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Extra-legroom Seat bookings

At Cathay Pacific, we want to offer you the option to secure seats with extra legroom in our Economy Class cabins.

With an additional fee or by redeeming Asia Miles, Cathay Pacific customers can secure an Extra-legroom Seat on long-haul flights as well as flights to Mainland China and regional destinations.

The Extra-legroom Seats are available to passengers who meet the exit row seat safety requirements. Seats are subject to availability.

Flights Amount per sector
Asia Miles
Long Haul
Flight between Hong Kong and Southwest Pacific, North America,
Europe, Africa, Middle East or Indian Subcontinent.
USD130/HKD1015 26,000
Short Haul
Flight between the destinations not mentioned above, including flights to / from
Japan, itineraries originated from Korea as well as flights between New York and Vancouver etc.
USD35/HKD275 7,000

Charge can be paid in HKD (departing from Hong Kong), USD or equivalent in local currency by the exchange rate for USD at the point of sale, and is subject to currency fluctuation.

The Marco Polo Club Diamond, Gold and Silver, or oneworld® Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald members may reserve an Extra Legroom Seat free of charge.

Passengers can book an Extra-legroom Seat online, or by calling our local reservations after ticket issuance, up to 24 hours before flight departure, or when checking in at the in-town or airport check-in counters*.

*Excluding check-in at “Self Check-In Kiosks”

The Marco Polo Club** or Asia Miles members must have sufficient points for redemption at the time of booking their Extra-legroom Seats.
How to redeem:

  • Redeem via Asia Miles Centre by phone before arriving at the airport or,
  • Arrange redemption for Extra-legroom at The Marco Polo Club/Asia Miles service counters at Hong Kong International Airport.

All Extra-legroom Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

**Free of charge for Silver tier or above members of The Marco Polo Club (Not applicable to spouse or companions).

Extra-legroom Seats are located near the emergency exit doors and are subject to the flight safety guidelines from the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong. A passenger may be assigned an Extra-legroom Seat if he or she meets the following safety requirements and will not obstruct emergency exits in a way of impeding the crew in their duties, obstructing access to emergency equipment or hindering aircraft evacuation.
In order to occupy an Extra-legroom Seat, you must:

  • Be at least 12 years of age at commencement of the journey;
  • Be able to understand and carry out safety instructions in English or Chinese;
  • Be able to promptly reach, lift and throw open the exit door in an emergency;
  • Not be a passenger travelling as an Unaccompanied Minor;
  • Not be frail;
  • Not be a passenger with any permanent or temporary disability, including a passenger travelling with a service dog, using portable oxygen or requiring the use of medical equipment on board;
  • Not be seated with an infant;
  • Not be under the influence of intoxicating substance;
  • Not be travelling with someone who needs your assistance in an emergency; or
  • Not require the use of an extension seat belt.

If a passenger does not fulfil the above safety requirements, Cathay Pacific may re-assign a regular Economy seat before or during the journey without refund of the Extra-legroom Seat reservation fees.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Extra-legroom Seats are assigned to eligible persons on a first-come, first-served basis on flights operated by Cathay Pacific Airways.
  2. The Extra-legroom Seat assignment is made separately and independently for each flight.
  3. The Extra-legroom Seat will be available with an additional fee of USD$130 or USD$35, or equivalent in local currency by the exchange rate for HKD at the point of sale.
  4. An Extra-legroom Seat is assigned only upon full payment of the Extra-legroom Seat fees and ticket fare.
  5. No mileage points are rewarded for the amount paid for an Extra-legroom Seat. 
  6. Passengers need to fulfil safety requirements when occupying Extra-legroom Seats. Please click here for the full details and safety requirements on Extra-legroom seating.
  7. Cathay Pacific Airways have the sole discretion, at check-in or boarding, to determine whether a passenger meets the requirements to sit on an Extra-legroom Seat. If he or she does not meet any one of the above safety requirements, Cathay Pacific may re-assign a regular Economy seat before or during the journey without refund of the Extra-legroom Seat reservation fees.
  8. The Extra-legroom Seat is non-transferrable and non-refundable.

    In the following exceptions, Cathay Pacific Airways will refund you if the Extra-legroom Seat is not utilised: The refund will be USD130 or USD35 or equivalent in local currency, as full and final compensation. Refund will be in the original form of payment and within 7 calendar days. Note: For customers who cancel the original booking without rebooking another flight at the same time, there will be no refund.
    • the flight is disrupted
    • the flight is cancelled by Cathay Pacific Airways/Dragonair
    • the connecting flight is missed because of flight re-timing of an inbound/outbound Cathay Pacific Airways/Dragonair-operated flight
    • if Extra-legroom Seat is not available when you move to a different flight.
  9. Extra-legroom Seats have certain characteristics, including the following specifications:
    • There is significantly more legroom than other seats in the economy cabin;
    • The Extra-legroom Seats are located near the emergency exit doors;
    • The arm-rests between the Extra-legroom Seats cannot be retracted because meal-trays are stowed in the arm-rest section.