New Fee for Front-Row Seats on American

American Airlines has a new name for the first few rows of seats in coach on its planes -- Express Seats. And if you want to sit in them you're going to have to pay.

Passengers will have access to the seats, which include those in the bulkhead, for a fee of $19 to $39 per flight.

The airline says passengers who purchase the seats will also be able to board in Group 1 of general boarding for their flight, "with the convenience of being among the first Coach customers on and off the plane."

Express Seats are only available for purchase at airport Self-Service Check-In machines, from 24 hours to 50 minutes prior to departure. The fee applies to fights within the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The fee, which American termed "introductory pricing" varies by route, for example, $19 for St. Louis to Chicago, $29 from San Francisco to Fort Worth, and $39 from New York to Los Angeles.

"Express Seats highlights American's focus on offering customers what they value most," said Virasb Vahidi – Chief Commercial Officer for American Airlines. "This is another great product under the Your Choice program that puts more travel choices in the customer's hands."

American says its AAdvantage elite status members will still have complimentary access to preferred seating, but separate from the Express Seats.

Other carriers that charge extra for at least some desirable coach seats include United, Continental and US Airways.

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