Travel agents can now sell Delta’s Economy Comfort seats

Travelers arranging flights through certain travel agents now can book Delta Air Lines’ Economy Comfort seats with extra legroom.

Agents who use some of the software sold by Travelport will be able to offer their customers access to Economy Comfort seats, which come with 3 to 4 more inches of legroom, priority boarding and, on international flights, seats that can recline up to 50% more and complimentary beer, wine and cocktails.

Delta is the largest carrier at Detroit Metro Airport.

“Customers today can purchase Economy Comfort directly with Delta at delta.com, through a reservations agent or at the airport via a kiosk or ticket agent,” said Wayne Aaron, Delta’s vice president of marketing programs and distribution strategy. “Partnering with Travelport broadens the availability of this popular product to Travelport-affiliated travel agents.”

Delta said an Economy Comfort seat costs $19 to $99 more for a domestic flight and $80 to $160 for an overseas flight. Flights usually offer several rows of seats with extra legroom.

This comes as airlines are increasingly offering more a la carte fees. Most carriers charge travelers to check luggage and some charge for previously complimentary beverages and snacks and for coveted seats.

Last month, for example, Spirit Airlines began charging $100 for carry-on baggage checked at the boarding gate.

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