Choosing your seat in advance
We recommend that you choose your seat as early as possible to get the one you want, and to avoid sitting separately from family or friends.
How to choose your seat
You can do this when booking your flight or afterwards through Manage My Booking.
If you have a booking, follow these simple steps:
- Log in to Manage My Booking
- Under 'Your booking details', click on your flight number
- Under 'Seating', click on 'View or change seats for this flight' and follow the instructions on screen
Do I have to pay to choose a seat?
Whether your seat selection is free or you’ll have to pay extra depends on a range of factors, including the fare you choose and your cabin of travel.
You can choose your seat for free from 24 hours before departure when check-in opens, unless you’ve booked a Basic ticket (economy, hand-baggage only) where your seat is allocated to you.
With a Basic ticket (economy, hand baggage only), you can either:
- Pay to choose your seat from when you book until check-in opens, or
- We’ll allocate you a seat for free when check-in opens. You can then pay to change to a different seat, although your choice may be limited.
If you’re an Executive Club Member, you’ll collect Avios if you pay to choose your seat on a British Airways flight. You’ll collect at least six Avios per pound (GBP) spent. Find out more about collecting Avios on flights .
You may be entitled to choose your seat for free if you fall into one of the following groups.
Travelling in First
It’s free from the time of booking to choose a seat in our First cabin.
Executive Club Members
As an Executive Club one world® frequent flyer Member you're able to choose seats at different stages, depending on your tier.
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-operated flights only and are not available on group rate bookings.
On some occasions, exit row seats on short-haul flights may not be available in advance due to operational reasons.
Enjoy free seat selection when booking for everyone in your party. This includes friends and family on other bookings who are travelling with you in the same travel class and on the same flight.
Enjoy free seat selection – excluding exit row seats on long-haul flights – from the time of booking for everyone in your party. Exit row seats on long-haul flights can be selected for free from 24 hours before departure.
Enjoy free seat selection – excluding exit row seats – from seven days before departure for everyone in your party. Exit row seats can be selected for free from 24 hours before departure.
Enjoy free seat selection from 24 hours before departure, excluding exit row seats and not including travel on basic fares. Seats can be purchased from the time of booking.
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.
- Flexible fares (Plus Flex) allow you to choose seats for free from the time of booking.
- Semi-flexible fares (Plus) allow you to choose seats for free from 48 hours before departure.
You choose your flexibility when you buy your flights.
Choosing seats together on separate tickets
You can see which seats are still available together to choose for free from 24 hours before your flight, when online check-in opens.
However, if you are travelling with others on different bookings, you can pay in advance to choose specific seats to ensure you sit together for your flight. Just log in to Manage My Booking .
Flying with children
To get the best choice of seats and make sure your family sits together, it’s best to choose your seats in advance. You might have to pay to do this.
If you don’t choose your seats in advance
We’ll do our best to seat your family together by assigning seats a few days before your flight departs. However, seat selection may be limited at that time and your seats may be split across different rows or the aisle. We'll 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.
Travelling with an infant under two
Seats are free when you fly with an infant under two who won't be travelling in a seat of their own. You can choose a seat for you and everyone in your party free of charge as soon as you've made your booking, except for bookings of over nine people. One person in your group and the infant will be able to choose a carrycot/seat position, subject to availability. The remainder of your party will be able to select other seats for free.
Travelling with a disability
There's no charge for choosing your seat if you have a specific seating requirement because of your disability.
How to book your seat
In most cases, you can select your seat using Manage My Booking, but sometimes you may need to contact us, like for some non-visible disabilities. Here's what you need to do.
- Book your flight
- We recommend that you let us know about the assistance you require at least 48 hours before your flight leaves. Once you have notified us that you require additional assistance, go to Manage My Booking and click on 'Seating' within the flight details section
- Select your seat, and if you need any help, please contact us
Travelling in large groups
Groups of more than nine people.
When you travel as a group, we’ll allocate your seats free of charge. While we'll try to seat your party together, we can't always guarantee it, particularly if your group is split across separate bookings.
To ensure your group is seated together, or if you would like specific seats, you can pay to choose your seats in advance. This applies to groups booked in the UK and Ireland only.
Paying for a seat
How much will it cost.
The cost of selecting a seat varies depending on the type of seat and the cabin you're travelling in. Prices are available when booking your flight or in Manage My Booking. You can pay in advance using a credit or debit card or by using Avios on British Airways-operated flights.
