Is paying extra to reserve your plane seat a rip off?

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Picking the perfect plane seat could be the thing that makes or breaks your holiday flight experience. Unless you have excess pounds to spend on business or first class, chances are you will find yourself in economy, and not all airlines allow you to pick your seat. In fact, many now make passengers pay to select a specific seat - even if they are travelling in groups. UK air carriers who impose a cost for a choice of seat include Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2.

According to MoneySavingExpert, a family of four could spend up to £240 extra to guarantee they will be sat together on a return flight.

Although some airlines say they try to seat groups together, particularly those with children, many say they do not priorities customers who bought their tickets as one party.

However, there are some ways passengers can decide whether it is worth the additional cost.

Nicky Kelvin, content director from The Points Guy UK, spoke with Express.co.uk to share his top tips on how to determine whether the spend is right for you.

The best way to do this is to figure out how much a seat is going to cost you.

“Seat selection fees can run from as low as about £1.50 per seat on a short-haul route with a low-cost carrier like Ryanair to £50 for an exit row pick on a long-haul route with Air India for example to more than £80 for preferred or premium seats on international routes with carriers like American Airlines,”

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