.S. carriers charging more for preferred seating

Passengers booking cheap flights on various U.S. carriers like US Airways, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air will now have to pay more for “preferred seating”.

Many U.S. carriers have now started charging a premium amount for aisle and window seats. This is the latest ploy of the U.S.-based carriers to boost their revenues by charging more for “preferred seating”.

Katie Hulme, Spokeswoman for Delta Air Lines, said that U.S. carriers had to resort to charging a premium for preferring aisle and window seats because some seats are considered to be more desirable when compared to others. Apart from this, preferred seating arrangements like aisle and window seats also provided greater flexibility as well as choice to the passengers.

There are several carriers in the United States, such as Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air that have started charging their customers more for opting preferred seats at the window or aisle.

Some carriers are charging about $29 each way on domestic flights in the U.S., while passengers boarding international flights from the U.S. are paying as much as $59 extra.

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