|Published:||Sep 26, 2013 6:23 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 26, 2013 6:44 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Sometimes it seems like there's never enough legroom on airplanes. The airlines see your cramped frustration as a way to make a few more dollars.
It's your money and we asked if it's worth it.
Flying can be expensive, cramped and crazy. The next time you take to the skies you'll likely have a choice. The temptation of extra legroom can be very enticing and expensive.
Do you ever spend the extra money for more legroom?
"Actually I just started doing that," said Dan Johnson of Detroit who flew into RSW.
As air travel becomes increasingly competitive, airlines are looking for new ways to attract customers and make money. Hence more legroom and priority boarding.
"I'm gonna go to Las Vegas on Delta and I got the priority one," Johnson said, "so I got a little extra legroom and the seats go back 50% more."
A recent report from global information company IHS found premium economy is the wave of the future. With a forecasted growth of 17% in the next decade.
But not everyone is buying.
"I just don't feel like I need it. So I don't spring for the extra room for extra money," said Beth Clougherty.
Of course, it's all a matter of personal preference. If you're taller, it might be worth the extra money. But if you an average frugal flyer, money saving guru Kalyn Brooke says it's not worth it.
"There's so many fees already, on top of already expensive airline tickets," said Brooke who runs the Creative Savings Blog.
For instance, let's look at Delta, which offers economy comfort. It comes with four more inches of legroom, priority boarding and free beer and wine on international flights. The add-ons start at just nine dollars. But on a trip from Fort Myers to New York, it will cost you $29 for each leg.
"So if you have one stop, one layover, then technically it's four flights that's you're going to have to account for the extra $29," said Brooke.
One good piece of advice, if you want to splurge maybe buy the upgrade on your longer flights and not on the shorter ones.
And keep in mind, when you board early that means you get first access to the overhead bins. We all know how important that can be.
Remember that every airline offers a slightly different product, so read up on the airline's description of the upgrade before you buy.