This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

For the first time you might actually prefer the middle seat. Frontier Airlines has decided to help minimize the sting of landing a middle seat by installing new 19-inch-wide seats in the middle of each row — the widest economy seats of any US airline. Although not the most luxurious of options, these seats will be a full inch wider than the seats next to the window and the aisle.

Frontier’s planning to install wider middle seats, giving unfortunate passengers a bit more room to stretch out. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The drawbacks? These seats are less padded and do not recline. Instead, they come in an already reclined position.

Frontier is also squeezing more seats into each plane. Its Airbus A320s and A319s will gain another 12 seats, bringing the total number of seats on the A320 to 180. JetBlue, by comparison, currently has just 150 seats on its A320, though it plans to install a total of 165 seats on this type beginning in 2016.

Though it won’t win any awards for in-flight amenities, Frontier is always a great option for booking cheap and convenient getaways, as the airline usually offers fare sales each week starting as low as $19 each way.

What are your thoughts on these roomier middle seats? Would you choose over an aisle or window for the extra width? 

Hat Tip: Road Warrior

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.