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Passengers can reserve seats in advance on Emirates-operated flights under the following conditions:

  • Seat selection is subject to availability at the time of request.
  • Advance Seat Reservation is available on or after ticket purchase.
  • Seat selection may not be available for all seats for operational or safety reasons.
  • Children traveling alone (unaccompanied minors) are not eligible to choose seats in advance.
  • Bassinet seats may be requested, free of charge, by adults traveling with infants.
  • Passengers with special needs requiring specific seating accommodation should contact us so that we can allocate an appropriate seat.
  • Advance Seat Reservation charges may not be refundable.

We try to seat families with children together at check-in. Children under 13 years of age will always be seated next to an accompanying adult.

Advance Seat Reservation - Economy Class

Seat typeSpecialSaverFlexFlex Plus
RegularComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary at ticketingComplimentary at ticketing
Preferred Seat (except on the A380 Upper Deck)Complimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary at ticketing
Preferred Seat (on the A380 Upper Deck)Complimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opens
TwinComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opensComplimentary when online check-in opens
Extra LegroomAvailable for sale up to six hours before departure and on boardAvailable for sale up to six hours before departure and on boardAvailable for sale up to six hours before departure and on boardAvailable for sale up to six hours before departure and on board

Advance Seat Reservation for Regular seats:

  • Complimentary on or after ticket purchase for Economy Class Flex and Economy Class Flex Plus fares.
  • Complimentary when online check-in opens, 48 hours before departure, for Economy Class Special and Economy Class Saver fares.
  • Subject to a charge for Economy Class Special and Economy Class Saver fares (all tickets in booking classes X, V, T, L, Q, and N) until online check-in opens.

Advance Seat Reservation on Preferred seats (except on the A380 Upper Deck):

  • Complimentary on or after ticket purchase for Economy Class Flex Plus fares.
  • Complimentary when online check-in opens, from 48 hours before departure, for Economy Class Special, Economy Class Saver, and Economy Class Flex fares.
  • Subject to a charge for Economy Class Special, Economy Class Saver, and Economy Class Flex fares (all tickets in booking classes X, V, T, L, Q , N, K, U, B, M, W) until online check-in opens.

Advance Seat Reservation for Preferred Seats on the A380 Upper Deck and all Twin seats for all Economy Class fares:

  • Complimentary when online check-in opens, 48 hours before departure.
  • Subject to a charge for all Economy Class fares until online check-in opens.

Advance Seat Reservation for Extra Legroom seats for all Economy Class fares:

  • Available for sale up to six hours before departure and on board.

Terms and conditions for booking an extra legroom seat:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be able to read and understand instructions in English related to emergency evacuation. These instructions will be provided in printed or graphic form. Must also be able to understand oral crew commands.
  • Be fully able-bodied and capable to identify, reach and operate the exit doors in the event of an emergency.
  • Be able to speak well enough to adequately impart information orally to other passengers.
  • Be able and willing to assist the crew and other passengers in the evacuation of the aircraft.
  • Not be traveling with infants, children under the age of 18, a care giver, persons who require safety assistance for emergency evacuation, or a guide dog or any other assistance animal.
  • Not be using medical equipment or an extension seat belt and not require assistance due to reduced mobility.

Extra legroom seats will be re-assigned before or during the journey without any refund if customers do not meet any of the above safety criteria.

Some exit row seats ending in A or K may not be located next to a window due to placement of the emergency exit door, and leg space might be partially restricted. You can choose another exit row seat if available.


Where applicable, Advance Seat Reservation charges are:

  • Per passenger, per segment.
  • Subject to change and may vary due to fluctuations in exchange rates.
  • Not transferable.
  • Subject to refund conditions and limitations.

Exemptions

  • Depending on the tier, Emirates Skywards members may be entitled to complimentary Advance Seat Reservation at ticketing on all Emirates fares and classes of travel, as follows:
    Emirates Skywards TierAdvance Seat Reservation
    Emirates Skywards PlatinumComplimentary on Regular, Preferred and Twin seats for all passengers in the same booking (PNR), and when traveling on an Extra Legroom seat for the member only.
    Emirates Skywards GoldComplimentary on Regular and Preferred seats for all passengers in the same booking (PNR).
    Emirates Skywards SilverComplimentary on Regular seats for Silver members only.

  • Please remember to add your Emirates Skywards membership number to your booking before selecting your seat to enjoy complimentary seat selection at ticketing.
  • For group bookings, seat selection benefits will apply only to Emirates Skywards members and not to accompanying passengers.
  • For all passengers traveling with an infant in the same booking (PNR), Advance Seat Reservation is complimentary on all Emirates fares and classes of travel. Where bassinet seats are available, they may be booked online through the Manage a Booking section of emirates.com or by calling our contact centers. Please note that our bassinets are approximately 75 x 33 x 22cm (29.5 x 13 x 8.8 inches) in size and can accommodate babies weighing up to 11 kg (24.2 lb). See traveling with infants FAQs.

Advance Seat Reservation changes

Voluntary seat changes on the originally booked flight are allowed as follows:

  • Free of charge for a seat of the same value.
  • Free of charge for a seat of lower value. Difference in seat charges are not subject to a refund.
  • At an additional charge for a seat of higher value.

If you voluntarily change the date of your flight or choose a different flight on the same sector, you may select available seats of the same value free of charge. You are not entitled to a refund if, on the new flight, there are no seats of the same value or if Advance Seat Reservation is not available. You will lose your Advance Seat Reservation on any modified segments if you make any other changes to your travel itinerary.


We will do our best to provide the seats you reserve. However, we may have to move you to a different seat in case of disruption, aircraft change, or for other operational, safety, or security reasons.


Advance Seat Reservation does not guarantee that you will travel in a particular seat, but that we will provide you with your choice from the following seat criteria: regular (window, aisle or middle), preferred (window, aisle or middle), twin, or extra legroom. In case of involuntary seat changes, we will attempt to move you to a similar seat. If you are not satisfied with your replacement seat, you may be eligible for a refund.


All passengers with Advance Seat Reservations should check in for their flight no later than 90 minutes before departure.

Refunds

Advance Seat Reservation refund conditions are independent of ticket refund conditions. In the event of involuntary changes to your seat for operational, safety, or security reasons, you will be eligible for a refund in the following circumstances only:

  • Regular seat reseated to a different type of Regular seat (defined as window, middle, or aisle);
  • Preferred seat reseated to a different type of Preferred seat (defined as window, middle, or aisle);
  • Preferred seat re-seated on a Regular, Twin or Extra Legroom seat;
  • Twin seat reseated to a Regular, Preferred, or Extra Legroom seat;
  • Extra legroom seat reseated to a Regular, Preferred, or Twin seat;
  • Preferred seat on the upper deck reseated on the lower deck; or
  • Twin seat on the upper deck reseated on the lower deck.

Moreover, you will also be eligible for a refund if:

  • We move you to a flight not operated by Emirates; or
  • You booked an itinerary via www.emirates.com/us/english that includes a flight sector to or from the USA, you made the booking at least 7 days before departure, and you cancel your flight within 24 hours of booking.

Refund applications for seats booked online and through Emirates retail and contact centers must be submitted after the flight has occurred using our refund form. Refund applications cannot be processed on board or at the airport. You have three months after the date of the last flight in your itinerary to apply for a refund.


Please note that advance seat reservation charges will not be refunded in the following cases:

  • You voluntarily cancel your flight.
  • You travel in a higher cabin class due to a voluntary or involuntary upgrade.
  • You lose your Advance Seat Reservation as a result of a voluntary change to your itinerary.
  • You are not entitled to a refund in accordance with these terms and conditions.