Flying Home For Thanksgiving Could Cost $5 To $30 More This Year

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More than 23.2 million grumpy travellers are expected to pack holiday flights this season, according to recent projections.That means you’re going to have to pay up big if you want extra legroom. 

In addition to bumping up baggage and carry-on fees, many airlines have upped their asking price for consumers who want more spacious seats on their flights.

Frontier Airlines announced earlier this week that it would charge new rates, starting at $15 for seats in roomy exit rows or at the front of the plane. 

Overall, you should expect to pay anywhere from $5 to $30 for the luxury of additional space, according to Airfarewatchdog‘s breakdown of seat fees on some major airlines.

Delta and U.S. Airways go easiest on your pocket, with their rates starting at just five bucks for roomier seats. 

But that’s if you’re given the option to choose at all. Some airlines don’t sell roomier seats to passengers and others, like American Air, offer “preferred” customers the privilege at an added cost.

Luckily, most airlines still give you the option to pick your seat when you book online at no added charge.

Extra fees come with the territory these days, as holiday travel has taken a nosedive in the last five years, according to the Air Transport Association of America (probably for good reason).

Air travel will be down 12% from the peak season in 2006, the organisation says, which explains why airlines are probably scrambling to find new ways to make up for the loss in revenue.  

As a rule, it’s best to book as early as you can, since flights are sure to fill up fast and nobody wants get stuck in the dreaded middle seat. Seatguru.com is a great tool if you’re looking for the best places to park it on your flight.

For Airfare watchdog’s listing of airline fees, check out their handy guide

Don’t let seat fees get you down. Click here for 7 rules to save money on holiday travel >

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