Seat Upgrades

Airline Auctions Arrive

Airline Auctions

Airline Auctions

Airlines are known to leave no stone unturned in seeking additional revenue streams (generally referred to as ancillary revenue), especially those with little to no cost. Airline auctions are a new tool being used by airlines to sell upgraded seats to the highest bidder in the days prior to a flight departure. As compared to simply giving such upgrades away to passengers based upon frequent flier status, airline auctions provide an immediate boost to revenues and profits.

Airline Auctions Explained

Premium airline seats often come with extremely high fares, which often results in such seats going unsold. As a result, airlines seek ways to fill these seats, including by offering upgrades to passengers who have purchased economy or other non-premium seats. Airline auctions involve the sale of upgraded seats, which may include first class, business class and premium coach seats. In addition, some airlines have even offered passengers the ability to purchase a seat next to an empty seat, offering what could be termed “neighbor-free” seating. [···]

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Seat Upgrades from Economy Seating

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Seat upgrades? But I cannot afford first class seating! Yes, there once was a time when air passengers had two options for seating: first class and coach. Coach, which has since been abandoned by the term “economy”, has been expanded by many airlines into two different seating types in order to offer air passengers additional seating options. Let’s review current options for seat upgrades.

Seat Upgrades by Airline

The seat upgrades available within economy seating goes by various names depending upon the airline, such as the following: economy plus (United), main cabin extra (American), Delta Comfort (Delta), even more space (JetBlue), among others. As most air travelers know, Southwest, one of the largest airlines in the U.S., does not offer any seat upgrades on its flights above economy seating. Opinions on some of the best seat upgrades offered by U.S. domestic airlines are presented here. [···]

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