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United Airlines to pay more for economy seats near the front of the plane

The carrier will join competitors American Airlines and Delta Air Lines in practice.

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Great news for United Airlines travelers, who are selective with their seating assignments — the carrier will start charging fees for reserve select economy seats near the front of the unit later this year.

As noted by USA Today, the “preferred” seats are not bigger than the rest of the people in the economy class, and there is no special extras, such as United Economy Plus coach cabin, will be included.

On the contrary, United have a reason to hike costs, as the seats near the front of the cabin are generally regarded as more desirable than those near the back, given their easier access for entering and exiting the aircraft.

As noted by USA Today, the “preferred” seats are not bigger than the rest of the people in the economy class.

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With the move, the Chicago-headquartered carrier is a member of competitors American Airlines and Delta Air Lines in the practice of charging an additional fee for the reservation of economy seats near the front of the plane.

United Airlines representative Katie King confirmed to Fox News that the chairs behind the Economy Plus row and will be available for Corporate Preferred Elite Customers and the United MileagePlus Premier book for free.

The exact date that the new policy becomes effective, and booking costs for the securing of a preferred economy seat remain unclear at this time.

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Available for purchase to the public, the King announced that the preferred seats will be “open for all customers to select at the check-in, free of charge,” as they are not filled.

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King confirmed that the policy becomes effective later this year, but she did not indicate an exact date or booking costs for the securing of a preferred economy class seat.

 

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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