However, some airlines are trying to offer more options to customers. Air New Zealand and other carriers feature a new class of seating called "Premium Economy." It's basically a middle ground between first class and economy, boasting seat prices that are 30 percent more expensive than economy and 70 percent cheaper than the luxury aisle. The trend is more towards economy passengers upgrading for the perks of more seat room, a lower recline, leg rest, foot rest and in-seat power. Air New Zealand premium customers also enjoy the same meals served with linen napkins and silverware as those in the airline's luxury business class. On some Delta flights you can pay extra for more leg room. It is an easy option to select when booking online. The price usually depends upon the length of the trip.
Southwest Air is an economy-only airline that offers a few luxury perks. For example, you can check up to two bags for free, including golf bags and skis -- for up to $120 in savings in baggage fees alone. However, the Southwest experience is comparatively bare bones. While snacks and nonalcoholic beverages are complimentary, blankets and pillows are not provided and there are no seat assignments. However, you can pay extra to be one of the first to board and select your seat.
Also check your carrier for WIFI. Some airplanes have it, but it can be costly. Make sure you know how much you need so you don’t get caught with a bill bigger than you bargained for.
Also, if you bought TSA precheck coverage so you don’t have to go through long lines at the airport, you will be saving yourself time and some hassle. Make sure to check your printed ticket on the day of your flight. Some people are randomly selected to go through precheck screening. You don’t have to take off your shoes or belt, take out your laptop or 3-1-1 liquids. This is one of my favorite perks.
I hope that Southwest continues to allow two free checked bags. This is a huge savings; they also offer no charge for ticket changes. You can apply for a SW credit card and receive a lot of bonus miles. Their little perks add up to lot in my book. I just wish they flew to a few more places.