Travelers who fly to their destinations often have a favorite seat on the plane. Some people prefer windows and others prefer aisles, but window seats may now come with some extra fees. How many travelers will this rule possibly affect? Do Americans think this type of policy is fair? And do all the extra fees charged by airlines ever impact people’s travel plans?
In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 12% of US respondents said they travel via airplane more than once per year. 16% of respondents said they travel on airplanes about once per year. 14% said they travel once every few years. 38% said they rarely travel via airplane. And 21% said they’ve never flown on an airplane.
Of those who have flown on airplanes, 21% said they prefer aisle seats. 64% said they prefer window seats. And just 5% said they preferred seats in the middle. Another 10% had no opinion.
Of those travelers who prefer window seats, only 7% said they would definitely pay an extra fee for a window seat. 19% said they would probably pay an extra fee to get a window seat. 46% said they would probably not pay an extra fee. And 28% said they would definitely not pay more for a window seat. In general, only 12% of flyers said they think charging extra for a window seat is a fair policy. Those who prefer other seats to window seats were just as likely to find this policy to be unfair.
Overall, 54% of travelers said that extra fees charged by airlines have definitely impacted their travel plans. Another 42% of respondents said they find the extra fees to be a minor inconvenience. And only 4% of travelers said they are not bothered by extra fees.
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Results were collected on August 11 via AYTM’s online survey panel.