British Airways offers advance seat selection, though depending on your fare, you may need to pay for it. Here’s all you need to know about booking your seat in advance and if it is worth it.

Do I Need to Book My Seat in Advance?

If you are flying on basic economy, if you want to guarantee where and with whom you’ll be seated, you’ll need to purchase your seat in advance. If you do not, the seat will be automatically allocated when check-in opens.

However, if you are not happy with your automatic seating arrangement, you can pay to change it to a new seat. You’ll want to keep in mind that the new seats will be limited to what is available. You will not be able to choose a seat that’s already been allocated.

Is it Worth Buying My Seat in Advance?

The cost of choosing your seat will vary from flight to flight, so you need to consider it the added cost is worth it. Look at how much it adds to your fare and if it’s worth upgrading to the next one up to get added benefits.

If you want to sit in a certain location in the plane or next to a specific person, then it may be worth it to pay for seats on British Airways.


It is worth buying seats on British Airways if you have specific needs you want to guarantee that will be met during your flight. You can purchase during booking or add on to your reservation.


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