It may not be possible to choose bulkhead seats, as they're usually reserved for customers with a disability or those travelling with an infant.
Payments at the airport
Like many airlines, we only accept debit or credit card payments at many of the airports we operate from, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick and North America.
Pay with Avios
You can use your Avios to pay for seats in advance via Manage My Booking , with full or part payment options available. This is available for British Airways-operated flights and gives you more ways to spend your Avios.
As an Executive Club Bronze, Silver or Gold Member you can choose seats for free in many instances. For more information see our terms and conditions below.
Changes and refunds
If you’ve paid to choose a seat and we're unable to offer you that seat or a suitable alternative when you board your flight, you can claim a refund. See our terms and conditions for paid seating below.
Terms and conditions
- All paid seating is subject to availability and is only confirmed once paid for.
- Paid seating is available on British Airways mainline operated flights and on British Airways-operated flights marketed by other carriers.
- Paid seating may be offered by British Airways franchisee airlines. The seating Terms and Conditions of British Airways franchisee airlines may differ from those of British Airways mainline-operated flights, therefore we recommend that you refer to the franchisee airline’s relevant Terms and Conditions.
- Paid seating may be unavailable on some flights operated by codeshare partners.
- Paid seating for group customers (bookings containing more than 9 passengers) is only available where the reservation has been made directly with British Airways Group Sales. Group customers who have made their reservation through a travel agent or a tour operator cannot currently book paid seating. Payment with Avios is currently unavailable for group customers.
- All un-ticketed passengers, including those travelling on a cruise or package holiday who have not yet received confirmation of their ticket numbers, are unable to choose paid seating until they have received confirmation of their ticket numbers.
Changes to seats
- On British Airways marketed and operated flights, you may change your seat (subject to availability) at any time. If you change your seat to a lower-priced seat, we will not refund the difference in price. If you change your seat to a higher-priced seat, you must pay the difference in price.
- You cannot make changes to paid seating on British Airways-operated flights marketed by other carriers.
- Paid seating is not guaranteed, as seating may need to be changed for operational, safety or security reasons, even after boarding the aircraft.
- If we change your seat, we will attempt to find you a suitable alternative. If you are unsatisfied with your new seat, you can apply for a refund of the paid seating.
- Paid seating is not transferable to any other passenger.
- British Airways changes your seat to an alternative seat and you are unsatisfied with the alternative seat
- British Airways cancels your flight
- You become ineligible to sit in an exit row and you inform us at least 48 hours in advance of scheduled departure of your flight, or
- You have paid for a cabin upgrade and do not wish to pay the difference to select your seat in the upgraded cabin.
The above does not affect any right to a refund you may have during a “cooling-off” period, if and to the extent applicable under local law. Details of this under Israel’s Consumer Protection Law 1981 are set out in our legal information .
- Cancel your flight
- Are involuntarily upgraded
- Are considered unsuitable to sit in the seat type you have selected
- Accept a voucher towards a future booking that includes paid seating (see further the relevant voucher Terms and Conditions), or
- Have booked a British Airways operated flight marketed by another carrier and choose to move to a different flight.
- On British Airways marketed and operated flights, if, in accordance with your ticket type, you choose to move to a different flight, you will be entitled to choose an equivalent seat on your new flight. If an equivalent seat is not available, any sums previously paid for seating will be forfeited and will not be refunded. Alternatively, you may choose a more expensive seat and pay the difference in price.
- On flights marketed by other carriers, if you choose to move to a different flight, you will not be entitled to choose an equivalent seat on the new flight and you will not be entitled to a refund.
- You have 30 days after the last flight in your itinerary to apply for a refund of paid seating, where due. Please submit your refund application online using our seating refund form . We cannot process refund applications at the airport or on board.
- Unless otherwise stated, we will only make a refund to the credit card used to pay for the paid seating, or in the case of Avios payment, to the Executive Club Member’s Avios account.
Exit row seats
- Exit row seats are situated either next to or immediately behind the exit door.
- If you choose an exit seat, in the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation you will be expected to assist us in opening the emergency door. For this reason, you must: be over the age of 12 years old (except for Comair operated flights where you must be over the age of 16 years old), not be pregnant, not have accessibility needs or be substantially blind or deaf, be fit enough to operate an emergency exit door, be able to understand printed or verbal instructions given in English, and be willing, as well as able, to assist in the case of an emergency evacuation. When requesting an exit row seat, you will be asked to verify your eligibility.
