If you caught a flight in economy class in 2020, you likely had the pleasure of not having someone sit next to you in the dreaded middle seat. But when Delta Air Lines became the last to reverse its open middle policy in May 2021, the days of the extra precaution (and space) are over — unless you’re willing to pay for it.
If business or first Class prices are not for your wallet, some airlines have reintroduced “sleeper rows” or “neighbor-free seats” to ensure your comfort and safety. The deal is essentially that you purchase the seats next to you for an extra fee that’s either at a fixed price, or, in the case of some airlines, bid on. Then you’ve got the space of three seats for a price that’s often lower than the roomy first and business class sections (minus the free welcome drink and other perks, of course).