|My dog crosses the line|
Thanks fully I don’t fly very often anymore. We have to fly to Boston in August for a family matter.
American now charges an additional $20 if you want to select your seat ahead of time and if you want access to the overhead bins.
We don’t have many options in Charlotte but I’m flying Jet Blue instead.
It's the Spirit Air model, start with a low fare and then make you pay for everything over and above a basic seat.
Long time ago there was an airline called People's Express that did this way ahead of their time. They were parodied on SNL as "People's Cargo" and eventually sold to Continental.
|Almost as Fast as a Speeding Bullet|
Jeff, are you sure that's for all fares?
I know they have instituted an ultra-low cost ticket tier, but I have been unaware of any changes otherwise.
Edited to add: Yes, you must be looking at the "Basic Economy" ticket level. Everything above that still gets normal seat choosing and overhead privileges.
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Southwest is another option. 15 dollar, per person, each way Early bird that gets you in the "A" group.
Sit wherever you want.
Also, no checked bag fee.
Or, you can skip the Early Bird option and check in right at the 24 hour check in time. You might get lucky. Good Luck.
|Do No Harm,|
Do Know Harm
I just flew Allegiant to and from Concord/Sanford (FL). Had to pay extra to sit next to my 10yo. If I wanted a "carry on" I had to pay another $15/person/flight. I checked a bag (40lbs limit rather than the standard 50lbs) with a gun, so we put all our stuff in that, plus a "personal item" each-small backpacks.
The wife and I are going to TX in September. Just bought our tickets through United, after watching prices for several weeks. Sitting wherever they assign us, no carry-on:
I'd rather drive and bring all my shit and not be bothered by TSA trolls.
Knowing what one is talking about is widely admired but not strictly required here.
Although sometimes distracting, there is often a certain entertainment value to this easy standard.
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The discount a la carte pricing model can be beneficial sometimes. I can fly direct from Raleigh to Cincy to see family in Louisville for about $60-80 round trip on Frontier. $80 in gas doesn't even get me all the way there by car.
Granted, it's not comfortable, I don't get to pick my seat, and I can only pack one "personal" bag that can fit under the seat in front of me, but it's cheap and quick and makes it much more accessible for me to spend time with family.
I Like Guns and stuff
Jet Blue from DC to Boston was horrible. We were in an ancient plane that had legroom for a 3 year old and seats that reclined MAYBE 2 degrees. I felt like I’d been beaten with a tire iron and the flight was only a couple hours.
|Go ahead punk, make my day|
You want it cheap you get it cheap.
People complain that flying isn’t nice like it used to be. That goes both ways. The last time I flew, I was the only person wearing a tie, crew excepted. Most of the people on the plane were dressed so as to make Greyhound’s clientele look classy.
Passenger flights are simply Greyhound buses in the sky. Airports and bus stops are almost one & the same now.
Flying anymore just sucks.
|Go ahead punk, make my day|
Or oh, my economy plus seat for $87 round trip has crappy leg room, no food, and uncomfortable.
Duh, you're paying $87 to fly the distance it would take the settlers months to travel and suffer 25% fatalities.
Put it in some perspective!
There is a bare bones fare that has no carry-on (boarding group 9), but otherwise, you will pay for checked luggage, and you may have one carry-on item (overhead) and one personal item (under the seat ahead of you).
It's not a racket. It's an opportunity for those who don't want the additional space to pay less. You're being given options.
Last year I flew from Seattle to Oakland to visit family in the Bay Area. I had 1 bag to check, and had salmon & halibut in a Yeti cooler. So, looking at fares on Alaska, economy was $95 each way. With 2 checked bags at $25 each, it would go up to $145 each way. First class was $173 each way, which included 2 checked bags, so for essentially $28 more each way, I was able to distance myself from the "hoi polloi".
Also, Seat Guru helps when choosing seats. It gives details for each airline. What looks like a good seat on the airline seat charts, may not be so good:
|I Am The Walrus|
Yeah, I take the cheapest possible because most of the time, I'm flying somewhere to drive a car back...
I just put the front tray down and take a nap.
Allegiant waives most or all of their fees for current or retired military.
"Dead Midgets Handled With No Questions Asked"
I fly Allegiant quit a bit to St. Pete and I predict that we all will be issued "flying suits" prior to departure. Not to aid in flying but to zip up, prevent access to pockets and a loop at the back of the neck to allow one to hang from a hook that slides to the plane and get moved around like bovine carcasses.
I should be tall and rich too; That ain't gonna happen either
Yeah, my choice now is to UPS a box of my crap to the destination. Most hotels will do this, and if you're visiting relatives its a breeze. Mostly I go places where someone has a gun I can borrow when I arrive, I don't screw with taking one in the baggage.
My recent Jetblue experience was from Philadelphia to Boston and back..Flying time just over and hour each way, was comfortable, a whole can of ginger ale and a cup, napkin and a bag of Cheese-its..nothing to complain about here.
|His Royal Hiney|
I can see paying for preselected seats but access to the overhead??? It’s not like they’ll let put your carryon in your lap.
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