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Choosing your seat

Seats in World Traveller.

Everyone’s idea of the perfect seat is different, which is why we let you choose your own. It may be free or extra, depending on your circumstances.

How do I choose my seat?

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It's easy to do, either at the time of booking your flight or afterwards through Manage My Booking.

If you have an existing booking, follow these simple steps:

  1. Log in to Manage My Booking.
  2. Under “Your booking details”, click on your flight number.
  3. Under “Seating”, click on “View or change seats for this flight” and follow the instructions on screen.
Choose your seat in Manage My Booking

Is it free or extra?

On hand baggage only fares, choosing your seat is always extra. For all other flights, if you fall into one of the following groups, choosing your seat may be free.

Whether seat selection is free or extra depends on a number of factors, including the type of ticket you purchase, your class of travel and your personal circumstances.

If you have a booking, the easiest way to check if it’s free or extra is in Manage My Booking. Follow the instructions above to choose your seat and we will tell you whether you have to pay or not.

collapsedshowTravelling in First

Seats in our First cabin are always free to reserve from the time of booking.

collapsedshowExecutive Club Members

Membership of the Executive Club, and equivalent oneworld partner frequent flyer programmes, includes seat selection at certain tiers:

  • Gold Members (oneworld Emerald) – free seat selection from the time of booking for everyone in your travel party (except on hand baggage only fares)
  • Silver Members (oneworld Sapphire) – free seat selection from the time of booking for everyone on your booking (except on hand baggage only fares and not including exit row seats on longhaul flights)
  • Bronze Members (oneworld Ruby) – free seat selection from seven days before departure for everyone on your booking (except on hand baggage only fares and not including exit row seats on longhaul flights)
  • Blue Members – free seat selection from 24 hours before departure when check-in opens (except on hand baggage only fares)
collapsedshowFlexible and semi-flexible tickets

Tickets with increased flexibility allow you to make certain changes to the date and time of your flight. They also include free seat selection:

  • Flexible fares – free seat selection from the time of booking (except on hand baggage only fares)
  • Semi-flex fares – free seat selection from 48 before departure (except on hand baggage only fares)

You choose your flexibility when you buy your flights. If you’re not sure what type of ticket you have, you can follow the instructions above to choose your seat in Manage My Booking and we'll tell you whether you have to pay or not.

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We know where you sit as a family can make a big different to your trip so we aim to make it a little easier.

When you travel with an infant (under two years) who won't be travelling in a seat of their own, you can reserve a seat for yourself and everyone in your booking, free of charge, from the time of booking. If you don't choose your seats in advance, where possible we'll reserve suitable seats for you three days before the flight.

If you are travelling with children (between two and 12 years), we'll allocate you seats five days before departure. If you can't be seated together, we'll make sure each child is seated with an adult from your group.

If you have a child travelling alone using our special Skyflyer Solo service, we will choose a suitable seat for them and look after them during the flight.

 

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We want you to be as comfortable as possible on your British Airways flight. Our staff will be pleased to discuss your needs, so call us and we'll help you find the best seat to suit you, for free.

Contact us

Find out about disability assistance

collapsedshowGroups of more than nine people

When you travel as a large group, we'll make sure that you can stay together on board as well, so we'll allocate seats for the whole group for free.

Unfortunately, you cannot reserve seats for the group or individuals within the group in any other way.

Choosing your seat at check-in

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If you haven’t already chosen your seat, you can do so when you check in, from 24 hours before departure.

This is free except on hand baggage only fares, although your choice may be limited and a fee may still apply to exit row seats on longhaul flights.

If you are travelling on a hand baggage only fare, we’ll allocate you a seat at check-in and you can choose an alternative seat for a fee.

How much will it cost?

We offer a variety of seats and prices depending on your travel class and choice of seat.

Business class

  • Seats in our European shorthaul Club Europe cabin start from £20/€24/$30.
  • On longer international flights, seats in our Club World cabin start from £55/€66/$83.

Premium economy

  • For extra legroom, exit rows seats are available in our World Traveller Plus cabin starting from £50/€60/$75. You will have to meet certain safety requirements and be an able-bodied adult to be allowed to sit in an exit row seat.
  • Standard seats in World Traveller Plus start from £18/€22/$27.

Bulkhead seats are usually reserved for people with infants as this is where the bassinet table is positioned, so you may not be able to reserve these.

Economy

  • For extra legroom, exit rows seats are available on longer international flights in World Traveller starting from £50/€60/$75. You will have to meet certain safety requirements and be an able-bodied adult to be allowed to sit in an exit row seat.
  • If you’d like to sit next to just your travel companion, twin seats are available on selected longer international flights in World Traveller starting from £30/€36/$45 per seat.
  • Standard seats in our UK Domestic and European Euro Traveller cabins start from £7/€8/$11, and from £20/€24/$30 on longer international flights in World Traveller.

Bulkhead seats are usually reserved for people with infants as this is where the bassinet table is positioned, so you may not be able to reserve these.

Choose your seat in Manage My Booking

Changes and refunds

We cannot guarantee that your seat is reserved because there may be an aircraft change for operational, safety or security reasons, even after you have boarded the aircraft. If we have to change your seat, we will do our best to seat you in a suitable alternative. See the seating changes and refunds page for details.

Seating changes and refunds

Did you know?

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Nervous flyers

If you sit near the centre of the plane, you don't feel the effects of turbulence as much.

Turbulence is quite normal during a flight, but it can leave some people feeling anxious, so choose your seat early near the centre of the plane and rest assured that you'll have a more comfortable flight.

Choose your seat using Manage My Booking

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