Croatia Airlines introduces seat selection fee

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Croatia Airlines has today started charging economy class passengers for advanced seat selection on several of its routes up to 48 hours before departure. Economy class passengers flying to and from Zagreb to Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm and St Petersburg, as well as from Split to Copenhagen, will be charged fifteen euros if, upon booking, they choose to sit in an exit row seat, twelve euros for priority zone seating (first two economy class rows), and ten euros for all other seats. Senator and HON Circle members of the Miles & More frequent flyer programme are exempt from the charges. Passengers who do not select a seat will be automatically assigned one at check-in free of charge. Advanced seat selection fees are becoming increasingly common across the industry. Within the former Yugoslavia, Air Serbia charges their economy class passengers for early seat selection on all flights.

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  1. I don't know how they will survive this winter.

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    1. Same way they survived any other.

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    2. Not really, list of things to sell is growing thin.

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    3. They haven't sold anything in a while. Obviously they are going down the path of introducing ancillary services.

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    4. Didn't they announce a loss for this year? I don't think anyone believes their finances have stabilized.

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    5. OU will go bankrupt in the next two years.

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    6. Could you please give us a more precise date? This one year, two years statements we keep reading for years now.

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  2. I'm surprised Adria does not charge early seat selection. Also why did OU introduce this on just a few routes? Why not the entire network?

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    1. Adria: because they change aircrafts all the time.

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  3. Perhaps BoB will be next.

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    1. Probably since they need all the cash they can get.

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    2. Nothing wrong with BoB, on my opinion. Airlines are created to make money, not charity.
      Besides, this is becoming quite normal. You want to fly like a king, you have to pay for all the perks.
      Preferred seat, meal, leg room, Wi-fi, bags, priority boarding and so on.
      This will also allow OU to be more competitive with the rest of airlines, especially on busier routes.

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    3. Za 50 do 100 jura po letu uvoditi ovo nema smisla bolje da to bude privilegija onih sa MM karticom po klasama da mogu uz malu doplatu da imaju takva mesta kada ne lete u biznis klasi do 24 casa pred let.

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    4. Gdje si ti vidio letove za 50 do 100 eura kod OU i regionalnih aviokompanija?

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    5. Kratkorepi aviomenadjeru, "will be charged fifteen euros if, upon booking, they choose to sit in an exit row seat, twelve euros for priority zone seating (first two economy class rows), and ten euros for all other seats" sta mislis koliko ce biti takvih doplata?

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  4. Seat selecttion fee is ok, but only until 24 hours before departure. After that time it should be free (as LH is doing). Simply, who wanted to reserve the seat for himself has plenty of time and who doesn't want it should get alternative to choose FOC between remaining seats available.

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    1. And it is free, 48 hours before the flight. So, whatever is available to choose from after that period, you can select for free.

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    2. Sorry, I didn't know it was free 48 hours before departure.

      Unfortunately with Air Serbia it is not the case

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    3. Actually, it is free with Air Serbia, as well. At the time of check in, wether it is online or at the check in desk (so within 48h), if you do not want to pay for a specific seat, you will be assigned a free seat randomly chosen by the system. You do not have to pay. I see Croatia has adopted the same M.O.

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    4. When it comes to Croatia Airlines, within those 48 hours before the flight, you can choose the seat for free, not that you will be given one random one by the system.

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  5. Personally I think that chargibg for seat selection is a money grab . Sometimes you have to buy seats in advance especially if you are travelling with a minor. You want to be next to the minor. I have known people who travelled where they waited not to be charged and were sitting in different areas of the aircraft. Problem was they had children with them. Where the big money can be made is in excess baggage. Charge more for excess.

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  6. Još prije 15g sam čitao u komentaru jedne austrijske revije: zašto bi ljudi platili legacy cijenu za uslugu na nivoju low-cost.
    A mene je najviše šokiralo kad sam vidio da LX na transoceanskim letovima u BUSINESSU naplaćuje ekstra ako želi sjedit sam. Znači 3000 € nije dosta, iskeširaj još jedno 400

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  7. At Emirates check in desk (very far from Zagreb, three hours before take off, but lots of ppl already checked): Good evening sir, show me your ticket....thanks.....do you prefer window or aisle seat?

    Nothing was charged yet the flight was full.

    Air Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro: Ta torba vam je prevelika, duža je 3mm od propisa, moraćete je predati...OK, koliko da doplatim? 150 EUR. PA MJA KARTA JE KOŠTALA80 EUR! Prtljag od 10 kg da ima duplo skuplju kartu od mene koji imam 10 kg....Ako želite do prolaza, doplata 5 eur po pravcu, ako želite do prozora 10 EUR...

    That check in experience can also be charged, if you do not want online check in....

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