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Airline hate, round #234984839

From my NWA Weekly Deals newsletter:

"Northwest is saving some preferred seat assignments (including exit, aisle and window seats) for domestic and international travelers until check-in. With Coach Choice, you can confirm these preferred seat assignments 24 hours prior to departure for a modest fee. Domestic seats range from $5 to $35."

It would have gone over better with me if they had said that people willing to sit in a middle seat were getting a discount. But there's no way to sugarcoat that they seem to be taking away the ability to choose a window or aisle seat when you purchase your ticket.

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dawnd
Dec. 24th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
Wow. That is evil.
kmd
Dec. 24th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)

Wow. I ran into the $5 charge last time I traveled and wanted to reserve a "choice" seat, but then it was just the Exit rows I think.

@#$@#$#

GAD but I hope that lawsuit in Canada replicates here in the U.S. with a vengeance.
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firecat
Dec. 24th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I think airlines are doing really poorly right now, because the recession is causing people to avoid flying.

Yeah, it doesn't seem like shipping rates have gone back down due to the fuel price drop, either.

And yes, charging for checked baggage is worse. I assumed all the airlines had adopted that policy already.
cappyhead
Dec. 24th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Are you sure that's what it means? Or are they saying "Some of our preferred seats can be purchased 24 hours prior to departure. These seats may include exit rows, some aisle seats and some window seats." I thought NWA gave you map of the available seats on your flight and allowed you to select your seat at the time of ticket purchase.

I only buy tickets on a flight if I can guarantee two seats together, since my partner is a nervous flier. And I know I've flown NWA sometime in the past year...

firecat
Dec. 24th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they might just have worded it poorly. I hope so. It's supposedly a new policy.
innerdoggie
Dec. 24th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Flying sucks! I'd say take the train, except that is starting to suck , too.
firecat
Dec. 24th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Amtrak is pretty notorious for being hours late, I hear, but that's even worse than usual.
mjlayman
Dec. 25th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
And it's not their fault. They rent time/space on the rails and the rail owners can require reduced speed or waiting behind other trains, not to mention work on the tracks.
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demonspawnmom
Dec. 24th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
You'd think that the airlines would do anything and everything to lure new passengers, but nope, no such luck. More expensive fees, crowded cabins, and lost luggage galore!
mjlayman
Dec. 25th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
I saw some seats marked like that when I booked my flights for Minicon earlier this year. I'll be very unhappy if I have to sit in a middle seat, and so will the folks on either side of me.
firecat
Dec. 25th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Just some window/aisle seats, not all?
mjlayman
Dec. 25th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, all the exit row seats, plus about 12 window/aisle seats immediately behind. I got a window seat several rows further back. I don't need to get up during flights and I'm much happier not being climbed over.
firecat
Dec. 25th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
It's good to know it's not all of them. I almost always pick a seat toward the back of the plane anyway.
mjlayman
Dec. 25th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I suppose they could have made it more extensive since Easter, but it wasn't that many back then.
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