- British Airways has the sole discretion to determine whether you meet the requirements to sit in an exit row seat. If you do not meet the requirements, you will be assigned an alternative seat. The additional amount paid for an exit row seat will be forfeited and will not be refunded.
- If, after the date of requesting an exit row seat, you become unable to fulfil the requirements to sit in an exit row seat, please contact us at least 48 hours before your flight in order to claim a refund.
Using Avios as payment for seat selection
- Executive Club Members can use their Avios to pay in full or in part for paid seating on British Airways operated flights in Manage My Booking on ba.com or by calling a British Airways Contact Centre.
- Paid seating purchased with this payment option will be subject to these Paid Seating Terms and Conditions.
- All seats selected must be eligible for full or part Avios payment in order for Avios to be applied to the booking.
- The Avios payment rates are defined in a fixed set of currencies. If more than one Avios payment option is available, it is not possible to change the price option chosen once a booking has been made.
- The Avios payable will depend on the cabin class, route selected and the number of people on the booking. This will be displayed on the booking page.
- British Airways reserves the right to alter the applicable Avios payment rates at any time in its sole and absolute discretion, but this will not apply to bookings already made.
- When an Executive Club Member pays for seating using Avios, the Avios will be debited from the Member’s Executive Club account for each passenger on the booking.
- When Avios has been used as full or part payment for seating, those Avios will be refundable only in accordance with the rules detailed in these Paid Seating Terms and Conditions.
- When a seat selection is made using Avios as full or part payment for a member who is either on the Household Account or the Family and Friends List, the Avios will be taken from each Member’s Avios points balance in proportion to the size of each Household Account Member’s Avios points balance. Members of a Household Account can make full or part Avios payment for paid seating for people outside of the Household Account.
- Avios payment may not be used in conjunction with any other promotional offers, unless expressly stated otherwise.
- Members do not earn Avios and Tier Points on paid seating.
- It is not possible to use Avios for paid seating on bookings made through Concur or on group bookings.
Booking an extra seat for additional space
You can buy an extra ticket to keep the seat next to you free, for reasons like requiring additional personal space or to secure a fragile or precious item, such as a musical instrument or painting.
An item must fit in the seat, otherwise it will need to be checked into the hold. Find out more about baggage .
How to book an extra seat
- Please contact us or your travel agent to make a booking for an extra seat as this type of booking cannot be made online.
- If you arrive at the airport and haven't booked an extra seat in advance, please speak to a member of British Airways staff. If there are seats available in the cabin you are travelling in, you may be able to buy an extra seat.
- At many airports, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick and some in North America, you can only pay using a card. Please check with a member of our staff at the airport to find out if options are available for converting cash to a payment card.
Additional personal space and safety
If you would like the seat next to you to be kept free for additional personal space, you can buy it as an extra seat for comfort.
You'll need to buy yourself an extra seat for comfort if:
- You're travelling in economy and need more space to easily fasten your seatbelt for take-off, landing or during periods of turbulence, or
- You're unable to fully lower both armrests of your seat. It's a safety requirement to have a fully lowered armrest between each passenger during take-off, landing and turbulence.
We can give you an extension seatbelt if you need it.
- An extra seat doesn't give additional seat width – see our seat dimensions guide below for the minimum seat widths on our aircraft.
- On most of our long-haul aircraft, the armrests in the economy cabin don't fold away into the seat back completely. They stop at an angle of 45 degrees when lifted and can't be raised further.
- There must be a fully lowered armrest between each passenger during take-off, landing and turbulence.
- Armrests are fixed in our First, business (Club World) and premium economy (World Traveller Plus) cabins and can't be raised or lowered.
- You can't buy an extra seat for comfort at the bulkhead or on an exit row.
- You won't be able to buy an extra seat on a British Airways-operated flight if your journey includes a flight operated by another airline.
Choosing seats with our partner airlines
If you book with us for a flight operated by American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, JAL or Qantas, you can choose your seats in Manage My Booking .
If you’re flying with one of our one world alliance partners and are an Executive Club Gold/oneworld Emerald Member, a Silver/Sapphire Member, or a Bronze/Ruby Member, you can contact your local British Airways customer centre to choose a seat for that flight.
