Booking with Emirates
The information below applies to standard operations. Please read our updated information specific to operation services during the coronavirus pandemic.
Specifically relating to seat selection, it’s still possible to choose your seat. However, due to current circumstances and for operational reasons we may need to change your seat before departure or on board. If this happens and you have paid to select your seat, you will be eligible for a refund in line with our terms and conditions.
If you're travelling in First or Business Class, on Saver, Flex or Flex Plus fares, you do not need to pay for seat selection. Business Class Special fares can only select seats when checking in.
If you’re travelling in Economy Class on a Flex Plus fare, you can select a regular or a preferred seat (except on A380 upper deck) through Manage a Booking at no extra charge, from the moment you purchase your ticket. You can also pay to select a Preferred Upper Deck on A380, Twin or an Extra Legroom seat.
If you’re travelling in Economy Class on a Flex fare, you can select Regular seats through Manage a Booking at no extra charge, from the moment you purchase your ticket. You can also pay to select a Preferred, Twin or an Extra Legroom seat
If you're travelling in Economy Class on a Special or Saver fare, there is a charge for seat selection. You can use the Seat Selection tool available through Manage a Booking to select, view the cost, and pay for your chosen seat.
Alternatively, you can also wait until online check-in opens 48 hours before your flight, and then select a seat of your choice for free. Please be aware that the ability to choose and reserve seats of your choice may be limited at this point. Extra legroom seats may be restricted and are chargeable at online check-in and on-board. If you don’t pre-select a seat, we will allocate you one before your flight.
We automatically seat passengers with specific needs, for example people travelling with babies, in suitable seats. Read our FAQ on seat selection for customers requiring special assistance.
Seat selection charges are only applicable on Emirates operated flights. You can check if you're exempt from seat selection charges in our other FAQs in this section.
Emirates reserves the right to change seat assignment in the case of operational changes or for safety reasons.