AA to start charging for first rows of coach

ATLANTA — American Airlines is starting to charge travelers on domestic flights who want to sit “in the first few rows of Coach, including bulkhead seats in that cabin,” the airline announced this week.

As part of its Express Seats service, travelers who pay for such a seat can board with the first group of coach passengers who board the plane. The fees range from $19 to $39.

“Express Seats highlights American’s focus on offering customers what they value most,” Virasb Vahidi, chief commercial officer for American Airlines, said in a news release. “This is another great product under the Your Choice program that puts more travel choices in the customer’s hands.”

Travelers can purchase a seat at an airport self-service check-in kiosk from 24 hours in advance of the flight to 50 minutes before the flight.

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