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How to Select or Change Seat on United Airlines

05.02.22

To change your seat on United Airlines, you must locate your trip on their website and enter your confirmation code and last name. Basic Economy ticket holders must pay extra to change their seats, and all other ticket holders will be able to change their seats at no extra cost. All travelers have up until check-in to make any changes.
When you travel with United, there are a variety of ways to purchase or upgrade your seat or class. You can do this when booking your flight.
You can purchase a ticket in United Airlines premium cabins (United Polaris business class, United First or United Business) when making your reservation or change to a different seat or class of service after completing your reservation.
When you purchase a ticket, you can select between Basic Economy, Economy Plus, or premium cabin seating. Your choice of seating is based on the type of ticket that you purchase.
How to Select Seat on United Airlines 
United provides a seat reservation map that allows you to select business or coach seat on united, front of the plane or back and window or aisle seating.
To select your preferred seat according to your comfort and convenience Please follow below steps:

United Airlines MileagePlus members
A member of United’s MileagePlus program may be able to purchase a seat in Economy Plus, take advantage of premium cabin seating offers, or request a MileagePlus Travel Award or MileagePlus Upgrade Award. The availability of these options varies based on whether you’re booking travel, have already booked travel, or are eligible for check-in.
United Airlines MileagePlus members Seating During ticket purchase
MileagePlus members have a variety of seating options when booking tickets. The following options are available during purchase, depending on availability.
Economy Plus

MileagePlus Travel Awards

MileagePlus Upgrade Awards

Premium cabin seating offers

United Airlines MileagePlus members Seating After ticket purchase
MileagePlus members have seating options after ticket purchase. The following available seating options and restrictions.
Economy Plus

MileagePlus Travel Awards

MileagePlus Upgrade Awards

Premium cabin seating offers

Star Alliance Upgrade Awards

United Airlines Premier members Seating Options
MileagePlus Premier members can take advantage of premium cabin seating offers, or request a MileagePlus Travel Award, MileagePlus Upgrade Award, Plus Points upgrades or Star Alliance Upgrade Award. Availability of these options vary based on whether you’re booking travel, have already booked travel and are eligible for check-in.
Premier members Seating During ticket purchase
Premier members seating options during ticket purchase. The following options are available for purchase during booking, depending on availability:
Economy Plus

MileagePlus Travel Awards

MileagePlus Upgrade Awards

Premium cabin seating offersfootnote*

PlusPoints upgrades

Premier members Seating After ticket purchase
Premier members can purchase the following options after ticket purchase and at check-in, based on availability.
Economy Plus

MileagePlus Travel Awards

MileagePlus Upgrade Awards

Premium cabin seating offers

PlusPoints upgrades

Star Alliance Upgrade Awards

United Airlines Non-members Seating Options
Customers can purchase Economy Plus seats when they purchase their tickets, or they can take advantage of the special seating offers presented throughout the booking process.
In order to change your seat on United Airlines, you must first know what type of ticket you purchased. If you have a Basic Economy ticket, you will automatically be assigned a seat before boarding and won’t be able to make any changes.
However, you can pay extra to reserve a specific seat up until check-in. All other ticket purchases have the option to change their seat at no extra cost.
United Airlines Seat Selection Fee
There is no charge to select your seat with United (where available), but you can opt for “preferred seating” for $9 each way.

What are the best seats on United?
Best Seats: Any seat in row 21 is the best pick as the exit row provides more legroom than that found in First Class. Row 20 has equivalent legroom, but recline is slightly limited. Other excellent choices for the best legroom are seats 7D, 7E and 8C, though the proximity to the lavatory and galley might be bother
Can you pick your seat on United Basic Economy?
All fare classes, except Basic Economy, allow you to choose your seat or change your seat assignment. If you’re in a Basic Economy ticket, you can purchase your seat during booking and up until check-in opens.
Do I have to pay for a seat on United Airlines?
One of the main restrictions on basic economy tickets is that you can’t select a seat assignment in advance. As of February 1, 2018, United is letting basic economy passengers pay to assign their seats up until 24 hours before departure
Is there a difference between United Economy and basic economy?
While Basic Economy offers the same level of inflight service as standard Economy, this lower-priced option has some important restrictions on seating, carry-on baggage, MileagePlus member benefits – including Premier member benefits – and other aspects of your travel.
What is a preferred seat on United Airlines?
Preferred seating is for a more favorable spot in United Economy. Preferred seats include United Economy seats that have standard legroom but are closer to the front of the aircraft in the first few rows behind Economy Plus.
How do you sit together on United Basic Economy?
When you book a Basic Economy ticket, you cannot select your seat for free. Your seat will be assigned when you check in for your flight and you cannot change it yourself. United makes it clear when booking regarding families and groups: they do not guarantee you will be able to sit together.