United Airlines has found a new way to get more money out of people-- charge more fees for economy seats near the front of the aircraft. The fee reflects the fact that the seats near the front are considered more desirable than those in the back because they give easier access for entering and exiting the plane. USA Today notes that these so-called "preferred" seats offer no additional perks (such as offering more legroom or something along those lines.) The move means United joins competitors American Airlines and Delta Airlines who already charge extra for reserving economy seats near the front. A representative says the policy will go into effect later this year.
With the move, the Chicago-headquartered carrier is joining competitors American Airlines and Delta Air Lines in the practice of charging an additional fee for reserving economy seats near the front of the aircraft.
A United Airlines representative confirmed to Fox News that the seats will be behind the Economy Plus row, and will be available for Corporate Preferred Elite Customers and United MileagePlus Premier to book free of charge.
"If these seats are not filled, they will be opened for all customers to select at check-in, free of charge," the carrier's statement added, though the same seats will be "available for puchase" for all customers who wish to book prior to check-in.