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Spare Seat-Booking Programs

The SpiceJet Empty Seat Option Gives You Dibs on Unbooked Chairs

— October 8, 2013 — World
Travelers around the world will more than likely welcome the unveiling of the SpiceJet Empty Seat Option. SpiceJet, a low-cost Indian airline, is now giving passengers the option to book empty seats in their row for private use. The Empty Seat Option, or ESO, lets you book up to two empty seats for your own use if the flight is not filled to capacity.

Those who have ever taken a long flight know the value of having an entire row of seats to yourself. However, this luxury is often only available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Flyers have to pay a one-time fee to join the program and a fee to grab an extra seat. The SpiceJet Empty Seat Option will hopefully encourage other airlines around the world to begin offering paid dibs for unbooked seats.
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