According to an article on MSNBC’s website, airlines are gearing up to start charging families extra for the “benefit” of being able to sit together. Many airlines are reportedly going to be charging as much as $25 per ticket (each way) for passengers to reserve their seat assignments. So essentially, for a family of 4, it will cost an extra $200 in airline fees for them to all sit together on their flights. And that is assuming they are on a direct flight and not making any connections, in which case that cost could easily double.
I understand that times are tough, and airlines are trying to find as many ways as possible to increase their revenues. But…times are tough for everyone, and families are trying to find as many ways as possible to cut costs. Forcing parents to pay extra to ensure that they are sitting next to their toddler or preschooler is, in my opinion, a totally ridiculous and, honestly, irresponsible move on the part of the airlines.
On the flip side, I can’t imagine that business travelers are going to love the idea of being seated next to an unsupervised child, and as I have witnessed in online conversations, they aren’t always willing to give up their seat for the benefit of the family, even given the less than ideal circumstances.
This policy is putting families, who are already probably scrimping and saving in order to take a trip in the first place, between a rock and a hard place. There has to be a better way.
What are your thoughts on this new policy?
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