Advance Seat Selection

Advance Seat Selection

Looking for an aisle or window seat? You can always select your seat free of charge at check-in. But if you’d rather not wait, you can pick your seat in advance, free or for a fee:

Standard Seat – Window or aisle, you decide
Basic fare
  • Within Canada / Canada-U.S.: $14 - $60 *
  • Caribbean and Mexico: $30 - $60 CAD/USD*
  • International Flights: $30 - $90 CAD/USD*
Standard fare
Business Class / Premium Economy / Latitude / comfort / Flex fares:
  • Complimentary


Preferred Seats – Looking for a little extra space?
Choose a Preferred Seat starting at $20*


* Prices are per passenger, per flight segment and do not include taxes. Flight segments are identified by a change in flight number, with each new flight number representing a flight segment. Fees apply to flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada Rouge or an Air Canada Express carrier.

How can I make sure my young child and I are seated together?

Our intent is to always seat children with a parent or guardian. For this reason, we offer complimentary seat assignment for parents/guardians and children under the age of 14 who are travelling together. 

It’s important to always indicate in your booking, or advise the Air Canada agent or your travel agent at time of booking that you are travelling with young children.  

If you’ve already completed your reservation, you can go to My Bookings before your check-in to confirm that your child has automatically been seated with a parent or guardian. Alternatively, please contact Air Canada Reservations or your travel agent to make the necessary changes.

  • In the event that adjacent seating cannot be arranged, Air Canada will offer other flight options or a full refund.

Air Canada Vacations bookings:

Click on the ‘View & Print Itinerary’ link to view your seating arrangement

Bookings with a travel agent or via another travel website:

Click on the seat selection tool link to view your seating arrangement.

How and when can I select or change my seat online?

You can select your seat for any flight* operated by Air Canada or Air Canada Rouge, or an Air Canada Express carrier**:

When you book your flight

Choose your seat as you complete your booking.

After booking by going to the My Bookings tab

Up to 2 hours before your flight:
Retrieve your booking online and select your seat

When you check in

Within 24 hours of your flight:
Check in online or on your mobile device, and choose from the remaining standard seats* at no cost.

*Preferred seats can be purchased for a small fee.

Did you book with another airline?

You can still purchase a Preferred seat for your Air Canada operated flight. Just make sure you have your Air Canada booking reference.

For all other types of bookings, call Air Canada Reservations or contact the travel agent who handled your reservation.

* Seat selection is not available on codeshare flights.
** Air Canada Express refers to flights operated by Jazz Aviation LP.

What else do I need to know?

The following terms and conditions apply to seat selection.

  • Advance standard seat selection charges are per passenger.
  • Your seat selection and any related charges apply, per passenger, to each individual one-way flight segment in your itinerary.
  • Advance standard seat selection charges are refundable only in the following circumstances:
    • you are moved to a seat other than the one you selected due to an involuntary schedule or airport change (e.g., flight disruption, cancellation). If you are moved from your seat for such a reason, you may request a refund of your seat charges.
    • you decide not to travel on a flight for which you purchased advance standard seat selection. The value of your advance standard seat selection charge will be retained and can be applied towards seat selection on a future Air Canada itinerary, provided you do not cancel your original booking.