In all other cases when you're flying with one of our partner airlines, please contact them directly to choose your seat.
Please note that you cannot use Avios to pay for seats on flights that are operated by our partner airlines.
If you paid to choose a seat on a flight operated by any of our partner airlines and would like to get a refund, please contact them directly.
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Happy to take the discount ...
Bit of a whinge when it makes a difference though.
I'm glad BA has this policy.
Because when someone who's not even bothered to select their seat 24 hours before, and now asks if people can move seats, it's so much easier to say "sorry, I paid to choose to sit here".
It's even more fun to say "Well, OK but only if you pay me what I paid to reserve these seats" - strange how the necessity for the other people to move suddenly vanishes.
'Obviously I must pay it, or cancel.' Hm.
There is no - repeat, NO - obligation to pay for seating before on line check in opens. If you, Tim O, have booked to fly in World Traveller, you will find a great many seats available in that cabin when OLCI opens.
The seat map is a moveable feast. I flew last week, and at seven days out the seat map for WT+ showed 12 seats available. At three days it showed five seats, then when OLCI opened there were 16 seats available in the cabin. Out of curiosity I followed the WT seat map as well, and a great many that showed unavailable at seven days out had opened at three and two days before OLCI.
I'm not a fan of optional paid seating with any airline but it is in situ for many, and so one must consider it before agreeing to book.
Alas, I only fly once a year, so have no status and really can't afford WT+.. (My itinerary is usually DEN>LHR>BUD and return. ) As I have some physical difficulties, I pay for an aisle seat on the trans Atlantic bits and rely on OLCI at 24 hrs for the legs between BUD and LHR. I've found that by OLCI, there are no aisle seats available for the trans Atlantic legs. (Just checking out of curiosity.) So I just add it to the cost of the airfare and accept it.
To me this is yet another example of the cold, hard (and sometimes ugly) reality that flying is *not* an egalitarian adventure in most respects.
Yes, safety, security and most other mandated parts of the experience are the same regardless of who you are, ticket class, fare pid, FFP level etc..
So from that viewpoint, like has been mentioned before, I see a very well thought out policy that effective acknowledges these revenue realities.. And perhaps more importantly, also aligns their polices to this end as well.
What an entertaining debate.
Jeremy: I respect you like it. But even you paid for one leg of the trip, I assume you don't have the total trust that WorldTravellers does in this OPL system.
Click on the chart as well. Note how many larger airlines do not charge, and how much more BA charges than those who do. And those prices went up by the way. There are ways to reward the frequent fliers but still accomodate the rest of us.
Let's consder this: on the comparative quoters sites, which is where I simply start the search, BA is grouped tightly with all other airlines in the cost bracket. When you add the seat selection cost, they skyrocket to the top tier. Hm. I'm sure it's just a cooincidence.
oddone: well said I agree. As for accepting it...done. I canceled and re-booked elsewhere. Saved $450 total, and I know I will be sitting with my 12 year old.
I knew I had at least 24 hours to consider, this is not as surly mickt put it, just another "typical I did not look into it post". Not a rant, just agreeing with Kestrel. We don't need to be assaulted for not knowing as much, last time I checked these forums are for sharing information and opinions.
The airline will not guarantee when I log in 24 hours in advance we will be together, they told me so. I book a 9 hour flight 4 months in advance I consider it a priority to know for sure (many of you don't--fine). On BA, the cost is $400 to know that. They appear to be in the minority in both policy and cost. I understand the frequent fliers and posters adore the policy and love your perqs, but there are ways to refine this to address both customers. I do not procrastinate, and I do not mind paying extra for extra rows, aisles, etc.
But making me pay to keep my family together is a bit tacky and should be respectfully re-considered. I politely submitted my opinion to BA when asked why I cancelled. So it will probably change, perhaps next week :)
So it will probably change, perhaps next week :)
Dont hold your breath waiting.
As a BA gold I also submitted my opinion,and told them to keep the policy.
I agree that it IS a choice... And I think when we look at it from the macro level, and remember that while we may like to *think* its all fair, its not.. And that's why I think this is a net good policy.
That is also recognizing that not all seats in that cabin (usually economy only) are, or have the same passenger demand and implied value..
So just like with advance seating, if the carrier can monetize these seats which are in demand, then all the power to them.
