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US Airways to charge $5 – $30 fee for window, isle seats

airline_seatsWhen you travel by plan somewhere, I’m reasonably confident that you like either a window or an isle seat (lucky guess). Beginning May 7th, prepare to pay at least $5 more for either one of these if you fly US Airways and want to sit near the front of the plane.

The program is being called “Choice Seats” and is the airlines attempt to help offset the rising costs of fuel. Roughly 8% of seats on most flights would be included in the program.

The fee will be “as little as $5” but could easily be more, depending on how far you are flying:

$30 to Europe.

$25 to Hawaii.

$20 to Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda from Philadelphia, and $15 from other cities.

$15 on domestic flights of 1,101 miles or more.

$10 on flights of 501 to 1,100 miles.

$5 on flights of 500 miles or less.

The program and its fees will not apply to the turboprop Saab 340 planes flown by US Airways Express carriers, nor would it apply to frequent fliers with “preferred” status.

[Via Philadelphia Inquirer]

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