Eight North American Carriers Offering Premium Economy

Less-expensive alternative to business class

I had the chance to take a tour of British Airways’ Airbus A380 jumbo jet.  BA’s double-decker jet has three classes of service -- first, business and premium economy. Airlines are offering premium economy for travelers who want a few more amenities, but don’t want to make the full (and pricier) leap to business or first class. It’s a great way for airlines to get a quick upsell and extra revenue, and it allows travelers to treat themselves without breaking the bank. Below are eight North American airlines with a premium economy product and what amenities they offer.

  • 01 of 08
    Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

    The Atlanta-based carrier offers Economy Comfort seating. Passengers receive up to four extra inches of seat pitch, early boarding and seating at the front of the plane. Prices start at $99 each way for Economy Comfort seats.

  • 02 of 08

    New York City’s hometown carrier calls its product Even More Space Seats. Travelers get at seat at the front of the plane with 38 inches of pitch, along with early boarding, better access to overhead bins and for now, entry into its Even More Speed airport security checkpoint lane. prices are based on the route being flown.

  • 03 of 08
    Photo courtesy of Air Canada

    Canada’s flag carrier offers Preferred Seats across its fleet. Seat pitch ranges from 34 inches on the Embraer E175 smaller jet up to 37 inches on the Boeing 767 double-aisle jet. Premium frequent flyers get the seats for free, while everyone else pays between $19 and $99 on North American and Caribbean flights and $69 to $199 on international flights.

  • 04 of 08

    The Chicago-based airline Economy Plus, which offers seats at 37-inch seat pitch and early boarding; the cost depends on the distance on the flight. Travelers also have the chance to buy an Economy Plus subscription. Starting at $499 a year, you get guaranteed Economy Plus seating for a year.

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  • 05 of 08
    Photo courtesy of Ian Petchenik/Flickr http://bit.ly/1yJFX8q

    The Fort Worth, Texas-based offers Main Cabin Extra, which gives passengers up to six inches of legroom, seats at the front of the plane and priority boarding. Prices start at $20.

  • 06 of 08
    Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines

    The airline’s Extra Comfort product, on its Airbus A330 double-aisle jets, offers five inches of legroom, a priority security line on selected flights, priority boarding, personal power outlets on some aircraft, free Unlimited TV & More entertainment pack on international flights, a pillow and blanket and an upgraded meal  and comfort kit on international flights. The cost ranges from $60 to $100.

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    Photo courtesy of Aeromexico

    Aeromexico’s AM Plus gives travelers four inches of legroom, priority boarding, seats that recline further, check-in at Premier counters and priority baggage tags. The cost is $11 for domestic flights and $30 for international flights.

  • 08 of 08
    Photo courtesy of Virgin America

    With the San Francisco-based carrier’s Main Cabin Select, travelers receive 38 inches of seat pitch, priority security and boarding, a free checked bag and free select food and drinks. Prices range from $39 to $159.