Plus, in doing also they can now offer up a "value added" to their premium fare or premium FFPers, to me seems like a win-win.
But again, all premised on the ugly reality that most people don't like to accept that not everyone is of the same economic value; past, present or future.
If I buy a TV for a few hundred pounds then I check if it comes with a remote, a stand etc,
Actually Mick, I bet you don't. You might check it comes with a stand, but I"m sure you would assume it came with a remote "because they all do and always* have done".
I think the reason people don't check is that for many years on scheduled (rather than charter) booking your seat "for free" was a given.
* for values of always excluding the 1980's and before.
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How Much Does British Airways Charge for Seat Selection?
British Airways offers free or paid seat selection based on various circumstances and conditions. A free seat is automatically allotted after the check-in opens. Whereas, for preferred specific seats charges shall be applicable. The basic tickets are eligible for a fee. While the other few higher cabin classes can select and book seats for free.
The cost of British Airways seat selection is subject to flight type, travel class, and other special provisions for certain beneficiaries. To understand how much does British Airways charge for seat selection, let’s dig further and unveil the details for each fare type and other conditions.
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British airways seat selection fee for fare types .
British Airways seat selection fee depends on the travel class, flight type, and total duration. There are special provisions for family and group seating options. The Executive members of the airline enjoy numerous benefits in terms of seat selection.
The prices for British Airways seat selection differ on various factors and the exact value is visible during reservations. There are certain seats and rows that are reversed for some specific reasons and are not available for bookings for some other classes. Read the rules for each fare type and other conditions to learn about how much does British Airways charge for seat selection and the eligibility for free reservations of preferred seats.
Terms and Conditions for Seat Selection on British Airways
These are the following provisions for different fare types and requirements of passengers making it eligible for free or paid seat selection respectively.
The preferred seat can be selected anytime from the moment of booking till check-in. Charges apply on Basic seat selection.
Once the check-in opens, the airline will automatically allot any seat of its choice. In case you are not happy with the respective seat, then pay an additional fee and change the seat. However, at this time, the choices are limited due to pre-reservations.
For first-class passengers, the feature of seat selection is absolutely free. You can book any unreserved seat after confirming the tickets. It is advised to choose the seat early as there are more chances of getting the preferred seat due to the higher availability of options.
Flexible and Semi-Flexible Tickets
These are the tickets with additional flexibility of free time and date changes along with complimentary preferred seat selection. The passengers can choose the amount of flexibility by adding specific features and buying the tickets. There are two options available, namely, flexible and semi-flexible. The passengers of any of the tickets are eligible for seat selection during the following times.
The Flexible fare tickets can select the desired seat 48 hours before the scheduled departure.
Whereas, the semi-flexible fares are allowed to select seats anytime within 24 hours before the flight departure.
Executive Club Members
These are one of the most privileged groups of passengers of the airline. Numerous benefits are assigned to them . This is because of the loyalty program rewards that the members of this group receive as frequent flyers of the airline .
There are various levels of Executive Club membership in Oneworld . Based on tier, you are able to
choose or select the desired seat at different intervals of time. Read the terms and conditions below.
Gold/oneworld Emerald: These ticket passengers are eligible for free seat selection on one complete booking (one or more reservations under the same account). Moreover, family or friends traveling with the oneworld Emerald member but with different bookings or tickets are also included for free desired seat selection. Given, they are in the same cabin and same flight.
Silver/ Sapphire members: Executive club members of the silver tier are also allowed for free seat selection but under the following terms and conditions.
The exit seats on long-haul flights are eligible for free selection only 24 hours prior to the departure. The rest of the other seats can be chosen and reserved at any time after purchasing the ticket. This feature is applicable to the complete itinerary or booking.
Bronze/oneworld Ruby: British Airways seat selection is free for Bronze or Oneworld Ruby members. The window for this opens seven days before departure and does not include the exit row seats. Choosing a preferred seat in the exit row is allowed only 24 hours before departure.
Blue: The Blue tier of Executive Club members is eligible for free seat selection 24 hours before departure. It does not include or allow Basic Fare passengers. Also, the exit row is not available for selection for this category of members.
If you are flying with your family and you are not part of the above-explained Executive club membership, then these are the provisions for seat selection.
- Passengers with infants (below 2 years of age) are offered a free selection of desired seats. A family or group of less than 9 people is eligible for the same. Also, if the seat is not pre-booked, then one member can select a carrycot position seat to comfortably sit with the infant.
