Buy the seat next to you for $4. (Spicejet)

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Old Aug 19, 13, 3:27 pm
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Buy the seat next to you for $4. (Spicejet)

LCC Spicejet (India) announced that now you can buy the seats next to you.

"Donít like sitting next to strangers? No-frills carrier SpiceJet will let you have the entire row, for a fee.

The Gurgaon-based carrier has tied up with travel services provider Optiontown to offer a wide range of dynamic travel options.

Passengers flying on SpiceJet can now opt for the Empty Seat Option (ESo) that offers them to have empty seats next to them for anywhere between R250-R900.

ďItís almost like getting a flat bed when you secure the entire row of three seats to yourself,Ē said Sachin Goel, CEO, Optiontown."


Buying seats is not new. But they are offering it for a mere $4-$15 (1USD=60 INR) where the flights costs an average of $150. Not sure if they will make any money but it will get them extra revenue on empty flights.

Just some interesting tidbit from the world of travel.
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Old Aug 19, 13, 8:40 pm
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How would this work

I guess this only goes for seats that are not sold? How would this work if the flight is full? A revenue seat surely costs more than 15 USD
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Old Aug 19, 13, 8:50 pm
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Are you left to fend off seat poachers by yourself?
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Old Aug 19, 13, 8:54 pm
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Yeah they will only release the seats if the flights aren't full.
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Old Aug 19, 13, 9:38 pm
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Doesnt matter!! If there is really an empty seat, no one is really going to pay for it. Use it anyway. That is how it works in India!!
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Old Aug 19, 13, 10:45 pm
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In India, even if there is an occupied seat, they will use that too. Especially on trains.
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Old Aug 20, 13, 2:06 am
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I used this on a Vietnam Airlines flight from SGN-NRT once. It was a bit more (~$30 I think) but worth every penny on a red eye. I had 3 of the 4 center section seats on an A330.
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Old Aug 20, 13, 2:15 am
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Originally Posted by OnePassenger View Post
I guess this only goes for seats that are not sold? How would this work if the flight is full? A revenue seat surely costs more than 15 USD
Am sure they will be giving this offer to folks very near the flight dates..am sure this option will not be available on default in every flight..
seems to be from optiontown considering their CEO is quoted here?

Originally Posted by knn9413a View Post
Doesnt matter!! If there is really an empty seat, no one is really going to pay for it. Use it anyway. That is how it works in India!!
But there is not guarantee that the flight is empty .. most pax in India don't have a clue on how to look for flight loads..
this option if available gives many folks a confirmed chance to have a wider space..maybe a good deal for many folks say mom's with infants who can book 2 seats @ max price of say Rs 1800 ( 900*2) and get the whole row..
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Old Aug 20, 13, 2:21 am
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yes this is from Optiontown. one only needs to go to Spicejet.com to see its written there.
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Old Aug 20, 13, 2:38 am
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Hell yeah I'd pay for it!
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Old Aug 20, 13, 12:29 pm
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I'd buy most of the cabin for that price and have a nice quiet flight!
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Old Aug 20, 13, 6:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Spoddy View Post
I'd buy most of the cabin for that price and have a nice quiet flight!
or better yet, coordinate with 10-20 of your "flyer" friends & have a party on board & a destination "DO"!
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Old Aug 20, 13, 6:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Goofy Foot View Post
In India, even if there is an occupied seat, they will use that too. Especially on trains.
+1. In my (admittedly limited) experience of SpiceJet, I can't imagine this will be particularly effectively policed once everyone is onboard...
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Old Aug 20, 13, 6:41 pm
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Well let's see.

This sounds like a check-in buy-up option.

You have 80 total seats, 60 passengers.

If 10 of the 60 "buy" the empty seat option, you simply assign seats to the 50 putting them all together, and then the 10 leavings the seats next to them empty.

Monetizing otherwise empty seats.

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Old Aug 20, 13, 7:26 pm
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Great idea

I would definitely buy the extra seat for that price. Sometimes it makes all the difference to have a little elbow room.
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