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Choose your seat

The way you choose your seat is changing

We know how important choosing a seat is to you and over the last couple of years we’ve been working hard and investing in ways to improve the process.

If you are in Upper Class, Premium Economy, Economy booked in Y or B class, a Flying Club Gold member or you made a confirmed booking on or before 16 December 2013, you will be exempt from any charges for selecting your seat.

From 25 June, all Economy customers will be able to select seats free of charge at check in but for those customers wanting to assign a seat before this time, the service will be available for a fee.

This means that until 25 June, all customers will be able to select their seats free of charge from 60 days before flight departure.

From 25 June, seats will be available to select from time of booking up to 336 days before departure.

Charges will apply to all routes (except London Heathrow to Tokyo).


When you can assign your seats

The process to select your seat is changing and will launch on 25 June 2014.

We have created a handy calculator for our passengers (not travelling in Y or B class) which will tell you when you can select your seats and if you will be charged.  All you need is the date you are due to fly.

If you are using Internet Explorer, please save the file to your machine. Alternatively, you can use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to view the calculator.

 

Advanced seat assignment calculator | 103kb

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To be able to use our calculator, you'll need to have Microsoft Excel installed and Macos enabled on your computer, or you can download Apache Open Office.


If you're flying Economy

You booked your flight after 16 December 2013 and your flight departure date is on or before 23 August 2014

You may choose your seats free of charge 60 days prior to departure via manage my booking, but if you choose your seat on or after 25 June 2014, there will be a charge from £25 per person, per flight.

You booked your flight after 16 December 2013 and your flight departure date is on or after 24 August 2014

You may choose your seats from 25 June 2014 via manage my booking from £25 per person, per flight.

From 25 June 2014, seats will be available to choose from time of booking.


If you're flying Virgin Atlantic Little Red

 

There are no charges for assigning seats in advance on Little Red, however, seats on these flights can only be chosen through Virgin Atlantic online at virginatlantic.com/managemybooking
If you are flying before 25 June 2014 seats can be assigned 60 days prior to departure.

After 25 June, you can choose your seats free of charge at time of booking up to 336 days in advance via manage my booking.


Additional information for customers with disabilities or travelling with young children

 

Don’t worry about the little ones, we will make sure that every child (under 12 years old) is seated next to a parent or an adult guardian 24 hours before your flight.

We will also make sure that passengers with disabilities get a seat most suitable for their needs.


A few points to remember:

 

  • Paid seats can only be chosen through Virgin Atlantic online at virginatlantic.com/managemybooking. If you book your flight direct with our contact centre, they’ll also be able to assign you a seat at the time of booking. Travel Agents will be able to assign seats at time of booking for their customers travelling in Upper Class, Premium Economy and for “Y” or "B" booking class in Economy.
  • There are no charges for assigning seats in advance on Little Red, however, seats on these flights can only be chosen through Virgin Atlantic online at virginatlantic.com/managemybooking.
  • If you are a Flying Club Gold member, you can only assign your seat though our website, unless you are booked in an exempt cabin or booking class.
  • If you pay to choose your seat in advance, please still check in online to speed up your journey through the airport.

Online check in

Online check in

All seats in the Economy cabin (except extra legroom and exit row seats) can be selected free of charge once check in opens, 24 hours before flight departure.

Check in online and choose your seats

If you’re unable to check in online your seats will be allocated when you check in at the airport.