- If you are a family of adults with no infants then you can choose to pay for the desired seats. The free selection is not eligible for such bookings. However, British Airways tries its best to offer the same row seats to family members so that they can sit together. Children below 12 will be allotted seats beside guardians or parents. But for others, it is not guaranteed and might be separated by an aisle seat or rows.
Groups of 9 people or more might want to stay together during their journey. You can opt to pay for the desired seats in the cabin to sit close to each other for UK and Ireland flights only. While the airline tries to offer seats in the same row if there is the availability of the same and the tickets are reserved under one booking.
Free British Airways seat Selection for Disability Specific Seat Requirements
The passengers who need a specific seat due to some disability are offered free seats. Select the desired seats by visiting the Manage My Bookings tab. It is suggested to add it before time to ensure the right seat for yourself.
How to Add Preferred Seat and Pay on British Airways?
Log in to the Manage My Bookings tab to add a seat to the scheduled reservations. A seat map will be visible on the screen, select the desired and confirm it by paying for the same if a fee applies.
The prices or the total amount depends on the fare type, total distance, and a few other factors. It will be shown at the time of selection, pay accordingly. The payment can be made by cash, credit or Avios (award points).
The passengers who have chosen seats under free provision can simply confirm their preference and enjoy the journey ahead.
How much British Airways Charge for seat selection is variable to various terms and conditions including travel class and flight type. The Passengers who are interested in specific seats must select the seats early as it is subject to availability.
Overview of British Airways seat selection
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does british airways charge for seat selection .
Yes, British Airways charges for seat selection depending if a seat eligible for the same is selected before check-in.
What is the British Airways business class seat selection fee?
British Airways business class seat selection fee is variable to the time and flight. The current prices will be shown during the time of selection.
Can I select a seat on British Airways?
Yes, passengers of all travel class are allowed to select a seat on British Airways.
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British Airways baggage fees
British airways change fees, ba seat selection, how to avoid british airways fees.
If you’re not careful, airline fees can really add up. If you’re planning on traveling British Airways anytime soon, know before you book what the fees are for checked bags, ticket changes, redepositing miles and selecting seats. Here is your guide to fees when flying on British Airways.
The number and size of bags you can bring on a British Airways flight without incurring a charge depends on the flying class and your status level.
By ticket type
Basic economy: No free checked bag.
Standard economy: One free checked bag.
Premium economy: Two free checked bags.
Business class: Two heavier checked bags up to 70.5 pounds (32 kilograms) each.
First class: Three heavier checked bags up to 70.5 pounds (32 kilograms) each.
Size and weight limits for bags
Here are the size and weight restrictions for your bags when you fly British Airways:
Hand or laptop bags can weigh up to 51 pounds (23 kilograms) and can measure up to 16 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches (40 centimeters x 30 centimeters x 15 centimeters).
Cabin bags (carry-on luggage) can weigh up to 51 pounds (23 kilograms) and measure up to 22 inches by 18 inches by 10 inches (56 centimeters x 45 centimeters x 25 centimeters).
Checked luggage can be up to 51 pounds (23 kilograms) and measure 35 inches by 30 inches by 17 inches (90 centimeters x 75 centimeters x 43 centimeters).
Baggage above the weight limit could be subject to a charge of $100. Bags over 70.5 pounds (32 kilograms) cannot be checked.
» Learn more: The guide to earning British Airways Avios
Elites get more bags free
British Airways’ frequent flyer program, Executive Club , offers four different levels of status: Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Silver members can check two bags for free, up to 70.5 pounds each (32 kilograms), in economy, excluding basic economy, for every person in your booking.
Gold members get an additional free checked bag when booking any class, except basic economy, for bags up to 70.5 pounds (32 kilograms). This applies to everyone on your booking.
How much you’ll pay for extra bags
If you need to check more luggage than is allowed by your cabin fare class, you can pay a fee online or you can pay at the airport, which costs more.
Online, you’ll pay $90 for a second checked bag and $170 each for your third and fourth bags. At the airport, you’ll pay $100 for your second bag and $200 for your third and fourth bags.
If you need to travel with extra bags, check fares for the next-higher cabin of service. It’s possible that you could move up and use that bag allowance for less than you would pay in extra bag fees.
Traveling with strollers, medical equipment and other items
If you are flying with children, you can check two of the following items:
Fully collapsible stroller.
