Is it a Scam to Charge Gold Elites for Extra Legroom Seating?

Source: Gary Leff - View from the Wing

An American AAdvantage Gold elite member complains that the airline wants to charge her to reserve exit row seats.

“I’m a frequent flier with American who has gold status because I have been commuting every 2 or 3 weeks between Miami and New York for the past year,” she says. “Each time in the past I made a reservation and purchased a ticket and I was able to obtain an exit row seat for no extra charge.”

But the last time she tried, American said nuh-uh.

“I was informed that I had to pay $19 extra for each leg ...

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