February 26, 2013 | By Collette Peck
Many years ago I flew to Europe on British Air and I purchased the “premium economy seats”. My husband and I are both tall, so we dread the long haul flights crammed into coach seating. So I paid (at the time) a few hundred dollars more and got seats that allowed for more leg room and more recline. Since then I’ve often wondered why our domestic carriers never had this option. You either ponied up for business/first class or were crammed into coach – nothing in between.
Finally our domestic air partners are offering something in between: Comfort Economy Seats. And they offer these extra leg room, extra recline seats on domestic flights too, not just long haul international flights. Domestic seats can be upgraded from $29 each way, depending on the itinerary. Or for an international flight example: Salt Lake City to Paris can be upgraded to Economy Comfort seats for about $120 each way. On a recent domestic flight where I had purchased the upgrade for my husband and I, he commented, “These seats are great; I’d even pay a little more for these.” I just smiled.
After I’ve issued air tickets for my clients, I go over these options with them and get the seats they want so that perhaps they can enjoy their trip just a little bit more.