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What are my 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 PolarisSM first class, 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.

During ticket purchase

The following options are available for purchase during booking, depending on availability.
Seating options united.com United app United Customer Contact Centers
Economy Plus available available available
MileagePlus Travel Awards available available available
MileagePlus Upgrade Awards available not available available
Premium cabin seating offers* available available available

After ticket purchase

The following options are available for purchase after booking and through check-in, depending on availability.
Seating options united.com United app United Customer Contact Centers
Economy Plus available available available
MileagePlus Travel Awards available available available
MileagePlus Upgrade Awards available not available available
Premium cabin seating offers* available available available
Star Alliance Upgrade Awards available not available not available

At check-in

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.

At the gate

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 AllianceTM 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.

During ticket purchase

The following options are available for purchase during booking, depending on availability
Seating options united.com United app United Customer Contact Centers
Economy Plus available available available
MileagePlus Travel Awards available available available
MileagePlus Upgrade Awards available not available available
Premium cabin seating offers* available available available
Regional Premier Upgrades available not available available
Global Premier Upgrades available not available available

After ticket purchase

The following options are available for purchase after booking and through check-in, depending on availability.
Seating options united.com United app United Customer Contact Centers
Economy Plus available available available
MileagePlus Travel Awards available available available
MileagePlus Upgrade Awards available not available available
Premium cabin seating offers* available available available
Regional Premier Upgrades available not available available
Global Premier Upgrades available not available available
Star Alliance Upgrade Awards available not available available

At check-in

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.

At the gate

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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*Premium cabin seating offers vary by customer and itinerary.