United Airlines seating options

At Flight Centre, we know the importance of a good seat onboard and want to help you to get yours. Learn more about United Airlines seating options in each class of service and what your upgrade options may be. Find out what to expect onboard and how to select a seat for free before checking-in.

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United Airlines Seat Assignments

Whether you are about to make a booking or are waiting for your ticketed flight, you should be aware of Uniteds seat assignment policy. Advance seat selection can be done at either the time of booking, during airport or web check-in, but may also be available to you in between the time you book and the time you fly.

If you are booking online, request your preferred seat in the Requests section of the booking process, by indicating window or aisle, and if youd prefer the front or the back of the plane. Requests for specific seat numbers may not be accommodated at this time. The agent handling your booking will confirm a seat for you based on your preferences, if available. Any seat selected prior to check-in can be changed during the check-in process, online or at the airport.

If you are booking over the phone or in-person with a Flight Centre travel agent, advance seat selection can usually be done at time of booking.

United Airlines Basic Economy Class

With Uniteds absolute lowest Economy Class fare, seating is assigned by the airline and cannot be changed. This fare class does not allow for upgrades to premium seats or higher classes of service. You will get your seat numbers at time of check-in from United Airlines directly.

United Airlines Economy Class (Standard)

Great value with options. Enjoy Uniteds Economy Class pricing with a choice in seating. A specific seat may be confirmed at time of booking, up to the time of check-in, free of charge. Premium seats, like bulkhead or exit row, may be purchased prior to boarding or you can buy-up to Economy Plus for more space and enhanced services.

United Airlines Economy Plus

Sit at or near the front of the Economy Class cabin with extra legroom and more space in your seat. These popular seats can be upgraded to from Economy Class using your MileagePlus points or by credit card at a United Airlines airport kiosk or service desk. Please note that Basic Economy Class passengers cannot upgrade to Economy Plus, only standard Economy Class passengers can.

United Airlines Business Class

Available on flights from the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean, United Business Class offers luxurious perks like United Club access, Premium Access lanes to get through security quicker, 2-free standard size checked bags, priority boarding, plush premium seats with extra space and complimentary meals and beverages onboard. Trans-continental Business Class service between Boston and San Francisco features Uniteds fully lie-flat beds.

United Airlines First Class

Available on flights between Canada and the U.S. and on flights within the United States, United First Class replaces the Business Class cabin for maximum comfort and service on North American routes. Enjoy priority boarding and baggage handling, Premium Access lanes for less time in airport lines, 2-free standard size checked bags, extra-spacious seats with complimentary access to Uniteds extensive library of audio and video entertainment, Wi-Fi for purchase, full meal service and a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the flight.

United Airlines Polaris Business Class & Polaris First Class

United Airlines latest cabin design, offered exclusively on their international routes, is called Polaris. Available in both Business and First Class versions (depending on the aircraft), Polaris takes the premium travel experience to a new level, beginning with free access to Uniteds elegant Polaris Lounge.

While offering all of the perks of Uniteds typical Business and First Class, the Polaris cabin layout features angled seating for even more in-seat space, forward and rear facing seats and fully lie-flat beds. Multi-course meals are accompanied by premium carefully-selected wines and spirits and a la carte snacks are available throughout your flight.

Your seat comes with complimentary access to Uniteds extensive library of audio and video entertainment and an enhanced amenity kit featuring Soho House & Co. Cowshed products. Stretch out and relax in the cabins comfortable chill out areas and even take a shower before you land!

Experience Polaris Business and First Class on your next ocean crossing adventure.