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TravelHaven News Brief – Delta Air Lines “Seat Options”

I just received the following email from Delta Air Lines:

“Say goodbye to seat envy! We’re giving you more power over where you sit on upcoming flights.

With our new Coach Choice Seats , you may now purchase select window, aisle or exit-row seats when you check in online or at a Delta airport kiosk.

Prices range from $5 to $25 per flight depending on distance traveled and seat location. So what are you waiting for? Simply check in online within 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure to make the change and claim your new seat. The choice is yours.

We also want to let you know that effective immediately, we’re eliminating SkyMiles® and WorldPerks® Award Ticket fuel surcharges , which were instituted earlier this year in response to unprecedented fuel costs.

Please visit delta.com for the latest fee information and for all your travel needs—near and far. You also can reserve hotel rooms or car rentals and sign up for real-time flight information online. Then check out our Delta Blog to see "under the wing" and behind the scenes as we share stories on ideas, changes and our people.”

On the surface, it seems like this might be a good thing if you were unable to get an aisle or exit row seat, but I just wonder if this isn’t a “trial” to see if people will pay to sit in the seat of their choice. Could it be that this will lead to all aisle, window and exit row seats being for sale? We’ll just have to wait and see. What od you think? Keep checking back and I’ll keep you advised as I hear more.