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Choose the perfect seat in Economy Class

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If you are travelling on an Economy Deal, Saver or Classic fare, you can reserve your seat in advance for a small fee.

Guarantee your favourite seat, whether you prefer window, aisle or a row of seats together. You can secure your Standard Seat up to 24 hours before you fly.

Within 24 hours of departure, all Economy Class guests can choose available seats for free. Otherwise, we will automatically allocate you a seat.

Ways to book

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


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You can add a Standard Seat to your existing booking through Manage my Booking.

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Choose your Standard Seat when you check-in online 48 hours before departure, for a small fee. 24 hours before departure, all Economy Class guests can choose available seats for free. Otherwise, a seat will automatically be allocated to you.

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You can also contact us to request your choice of Standard Seat, while making a new booking.

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More on Standard seat

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We’d like you to be comfortable on board and to have the seat of your choice. We’ll always show available seats which you can pay to select up to 24 hours before your flight. Within 24 hours of your flight, you can select a remaining seat free of charge, or we will automatically allocate one to you.

It’s possible that the closer you get to your flight, the fewer seats will be available for you to select from. This is due to other guests also booking seats.

You can also choose from Standard Seats or a limited number of Preferred Seats, Extra Legroom Seats or Neighbour-Free Seats.

Even if you don’t choose a seat in advance, we will always try to keep families or groups on the same booking reference together, however this will depend on how full the flight is.

Does advance seat booking guarantee my seat?
In almost all cases, you will receive the seat you have booked. However, last minute operational changes can sometimes affect seat assignments. If this happens, we will try and choose a similar seat or next best available seat for you.

Can I get a refund if I don’t get the seat I booked?
If you booked the following seats, and you weren’t given them on board, you are entitled to a full refund:

  • Extra Legroom Seat
  • Preferred Seat
  • Standard Seat
  • If you booked one position of seat (for example, window, middle or aisle) and you were given a different position of seat.

You are not entitled to a refund in the following cases:

  • If you are allocated the same type of seat, but on a different row (for example, if you booked a Preferred Seat by the window on one row e.g. 12A, and you are allocated a Preferred Seat by the window on another row e.g. 14A)
  • If you upgraded to a higher cabin (for example, if you previously paid for your choice of seat then you either chose to upgrade yourself or accepted an upgrade)
  • If you chose one type of seat and you then upgrade to a Neighbour-Free Seat, your original fee will not be refunded
  • If you made changes to your flight itinerary, following purchase of your seat or if your itinerary was changed by another airline