As the airline industry continues to struggle financially, they are continually finding new ways to generate revenue. So far we have checked luggage, purchased meals and head sets, and higher fares. Now we have purchased seats! Most of the carriers are requiring the traveler to be a very frequent flier (I call a fancy flyer) in order to get free and good seat assignments. Some carriers like British Airways do not give seats at all, even to business class travelers unless it is a completely refundable ticket. Most domestic carriers block the aisle and exit row seats for their premium clients. As a result, many times pre-assigned seats are only middle seats or in the very rear of the plane.
How to get better seats:
First, sign up for airline frequent flyer programs. Go on line, it is easy. Credit card points do not count toward airline status only flown miles under your name.
Second, purchase your airline ticket as early as possible. There are aisle seats, but only a few and they go quickly.
Third, check in on-line 24 hours prior to departure. The sooner the better will be your choices. You can also change a seat at checkin.
Fourth, get to the airport early and request a better seat. Some of the carriers now have airport upgrades for a very modest amount. Business class is always a better seat!
Fifth and last option, purchase a seat. I will be pleased to assist!
There is a great website I use to learn where the best seats are located. Check it out! www.seatguru.com