3 Responses

  1. The Flying Critic
    The Flying Critic at |

    Yes, US elites can continue to pick the preferred seats for free in advance.

    See the US FAQ on their new scheme:

    Dividend Miles Preferred members and companions traveling on the same reservation will be offered Choice Seats free of charge at any time after making their confirmed reservation. Preferred Members also have exclusive access to exit row seats.

  2. Clarice
    Clarice at |

    Jetblue is also now charging more for the seats with more legroom. $15 extra, but still ridiculous! So annoyed by this myself as a Trueblue member because the cost of travel has gone up as well. Sigh.

  3. Seth
    Seth at |

    Clarice:

    It is similar to JetBlue’s EML program, except that in US Air’s case, there is actually no difference in the seats, except their location on the plane. At least with JetBlue you’re getting 4″ of extra legroom (6″ on the E190s). JetBlue’s program is much more similar to United’s E+ in that they actually have a different product they’re selling you.

    And I’m almost certain that I’ll never pay it on JetBlue. Maybe on a redeye, but otherwise 34″ pitch is still more than enough for me, and the cost of travel has gone up enough that I try to avoide discretionary choices that make it go up even more.