When I worked on SeatExpert.com one of the concerns we had was that, as the airlines were moving to preferred economy seating it was becoming less clear if any of the non-preferred seats (read: seats you didn’t have to pay extra for) held any actual advantage over another.
Now it appears SAS is taking that one step further – charging passengers extra for window and aisle seats.
FetePerfection perfectly sums up how many passengers no doubt feel about such a change:
Let’s face it, the airlines aren’t stupid … they’re just greedy. They probably saw sites like SeatGuru, and to a lesser extent SeatExpert, and saw there was a demand these sites were meeting. Passengers are clearly interested in getting the best seat they possibly can for their long plane rides. Rather than offer a similar service as these seat search sites, the airlines are using that information to determine which seats can demand a higher price.