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 traveling in First or Business Class, you do not need to pay for seat selection.
If you’re traveling in Economy Class on a Flex Plus fare, you can select a Regular or 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 the A380 or a Twin or Extra Legroom seat.
If you’re traveling 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 Extra Legroom seat.
If you're traveling in Economy Class on a Special or Saver fare, there is a charge for seat selection. You can use the seat selection tool available at Manage a Booking to select a seat, view its cost, and pay for it.
Alternatively, you can select a seat for free once online check-in opens, 48 hours before your flight departs. Please be aware that the ability to choose and reserve seats 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 select a seat, we will assign one to you before your flight.
We automatically seat passengers with specific needs, for example people traveling 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 find out whether you're exempt from seat selection charges in our other FAQs in this section.
Emirates reserves the right to change seat assignment in case of operational changes or for safety reasons.