This is a very interesting idea.
An app launching in January 2016 is promising to help flyers find better seats on a plane using a digital marketplace.
The app will allow the ‘seller’ to be compensated for the swap while the ‘buyer’ could get an upgrade on their current position.
The goal of Seateroo is to improve your in-flight experience. Seateroo cannot serve you a drink, but Seateroo can help you find a better seat.
The minimum price for a swap is $5 and both the buyer and the seller must be travelling on the same flight.
Their swap is only completed after they’ve already boarded the plane using their own tickets.
Although the app is free to download, sellers are charged a 15% commission for each swap that they complete.
This means that for the lowest $5 swap, the seller will make just $4.25.
Here is a link to the app.
Probably a violation of most airlines’ contracts of carriage. Certainly against the terms and conditions of frequent flyer programs if the seat “sold” was one that might have been assigned as a result of an elite preferential seating policy.
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