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Virgin Atlantic to charge for economy seat reservations

 18 Dec 2013

Virgin AtlanticVirgin Atlantic will start charging economy passengers to pre-select their seats from 1 April 2014.

The fee is £25 per seat per flight, and is set to be introduced on all of Virgin Atlantic's long-haul routes with the exception of Tokyo. Domestic flights with Little Red will be exempt from the charge.

Advance seat allocation is free of charge for:

  • Flying Club Gold members
  • Passengers travelling in Upper Class, Premium Economy
  • Economy passengers on fully flexible tickets (these are tickets in fare class Y)

Other passengers travelling in the economy cabin need to pay to select seats if they want to choose them in advance of the 24 hour online check in window.

Between 8 December 2013 - 30 January 2014, passengers will only be able to assign seats for flights departing on or before 1 March 2014. For most flights departing from 1 February 2014 - 31 May 2014 passengers will be able to select seats 30 days before their flight.

You may choose seats up to 336 days in advance for all of the following scenarios effective as of:

  • 1 April 2014 - Pay to choose seats if you are flying between London Gatwick and Las Vegas
  • 1 April 2014 - Choose seats free of charge if you are traveling to or from Tokyo - selecting seats on this route will remain free of charge
  • 1 April 2014 - Choose and purchase exit row seats and seats with extra legroom on all routes from the seat map
  • 1 May 2014 - Pay to choose your seats if you are flying to destinations in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Australia
  • 1 June 2014 - Pay to choose your seats on all long-haul routes served by Virgin Atlantic

If you already have a seat selected for a flight that departs either before or after 1 April 2014, you will be able to keep it.

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