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Old Jan 12, 13, 5:08 am
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Paid seating and pricing schedules

Caution: the original content below is now largely obsolete. In late 2016, BA changed its pricing model by replacing the old tariff with new dynamic pricing. Generally, this means popular seats towards the front of the cabin now cost more than less popular seats located progressively aft

General paid seating can be requested by most customers from time of booking up until online check-in opens 24 hours before their flight, subject to availability.

With long haul flights, the seat prices are divided into several categories and priced according to their popularity:
  • Exit row seats
    This category includes seats at bulk head rows
  • Twin seats
    These are located at the rear of the cabin where the fuselage tapers in. As a result of which only two seats fit between the window and the aisle where three would normally fit. This category includes outer seats on the upper deck of the Airbus A380
  • Outer seats
    Located between the window and the aisle. This includes twin seats A/B and J/K on the Boeing 767
  • Centre seats
    Located between the twin aisles

Additional information worthy of note include:
  • Paid seating is not available on flights operated by any British Airways franchisee or alliance airline, or any flight operated by a codeshare partner. Paid seating is however available on OpenSkies and Club World London City flights.
  • General seating aims to allow customers to pre-assign seats together in advance of online check in. Therefore when purchasing seating, seat allocations must be purchased for all passengers in the booking but the seats need not be of the same type.
  • Certain customers are not eligible for paid seating, for example Skyflyers Solo (children travelling alone) and those customers travelling as part of a specialised group.
  • Your booking must be ticketed before you can pay for seat allocation.

The pricing schedule has changed recently and routes are now divided into bands.

Not all routes are priced alike. Here's a break down of the current price bands. Weaselly caveat: these route bands are subject to change.

Last edited by Prospero; Nov 19, 16 at 3:20 am Reason: Nov 2016 update
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