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Old Aug 21, 17, 8:54 pm
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Dave Noble
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Originally Posted by ioto1902 View Post
I agree with ung1 that platinum should not pay for seat selection, and the "advantages" (upgrade, and now seat selection) linked to fare level empty the concept of "frequent flyer".

As for "exit seat selection", it was available only at the airport for a very good reason : to verify that you are fit to help during an emergency evac. Some airlines - NH not to mention - even checks that you speak English ...
Therefore, making it available in advance for a fee is questionable.
Platinum members can get the same seat selection now for free as before

The good reason isn't that good. Other airlines manage it quite well - get to the gate and the reader will bleep and get the agent to confirm that passenger is ok to sit in the exit row

Allowing it for a fee in advance is a good improvement over having to gamble at the airport
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