Car seat or booster seat.
Baby back carrier.
British Airways doesn’t have weight requirements or charge fees for heavy medical equipment that is above standard allowances. This includes wheelchairs and equipment to help mobility. But bring a letter from your doctor if you need to travel with medical supplies like heavy equipment, liquids or syringes.
If you’ve already booked your flight but need to change your itinerary, the fees you’ll pay depend on whether you bought your ticket using cash or Avios, the currency of British Airways’ frequent flyer program.
Change and booking fees for flights booked with Avios
If you want to redeem Avios for a flight over the phone instead of online, you’ll pay a $25 service fee. If you need to change your award flight or cancel and have your Avios redeposited into your account, the fee is $55 plus a $25 service fee. These fees apply to flights originating in the U.S.
If you have Gold status or higher with British Airways, you won’t have to pay a fee to change award flights.
» Learn more: Your guide to British Airways’ award chart
Change fees for cash tickets
If you need to make a change to your booking, cancel your flight or buy new tickets then you may have to pay a service fee. Service fees vary by cabin class, fare price and/or local laws and can range significantly.
Unless you booked a basic economy, you can choose your seat for free when you check in for your flight. If you want to select your seats sooner, you’ll have to pay a fee that varies by ticket type and your travel class.
Basic economy holders normally have their seat assigned by the airline at check-in, but they can pay either at time of booking or at check-in to select a seat, with fees varying by itinerary.
» Learn more: Award sweet spots using British Airways Avios
Each airline has its own fees for checked bags and ticket changes. Knowing these fees before you book can help you avoid unexpected costs or budget for expenses you know you'll need to incur.
As always, plan ahead and research the airline's website for specifics related to your flight and situation.
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How do I select my seat on British Airways?
When you have made your reservation on British Airways and are willing to know about the mode for seat selection, then worry not because here you can locate the ways for that. And the steps for the British Airways seat selection process are as follows:-
Steps to choose seat online on British Airways plane are:
Open British Airways official website .
Then click on the manage option.
After that, enter the booking reference number with the passenger's surname.
Then click on your booking details option and select your flight.
Now, select the seating icon and click on view or change seats for this flight option.
Further, choose your preferred seats, and click on continue options.
And then, if there is any cost, make the payment, and click on the finish options.
Can you pick your seats on British Airways?
Yes, you can pick a seat on British Airways. The seat selection is subject to avail, and if the seat is available, then get picked, but when seats have been preoccupied, you might not be able to choose. So when you wish to travel on your preferred seats, try to pick it up as early as possible.
What is British Airways seat selection policy?
When traveling with British Airlines and being urged to choose a preferable seat, you might have to follow the terms and conditions specified. And the details regarding that you can locate in the British Airways seat selection policy.
The seat selection depends on the availability; when seats are available, you can choose them.
Apart from the basic fares issued on British Airlines can be changed or picked up at any time.
The basic fare can choose seats at the time of booking till the check-in opens. But when the seats are assigned by the airline, you cannot make the changes.
If you are changing seats, the fare difference is lower, so you might not get a refund, but when the fare difference is higher, you have to pay.
How do I select my seat on British Airways for free?
When you urge to choose seats on British Airlines without paying any fee. Then there are certain conditions by which you can conduct this procedure. The options are as follows:-
After purchasing a basic economy fare, you can choose your seats for free till 24 hours prior to the flight departure.
When you choose to travel in the first class cabin from the time of booking, you can choose any seat without paying any costs.
You can also book free seats if you are an exclusive club member, such as gold world emerald, silver sapphire, bronze ruby, or blue.
Do you have to pay to pre-book seats on British Airways?
Yes, when you pre-book British Airways seats, you get to pay for them. But not in all conditions as you travel in the first class cabin or an elite airline member. Apart from this, you must pay for your seats according to your ticket type, tier, and personal circumstances.
How much does it cost to select seat on British Airways?
While selecting seats on British Airlines, you also choose your seats for free, but when you don't fall under those conditions, you might have to pay for them. And the British Airways seat selection fee might be around $30 to $120. That will depend on the ticket type and the class you are traveling to. And if you need more information, establish contact with the British Airways customer service at 1 (800) 247-9297.
Which seat is best on British Airways?
