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Want to Sit With Your Family on That Flight ? Get Ready to Pay More

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If you’re flying this summer, be prepared to kiss your family goodbye at the gate. Even if they’re on the same plane.

We’re flying to Boston for the Memorial Day Weekend and got slapped with an extra fee on our tickets for “preferred seats,” but it was the only way that we could get seats together. And even with $125 in extra fees, we will be scattered on the flight from Chicago to Boston.

Airlines are reserving a growing number of window and aisle seats for passengers willing to pay extra. That’s helping to boost revenue but also making it harder for friends and family members who don’t pay this fee to sit next to each other. At the peak of the summer travel season, it might be nearly impossible.

Airlines say their gate agents try to help family members without adjacent seats sit together, especially people flying with small children. Yet there is no guarantee things will work out.

I’m old enough to remember buying tickets for the advertised price with no add-ons. Now, I feel like my pockets are being picked by the airlines.

[Yahoo Finance]

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