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Friday
May242013

Airline Perks: Worth the Extra Money?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It seems like airlines these days are piling on more and more fees, while the flying experience is not always so pleasant.  But there are some perks worth paying for, according to the findings of a new Harris Interactive survey that examines how fliers who take at least one trip a year feel about certain perks and annoyances when traveling.

Thirty-nine percent of those surveyed say it would be preferable to let a stranger fall asleep on their shoulder during a flight than to have to pay the airline a fee for carry-on bags.

Despite complaints about add-on charges, 58 percent of those surveyed claim they'd be willing to pay extra for more legroom on flights of three hours or more. That percentage falls to just 33 percent for flights of two hours or less.

As for those overly friendly passengers it seems more leg room is worth the trouble. Fifty percent of those surveyed said an annoying, talkative seatmate would be a worthwhile trade-off if it also came with more room to stretch out. But when asked to name the two “most important amenities” when flying, 53 percent say snagging a window or aisle seat was a priority while 35 percent mentioned “extra legroom.”

Fifty-five percent of respondents also said they'd rather have free WiFi than free TV or movies on a flight.

And just 37 percent of respondents say they'd be willing to pay more for flights on newer planes.

Somewhat comforting news for parents who have to cope with crying babies on airline flights. Your fellow passengers would rather hear your baby cry than sit next to an adult with bad body odor.

Sixty-three percent of those surveyed say a stinky adult would be a more off-putting seatmate than one holding a crying baby.

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