Last updated on October 8th, 2022 at 10:40 am

The flag carrier of the United Kingdom, British Airways can fly its passengers to 180+ exciting travel destinations. It is also the country’s second-largest carrier in terms of fleet size and passengers carried. Have you booked your next flight with British Airways as well? If yes, make sure you select the most ideal flight seat for your journey. Read further to get all the necessary details on British Airways Seat Selection.

About British Airways Seat Selection

Selecting your seat as early as possible is key in napping the best seats offered on the flight. Like most airlines, British Airways offers its customers the ‘Manage Booking’ option that can be used to select the preferred seat after the flight booking has already been done. Depending on various factors, you might be able to get the best seat without any additional charges.

There are many benefits to getting a seat of your choice. For example, nervous passengers might not want to sit in seats where the effects of turbulence are strong. Likewise, if you are traveling with your friends and family, an early seat selection will make sure that all the members in your group are seated together.

Seat Dimensions

The seat dimensions on British Airways vary depending on factors such as the travel class and aircraft type. Like most major airlines, British Airways offers the standard four travel classes – Economy, Premium Economy, Business Class, and First Class. Refer to the table below to know about the British Airways seat dimensions.

Travel Cabin Seat PitchSeat Width
Euro Traveller30 inches17 inches
World Traveller31 inches17.5 inches
World Traveller Plus39 inches18.5 inches
Club Europe30 inches17 inches
Club World72 inches20 inches
First78 inches22 inches

How To Do British Airways Seat Selection?

As mentioned earlier, once you have booked your flight, you can easily select your British Airways flight seat through the Ba.Com Manage My Booking service provided on the airline’s official website. Follow the steps given below to do seat selection for your next flight online.

  • Open your web browser and visit the British Airways website.
  • Click on the ‘Manage’ tab available in the header of the website.
  • In order to retrieve your booking, first, enter the ‘Booking Reference’
  • Now enter the ‘Last Name’ of the booked passenger.
  • Click on ‘Find My Booking’.
  • The website will now show you the flight booking you have made with the airline. Navigate to the ‘Seating’ section.
  • You will see the ‘View or change seats for this flight’ option, click on it.
  • From the seat map, choose your preferred flight seat. The seat map will also show the cost of seat selection (if any).
  • Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the seat selection process.

When your flight seat selection is confirmed from the airline’s end, you will be sent an email containing the updated booking details. If you are having trouble going through the process of seat selection online, you can get in touch with British Airways’ customer support. Upon calling the airline, you will be connected to a live person who will assist you in getting your seat selected and also answer any of your queries.

British Airways Seat Selection Fee

The airline will automatically assign you a seat during Check-In without any charges. On the other hand, if you wish to choose your seat in advance, the airline will charge you a fee for the same. This fee shall vary depending on the fare type you have purchased. For Business Class seat selection, the airline can charge you around £70 for each way.

British Airways once had the seat selection fee published on their website it has been removed now. The information provided earlier stated the following costs:

Travel Cabin Seat Selection Fee
Euro Traveller£7
World Traveller£20 (Standard)
£30 (Twin Seats)
£50 (Exit Row)
World Traveller Plus£18 (Standard)
£50 (Exit Row)
Club Europe£14
Club World£62

Payments for seat selection can be made either in cash or by Avios. Payments made in Avios are only accepted for flights operated by British Airways and not any partner airlines.

British Airways Seat Refund

British Airways customers who have paid for their seat can claim a refund under the following circumstances:

  • The airline changed your flight seat and you didn’t find it satisfactory.
  • Your flight was canceled by the airline itself.
  • If your flight was canceled and British Airways has rebooked your flight (a refund shall be made automatically without the customer having to request it).
  • You are ineligible to sit in an exit row and communicate the same to the airline at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure.

Note: Refund requests for seat purchases can be made within 30 days of the completion of your flight.


Q. Do you have to pay to choose seats on British Airways?
A. Passengers are required to pay a fee only for the advance seat section. Otherwise, the airline will automatically assign you a seat free of cost during Check-In.

Q. When can I choose my flight seat?
A. Passengers can choose their British Airways flight seats either during the reservation or after the booking has been made via Manage Booking. Depending on the availability, seats can also be chosen during the Check-In which begins 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure.

Q. Can I buy an extra seat for additional space on a British Airways flight?
A. Yes, British Airways does allow the purchase of an extra seat for more personal space or to secure a fragile item.