Choosing your seat

Seats in World Traveller.
Seats in World Traveller.

We recommend that you reserve your seat as early as possible to get the one you want and to avoid sitting separately from your family or friends.

You may be able to reserve seats for free or have to pay, depending on your circumstances. The easiest way to check is using Manage My Booking.

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?

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.

On hand baggage only (Basic) 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.

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.

Travelling in First

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

Executive Club Members

Members of the Executive Club and other oneworld frequent flyers are able to reserve seats at different stages, depending on their tier.

Tier Seat selection
Gold/oneworld Emerald Free seat selection from the time of booking
for everyone in your booking and friends and family on other bookings, who are travelling with you in the same travel class and on the same flight*.
Silver/oneworld Sapphire Free seat selection from the time of booking
for everyone in your booking*.
Bronze/oneworld Ruby Free seat selection from seven days before departure
for everyone in your booking*.
*You must be travelling on the booking (or in the case of Gold Members, one of the bookings) for these benefits to apply. They apply to British Airways flights only and are not available on group rate bookings. Exit row seats are not available to Silver or Bronze Members on long haul flights until 24 hours before departure. On some occasions, exit rows seats on short haul flights may not be available in advance due to operational reasons.

Flexible 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:

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 under 'How to reserve your seat' and we'll tell you whether you have to pay or not.

Make sure your family sits together

To get the best choice of seats and make sure your family sits together, it’s best to reserve your seats in advance, for which you might have to pay.

If you don’t reserve your seats in advance, we’ll do our best to seat your family together a few days before your flight departs. However, the seat selection may be limited at that time and your seats may be split across different rows or the aisle. We will make sure each child under 12 years sits next to an adult from your booking but children over 12 years are booked as an adult in our system and may sit separately.

Seats are free when you travel with an infant, (under 2 years) who won't be travelling in a seat of their own. You can choose a seat for you and everyone in your booking, free of charge, as soon as you've made your booking (except for bookings of over 9 people).

Disability assistance

There's no charge for reserving your seat if you have a specific seating requirement because of your disability. In most cases, you can select your seat using Manage My Booking but sometimes you may need to contact us, e.g. for some types of developmental impairment.

This is what you need to do:

  1. Book your flight.
  2. Let us know about your travel needs at least 48 hours before your flight departs. Go to Manage My Booking and click on 'Seating' within the flight details section.
  3. Select your seat. If you need any help, please contact us.

Find out about disability assistance

Groups of more than nine people

When you travel as a group, we’ll allocate your seats free of charge. While we will try to seat your group together, we cannot always guarantee it, particularly if your group travel is split across separate bookings.
To ensure your group is seated together, or if you would like specific seats, you can pay to reserve your seats in advance (for groups booked in the UK and Ireland only). Please contact us for more information.

Choose your seat in Manage My Booking

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 Basic (hand baggage only) fares, although your choice may be limited and a fee may still apply to exit row seats on long haul flights.

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

Changes and refunds

You can claim a refund for a seat which you’ve paid to reserve, if we are unable to offer you that seat or a suitable alternative, when you board your flight.

The reason for this is that there may be an aircraft change for operational, safety or security reasons, even after you have boarded the aircraft, so we cannot guarantee your reserved seat.

Seating changes and refunds

How much will it cost?


Bulkhead seats are usually reserved for people with infants (under 2) as this is where the fold-down cot tables are positioned, so you may not be able to reserve these if you are not travelling with an infant.

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Premium economy

Bulkhead seats are usually reserved for people with infants (under 2) as this is where the fold-down cot tables are positioned, so you may not be able to reserve these if you are not travelling with an infant.

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Business class

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Choose your seat in Manage My Booking
Choose your seat in Manage My Booking

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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