On British Airlines, if you want to choose seats but are willing to know about their best one, try to make a reservation on exit rows because they have more space than other seats. Apart from this, you can select aisles, windows, or any seats from the front rows.
What happens if I don't choose my seats now British Airways?
When you have made a reservation and do not choose seats, the airline will allot the available seats, and if you do not desire to travel with that one, then you can choose the preferable seats. But for basic fares, the British Airways seat selection 24 hours before the flight departure can be conducted, and after that, they are not eligible to make changes in seats.
How do I cancel my flight with British Airways?
How do I change my BA flight?
How do I get a refund from British Airways?
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British Airways Seating: How to Request Seats Together in 2024
- July 20, 2023
- Before You Go
British Airways Seat Selection: A Guide for 2024
When planning a trip with your loved ones, ensuring everyone’s comfort is a priority. One of the essential aspects to consider is British Airways seat selection.
Ensuring that you and your family members are seated together makes the journey more enjoyable. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information about British Airways seat booking.
Understanding the British Airways Seating Policy for Families
Families travelling with children under the age of 12 are given priority in BA seat selection. British Airways does its best to ensure that families are seated together, although it’s not always guaranteed. British Airways seat selection can be made at various stages: during booking, check-in, or at the airport gate.
British Airways Seat Booking During the Reservation Process
Your journey towards securing a comfortable flight begins with British Airways seat booking during the reservation process. You can select your preferred seats online by logging into the “Manage My Booking” section on the British Airways website. Here, you can access the seating plan and make your choice.
If you encounter any difficulties, British Airways’ reservations team is always ready to assist you with your British Airways book seats request.
Requesting Seat Selection at Check-In or Airport Gate
Even if you missed the opportunity to select seats during the reservation process, BA seat selection still offers flexibility. You can request your preferred seating arrangement at the check-in counter or the airport gate. However, keep in mind that British Airways seat selection availability may be limited at this stage. Therefore, it’s best to make your request as soon as possible.
What to Do If Your Family is Not Seated Together?
In case your family is not seated together, don’t panic! You can approach a British Airways representative at the airport to discuss your British Airways change seat request. They will try their best to rearrange the seating to accommodate your needs. Remember, British Airways seat selection availability may be limited, so it’s advisable to make your request as early as possible.
How to Ensure Your Family is Seated Together on Your Next British Airways Flight?
The most effective way to ensure your family is seated together on your next flight is to request the British Airways seat selection as early as possible. Either during the British Airways seat booking process or at check-in, making an early request increases the chances of your seating needs being accommodated.
Traveling with family is a delightful experience, and British Airways’ family seating policy ensures this remains true. By following these steps, you can be confident that your family’s seating needs will be met, making your flight as comfortable as possible.
Remember, the British Airways seat reservation fee UK varies depending on the type of ticket and the flight destination. Also, the British Airways seat selection cost can change based on the class of service.
Enjoy your flight with British Airways, knowing that everyone in your family will be comfortable and together throughout the journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about British Airways Seat Selection.
What is the British Airways seating policy for families?
The British Airways seat selection policy ensures that families with children under the age of 12 are given priority. Although seating together isn’t guaranteed, British Airways will do their best to accommodate this request.
How can I request seats during the British Airways seat booking process?
You can request your seats during the British Airways seat booking process either online or by contacting the reservations team. If you prefer to do it online, log in to “Manage My Booking” on the British Airways website and select your preferred seats from the seating plan.
Can I request British Airways seat selection at check-in or at the airport gate?
Yes, if you didn’t select seats during the British Airways book seats process, you could request for seat selection at check-in or at the airport gate. However, please note that seat availability might be limited at this stage.
What if my family is not seated together on the British Airways flight?
If your family isn’t seated together, you can request a British Airways change seat at the airport. The airline’s representatives will do their best to accommodate your request, but it’s essential to note that seat availability may be limited.
What is the best way to ensure my family is seated together on my next British Airways flight?
The most effective way to ensure your family is seated together is to make a British Airways seat selection request as early as possible, either during the booking process or at check-in.
How much does British Airways seat selection cost?
The British Airways seat selection cost varies depending on the ticket type, class of service, and flight destination. For the most accurate information, it’s best to check the official British Airways website or contact their customer service.
Is there a British Airways seat reservation fee UK?
Yes, there is a British Airways seat reservation fee UK for certain types of tickets and classes of service. For detailed information, visit the British Airways official website.
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