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Add more convenience to your economy experience

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Choose a more desirable seat on board with our Preferred seat option. For a small fee, you can choose a seat nearer the exit or just somewhere more private.

Flying with partner airlines
Preferred seats are only offered on Etihad-operated flights.

Ways to book

While making a new booking through, you can choose your Preferred Seat on the seat map.

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You can add a Preferred seat to your existing booking through Manage my Booking.

Book a Preferred seat ►

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Choose your Preferred seat when you check-in online.

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You can also contact us to request for a Preferred seat while making a new booking.
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Terms and conditions


  • We accept all forms of payment currently supported and acceptable to Etihad today except for Etihad Guest Miles.
  • The price of a Preferred seat is per person, per flight sector.
  • Booking and payment must be completed 24 hours before flight departure to secure a Preferred seat.
  • Preferred Seats are assigned only upon full payment of the Preferred seat fee and ticket fare. Payment for the Preferred seats will not earn any additional Etihad Guest Miles.
  • To request a refund of your Preferred seat, please contact us with your name, travel date and flight number.
  • Preferred seats are non-transferable and non-refundable for voluntary changes or cancellations. We will refund Preferred seat payments only in the following instances:
    • If we cancel the flight.
    • If the Preferred seat is unavailable due to an aircraft change or rerouting.
    • If you purchase an upgrade to another cabin.