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How to Book Airline Seats

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Reserving seats on your Alternative Airlines flight

Whether you love sitting by the window, or just need a bit of extra legroom, buying a seat can really transform your in-flight experience. On this page, we answer some of your frequently asked questions about seat reservation and show you how to select your seats either at the time of booking, or after your purchase via 'My Account'.

Did you know, when you book your flights through Alternative Airlines, you can use our exclusive interactive seat map display to easily book your seats. Seats can be selected during or after booking.

How to book your airline seat when purchasing flight tickets:

  1. Enter the flight you wish to purchase into the Alternative Airlines search bar.
  2. Browse flights and click 'Confirm Selection' when you find the flight you wish to purchase.
  3. Scroll down on the passenger details page and click on 'View seat map' under the 'Seat Selection' option.
  4. Click on your preferred seat on the interactive map.
  5. Repeat for your return flights and/or connecting flights.

How to book your airline seat via 'My Account':

  1. Locate the account section on our website, by clicking the ‘Login/Register’ button on the top right corner on any page on our website. Log in or sign up to your account using your chosen device. If you need help with this step, please look at our guide for using the account section.
  2. Once you are logged in and are viewing the dashboard, navigate to the ‘Seat selection’ tab.
  3. You will then see your upcoming flights, with the green tab showing ‘No Seat Selected’
  4. Click on the flight to get a drop-down of your flight details, and click on the ‘Select your seat’ button.
  5. You will now be able to view the seat map, including the seats that are available and their features and price. Simply click on the seat to select your preferred seat. If you have a return flight you will have to select the seat for each leg of the journey, so click ‘Next Flight’ to move to the return journey.
  6. You’ll then see your flight details with the selected seats. Click on the ‘Make Payment’ button to enter your payment details under the payment window.
  7. Once paid for, your seats will show in your flight details as highlighted in the screenshot below.

You can now pre-book your seats on the following airlines:

Here are just some of the airlines that you can pre-book your seats with, when you book through Alternative Airlines. But the list is growing all the time!

Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Malta, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Bangkok Airways, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Condor, Copa Airlines, Czech Airlines, easyJet, Egyptair, Al Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Frontier Airlines, Gulf Air, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express, Iberia, Icelandair, Interjet, JAL Japan Airlines, Jet Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM Airlines, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, LATAM Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines, Malindo Air, Norwegian, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Morocco, Royal Jordanian, Ryanair, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Saudia, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spirit Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, SWISS International Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, TAROM, Thai Airways, Transavia, Transavia France, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Vueling, WestJet, WOW Air.

If you have a question about your booking, you can also visit our FAQ hub for more help, or to speak to a member of our Customer Service Team.

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Booking Seats FAQs

Is it worth pre-booking my airline seat?

A lot of people wonder if it's worth pre-booking an airline seat, but the truth is that reserving the seat you want ahead of time can really enhance your inflight experience. For those who need extra legroom, reserving exit row seats can give you that much-needed space to stretch your legs. There's also evidence to suggest sitting by window can help ease a fear of flying. If you've booked a flight with a short layover, sitting at the front left of the plane can mean a speedy exit for the next leg of your journey. Not to mention the peace of mind you get from knowing you've booked to sit with the rest of your group.

Can an airline sit a child away from a parent?

According to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, airlines should "aim" to seat parents and guardians next to the children in their care. If this isn't possible, they should be a maximum of one row apart. Unfortunately, however, there are no guarantees. Each individual airline will also have its own policy. The easyjet website explains that if parents are not pre-booking seats, they should check in as early as possible to guarantee sitting together. For most airlines, seats are allocated on a first come first served basis. In the United States, since the Federal Aviation Administration bill came into force in 2017, airlines are required by law to seat families together at no extra cost. For more information and helpful tips on air travel with kids, please visit our guide to "Flying with Children."

Can I book two airline seats for myself?

Sometimes you may need to purchase an extra seat if you are transporting a piece of baggage that cannot be checked into the hold or if your physical build prevents you from sitting comfortably in a standard sized seat. In this case, a passenger should book two airline tickets and fill in this information on the "Seat, Meal and Special Assistance" section of the passenger details page. For more information on reserving additional seats and to find out more about individual airline policies, please visit our "Passenger Services" page.

Do you have to pay for airline seats?

Yes, when reserving your preferred seat you will normally have to pay an additional fee. Certain seats, such as those offering greater legroom, may be more costly than others. You can also add this fee to your booking when choosing to pay for your flights in monthly instalments with either Fly Now Pay Later, Affirm, Klarna or PayPal Credit. Alternatively, you can choose another of our 25 ways to pay.

When reserving a seat in your booking, the fee will also be discounted within the final ticket price at checkout when you apply one of the promo code offers available. Note that this is only applicable when paying with PayPal or PayPal Credit.

How can I sit together with the rest of my group?

Sitting with the rest of your group can really help to improve your flight experience. Reserving seats ahead of time is the best way to ensure that you and your friends or family are sat together. If pre-booking a seat for each member of your party is not possible, then checking in early is one of the best options for ensuring you will be sat with the rest of your group. If you do not pre-book seats for your group, you may have to rely on the kindness of other passengers to swap seats in order to sit together.

Can I choose to purchase a seat after my initial booking?

Yes, although you can purchase a seat at the time of booking, if you decide not to and later change your mind, you can add on a reserved seat to your booking. This can be done via the Account section. If you are looking to add on a seat to your booking, please see the how-to guide below for step-by-step instructions of how to do this. Please note that the availability of doing this will depend on the airline that you are flying with, as not all airlines currently offer the ability to pre-book a seat on the plane.