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Continental offering fare lock-in option

Continental customers can lock in fares for up to seven days. Fees for the service start at $5.
Continental customers can lock in fares for up to seven days. Fees for the service start at $5.
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  • Continental offering travelers option to lock in a fare for up to seven days
  • Fees for the service start at $5 for a 72-hour time period
  • FareLock fees are nonrefundable and are not applied to the ticket price
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(CNN) -- See an air fare you like, but not quite ready to commit? For a fee, Continental Airlines will let passengers lock in the price for up to seven days with no obligation to buy.

Customers can opt to hold a ticket for 72-hours up to seven days, with fees starting at $5 for a 72-hour lock-in period and $9 for the seven-day option. The airline introduced the offering, called FareLock, on Monday.

"FareLock is an innovative option for customers who need extra time to plan their travel before purchasing a ticket," said Chris Amenechi, managing director of merchandising, in a statement.

"This new option is another way that Continental is giving our customers more choices and more control over their travel experience."

The airline will still offer a free 24-hour flexible booking window that allows passengers to change or cancel reservations without penalty in that time frame.

The new lock-in offer is part of a series of optional add-ons airlines have been rolling out in an effort to increase revenue.

Baggage fees, a sore spot for airline passengers, have already pulled in $2.5 billion for U.S. airlines this year.

The FareLock fees are nonrefundable and are not applied to the ticket price. Advanced purchase requirements apply, according to Continental.com.