How to Change Airline Seat Assignments Online

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These days, airline travel has more do-it-yourself features than ever before. Whether you book online or through a travel agent, you can manage your seat assignment on most airline's websites. Many airlines allow you to choose or switch your seat online.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to the Internet
  • An online account for the airline on which you're flying, or the online booking service you used when making the reservation
  • Your reservation or confirmation number

Gather your reservation information and frequent flyer number if you have one. You should have either a confirmation or reservation number for your ticket, and you'll need this when you log in to the airline's website.

Log in to the airline website or the online booking service you used when making the reservation. If you do not have an online account with the airline, you will be asked to register. Once you are logged in you will be able to see your personal information and proceed with the seat changing process.

Access the itinerary for the flight on which you'd like to change your seat. With some airline websites, your future itineraries will be visible as soon as you log in. Others may require you to enter your confirmation or reservation number for a particular flight.

Once you have accessed your itinerary, you will see your current seat assignment. Most airlines and booking services have an option marked "change seat assignment" or "view seat assignment" which will open up a view of the plane's layout showing seats that are occupied or available.

Change your seat by clicking on another available seat. Bear in mind that some airlines do charge an additional fee for some seats, such as exit rows. Once you have chosen your new seat assignment, save your selection. Print out a copy of your itinerary with your new seat assignment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you log in again after changing your seat assignment to confirm your changes have been saved.
  • Check your itinerary and seat assignments a few days before travel to make sure nothing has changed.
  • It helps to do some research on the type of plane on which you're flying. Certain seats don't recline, like the last row in the plane and some exit rows. You don't want to get stuck in a seat that doesn't offer the most comfort. Call the airline or your travel agent if you have questions.

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