We are flying to London in Sept. First leg is with BA we paid about $58 each for 2 back seats in a set of 2. Have sat in them before without paying and like them. So was happy to pay.
Next leg is on the A380 and yes we are paying for an exit seat. We are both tall and felt the extra leg room was worth it. Although was not overjoyed to have to pay, felt its a long way to London so may as well be as comfortable as possible.
On a side note I had friends (a couple) who flew on QF last year (first time international on Qantas) and not members of QFF. Did not do online checkin and arrived at the airport to find the flight was full and they were seated separately. She cried but they could offer her nothing different at checkin. So at the gate they waited to see if something changed. And in the end a passenger traded their middle seat for her aisle seat.
So I guess it can happen that you may not be seated together and paying for a seat worthwhile in my opinion
I'm always impressed when couples still want to sit together - or should that be amazed? :mrgreen:.