British Airways Seat Selection Policy & Fee: Choose your Seat

The cost of a seat with British Airways entirely depends on multiple factors, including the type of ticket you wish to purchase, the flight class in which you are traveling, and your circumstances. The passengers traveling in a basic class ticket cannot choose their flight seat for free when check-in opens 24 hours before the scheduled departure.
The passengers traveling with basic economy tickets can pay to book their flight ticket after the reservation of their flight ticket through 'Manage booking,' or the airline will allow them a free seat after check-in starts. The passengers can also pay to choose their preferred seat at the time of check-in as per the seat availability. 

Traveling in First

The passengers can make British Airways seat selection in their first cabin without paying any charges at the time of booking.
  • Executive Club Members- British Airlines even has a category in the executive club membership, and the seat selection cost and rules vary as per the categories. 
  • Gold/ Oneworld Emerald- The passengers in this category can make the seat selection for free for every member traveling in the same reservation in the flight class on which they have made the booking. 
  • Silver/Oneworld Sapphire- The passengers can select their preferred seat for free at the time of booking, except for the seat from the exit row. The passengers may get a chance to choose the seat from the exit row in their long-haul flight 24 hours before the flight departure. 
  • Bronze/Oneworld Ruby- The passengers can select their preferred seat for free seven days before the scheduled departure of their flight ticket. The seat selection from the exit row is available 24 hours before the departure.
  • Blue- The passengers in this category can make the seat selection for free only 24 hours before the scheduled departure, which will be excluded from the basic fare, and the passengers are not allowed to choose the seat from the exit row. 
Flexible and semi-flexible tickets
As per the flexible fare( Plus Flex), the passengers can choose free seats at the time of booking. 
In Semi-flexible fare tickets, the passengers can select seats for free only 48 hours before the scheduled departure. 
Make sure your family sits together.
  • The passengers should make the set selection in advance if they are 
  • traveling with family so they can sit together. 
  • If the passengers don't make the seat selection in advance, the airline will still try their best to make their seats together, but the allotment always depends on availability. 
  • The passengers can select the seat for free if they are traveling with an infant. They can make the seat selection for free for all the members as soon as they make the reservation.
Disability assistance
If the passengers have any special seat requirement due to disability, then the airline will not charge anything for the seat selection. They can select the seat 48 hours before the departure online through the official website. 
Groups of more than nine people
The airline always tries to bring the seating group together, but it can only sometimes promise it. Please pay for your seat and book it in advance to ensure that your group sits together. 

How to Choose a Seat on British Airways?

The passengers can easily select their seat at the time of reservation or online through 'Manage My Booking.' 
The passengers are required to follow the simple steps:
  • Enter the official website of British Airways. 
  • Look for the "Manage Booking' option. 
  • Once you get onto the flight details, click on the flight number under Your booking details. 
  • Click on 'View and change seats for this flight' under the seating option and follow the on-screen instructions.

How much will it cost to choose a seat on British Airways?

The passengers are allowed to pay for seat selection through cash or Avios. The price of the set depends upon the seat type and the cabin in which the reservation is made. The passengers can find the prices when booking or while changing their seats. 

Is it worth paying for seats on British Airways?

Yes, booking a seat where you feel comfortable, traveling solo or with your friends or family, is always a better idea. As you will save yourself from sitting between strangers in Solo travel, your family and friends can enjoy their journey together.

Why can't I choose seats on British Airways?

Only the passengers traveling in economy class don't have a choice to make seat selection. Besides, every passenger can book their seat with British Airways.
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