Advance Seat Reservation

Explore the world your way with Advance Seat Reservation

Our world-class service begins with your selection

Experience more choice on Economy Class Special and Saver fares with Advance Seat Reservation

When travelling on a Special or Saver fare in Economy Class, you can select your seat for free when online check-in opens.*

If you prefer more choice, you can use our Advance Seat Reservation tool to select your seat just after you buy your ticket using Manage a booking.

*Online check-in opens 48 hours before a flight departs.

When does Advance Seat Reservation not apply?

If you're travelling in First Class or Business Class – or in Economy Class on a Flex or Flex Plus fare – you can select seats through Manage a booking at no extra charge, from the moment you purchase your ticket.

If you’re an Emirates Skywards or Qantas Frequent Flyer, Gold or Platinum member, you and everyone in your booking will be exempt from Advance Seat Reservation charges. And if you’re an Emirates Skywards or Qantas Silver member, you will personally be exempt from Advance Seat Reservation charges. For all new seat bookings made on or after 1 February 2017, Qantas Silver members will be exempted from Advance Seat Reservation charges for Emirates operated flights. Any accompanying passenger travelling with a Qantas Silver member will still have to pay to reserve their seats before online check-in. This applies to all fares where Advance Seat Reservation charges apply. Customers who selected their seat before 1 February 2017 will not be eligible for a refund of any Advance Seat Reservation charge paid, except where otherwise permitted in the Advance Seat Reservation terms and conditions.

We’ll also automatically allocate you a seat free of charge if you have specific needs, for example if you’re travelling with a baby. You can learn more by reading our FAQs.

When does it apply?

You’ll only pay for Advance Seat Reservation to select your seat in advance when you’re travelling:

  • in Economy Class on a Special or Saver fare
  • on an Emirates-operated flight
  • with a ticket purchased on or after 3 October 2016

If there is more than one flight in your itinerary and you want to reserve seats for your entire journey, you’ll need to pay for Advance Seat Reservation for each leg. For example, on Mumbai (BOM) – New York (JFK), you’d need to pay for Advance Seat Reservation on the short haul from Mumbai (BOM) – Dubai (DXB) and also on the long haul from Dubai (DXB) – New York (JFK). All charges are outlined in the table on this page.

Please read the terms and conditions for more information.

Table of charges

Rates in US Dollars are for your reference only. Seat selection charges will be applied in the same currency as your ticket at the prevailing rate of exchange.

Flights between Dubai and

Short haul
USD 15
Medium haul
USD 25
Long haul
USD 40
Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Egypt, Sudan

Middle East: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

Indian Ocean: Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles
Africa: Algeria, Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, United States

Australasia: Australia, New Zealand

Flights between the following countries

Short haul
USD 15
Medium haul
USD 25
Argentina and Brazil
Australia and New Zealand
Cyprus and Malta
Cyprus and Greece
Guinea and Senegal
Ivory Coast and Ghana
Myanmar and Vietnam
Sri Lanka and Maldives
Sri Lanka and Singapore
Thailand and Hong Kong
Zimbabwe and Zambia
Within China
Greece and United States
Italy and United States
Malaysia and Australia
Singapore and Australia
Thailand and Australia
Thailand and New Zealand

For children aged between two and 11 years who are travelling with at least one adult, there will be a 50% discount on Advance Seat Reservation charges.