Seating options

When you travel with United, there are a variety of ways to purchase a different seat or upgrade to a higher class of service, provided you are not traveling on a Basic Economy ticket.

You can purchase a ticket in one of our premium cabins (United Polaris® business class, United First®, or United Business®) when making your reservation, or change to a different seat or class of service after completing your reservation.

The tables below provide an overview of all the ways you can modify your seat or class of service, based on your MileagePlus® status level. If you are not a MileagePlus member, join now to take advantage of all the MileagePlus program benefits.

For seating information for customers with disabilities, please view seating accommodations.

If you have any questions, please visit the pages listed under Seating option details below or call the United Customer Contact Center in your country or region.

MileagePlus members

MileagePlus members seated in United Economy may be able to purchase a seat in Economy Plus, take advantage of premium cabin seating offers*, or request a MileagePlus Travel Award or MileagePlus Upgrade Award. The availability of these options varies based on whether you're booking travel, have already booked travel, or are eligible for check-in.

  • MileagePlus membersseating options during ticket purchase table. The following options are available for purchase during booking, depending on availability.
    Seating optionsunited.comUnited appUnited Customer Contact Centers
    Economy Plusavailableavailableavailable
    MileagePlus Travel Awardsavailableavailableavailable
    MileagePlus Upgrade Awardsavailablenot availableavailable
    Premium cabin seating offers*availableavailableavailable
  • MileagePlus membersseating options after ticket purchase table. The following options are available for purchase after booking and through check-in, depending on availability.
    Seating optionsunited.comUnited appUnited Customer Contact Centers
    Economy Plusavailableavailableavailable
    MileagePlus Travel Awardsavailableavailableavailable
    MileagePlus Upgrade Awardsavailablenot availableavailable
    Premium cabin seating offers*availableavailableavailable
    Star Alliance Upgrade Awardsavailablenot availablenot available
  • MileagePlus members are able to purchase a seat in Economy Plus or take advantage of premium cabin seating offers* on united.com, in the United app, through the check-in kiosk, or with a United representative. To request a MileagePlus Upgrade Award, please see a United representative.
  • MileagePlus members are able to purchase a seat in Economy Plus, take advantage of premium cabin seating offers* or request a MileagePlus Upgrade Award at the gate before boarding. Please see a United representative to discuss these options.

Premier® members

MileagePlus Premier members enjoy extra benefits beyond what's available to all MileagePlus members. These perks include bonus award miles, Complimentary Premier Upgrades, priority travel services, fee waivers, discounts and other benefits when traveling with Star Alliance™ member airlines. See a full list of MileagePlus Premier benefits.

MileagePlus Premier members can take advantage of premium cabin seating offers*, or request a MileagePlus Travel Award, MileagePlus Upgrade Award, Regional Premier Upgrade, Global Premier Upgrade or Star Alliance Upgrade Award. The availability of these options varies based on whether you're booking travel, have already booked travel, or are eligible for check-in.

MileagePlus Premier members can also take advantage of complimentary Economy Plus seating, available starting at booking for Premier Gold and higher members and at check-in for Premier Silver members.

  • Premier members seating options during ticket purchase table. The following options are available for purchase during booking, depending on availability.
    Seating optionsunited.comUnited appUnited Customer Contact Centers
    Economy Plusavailableavailableavailable
    MileagePlus Travel Awardsavailableavailableavailable
    MileagePlus Upgrade Awardsavailablenot availableavailable
    Premium cabin seating offers*availableavailableavailable
    Regional Premier Upgradesavailablenot availableavailable
    Global Premier Upgradesavailablenot availableavailable
  • Premier membersseating options after ticket purchase table. The following options are available for purchase after booking and through check-in, depending on availability.
    Seating optionsunited.comUnited appUnited Customer Contact Centers
    Economy Plusavailableavailableavailable
    MileagePlus Travel Awardsavailableavailableavailable
    MileagePlus Upgrade Awardsavailablenot availableavailable
    Premium cabin seating offers*availableavailableavailable
    Regional Premier Upgradesavailablenot availableavailable
    Global Premier Upgradesavailablenot availableavailable
    Star Alliance Upgrade Awardsavailablenot availableavailable
  • All Premier members are eligible for complimentary Economy Plus seating. Premier Gold, Platinum and 1K members have complimentary access to Economy Plus seating at booking, and Premier Silver members have complimentary access at check-in, when available. Premium cabin seating offers* on united.com, in the United app, through the check-in kiosk, or with a United representative may be available in select markets. To request a MileagePlus Upgrade Award, Regional Premier Upgrade or Global Premier Upgrade, please see a United representative.

  • MileagePlus members with Premier status can purchase a seat in Economy Plus, take advantage of premium cabin seating offers*, or request a MileagePlus Upgrade Award, Regional Premier Upgrade or Global Premier Upgrade by speaking with a United representative.

Non-members

Customers are able to purchase a seat in Economy Plus or take advantage of premium cabin seating offers* presented throughout the booking process.

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Footnotes

  • *Premium cabin seating offers vary by customer and itinerary.