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Why do I need to pay to reserve a regular seat?

This is a service for customers travelling on Economy ‒ with fare class S, N, Q, O, X (excluding Economy Essential fares and Economy Flex fares#) or Economy Light fares, who are otherwise not eligible to reserve their seats in advance of check-in.

Customers can reserve their seats for an additional fee up to 48 hours before departure.

However, it is free when customers are:

  • Travelling with a child or infant in the same booking
  • Cathay Silver, Gold or Diamond members*
  • Companions travelling with a Cathay Silver, Gold or Diamond member* in the same booking and ticket issued on the same fare type (if applicable)
  • oneworld Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald members

Please note that reservation is complimentary once online check-in is open. Please note: If you are any Cathay member, or oneworld Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald member, priority online check-in will be open from 48 hours before your flight departure time for all passengers in your booking. Otherwise, online check-in opens from 24 hours before your flight departure time.

#Applies to new Economy Flex fares only.
*Reserve your seat charge is based on the Cathay membership status at the time of the request.