New Airline Seat Policies

More and more airlines are taking away your ability to book seats ahead of time and free of charge. Several years ago British Airways changed their pre seat assignment policy to online only 24 hours prior to departure. A few weeks ago BA amended that policy- they will now allow pre seat assignment but for a fee. This is great news for those of us that are willing to pay in order to make sure we get the seat we want. The basic cost is $30USD/direction. Yes, another cash grab by the airlines but they all seem to be going that way. Air Canada recently announced you can now book exit or bulkhead – previously only available at check in or for a preferred flyer- once again for a fee but at least it is possible. This brings them in line with Westjet who has already being offering their exit seats at a premium.