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I was booking a redemption flight for a friend recently and discovered something I had no idea about – how to select your seat for free on Iberia when using Avios to book. What is particularly good is that you can even pick extra legroom / emergency exit seats for free too!
The process is remarkably simple, I simply had no idea it was possible before.
If you buy a cash Economy ticket (and don’t have elite status), you have to pay to select a seat and the booking fee for an extra legroom seat on a longhaul flight in Summer is at least £50 each way.
Book using Avios though, and it’s a different story:
“Customers with tickets purchased with Avios (or equivalent in miles) in Economy or Blue fares may select a seat free of charge when making their booking.”
As you can see, even the cheapest ‘Blue Class’ redemptions include free seat selection.
How to Select Your Seat for Free on Iberia
Book as normal on the Iberia site using Avios, then head to the ‘Your Bookings’ section under the ‘Your flights’ heading:
Click ‘see/manage’ and then on the flight info section to expand it:
You should then see a screen like the one below – just click on “Early seat booking”
click through again and you will be presented with the aircraft seat map
As you can hopefully see above, even selecting an extra legroom emergency exit seat is completely free.
The lack of a charge is confirmed below – note that the selected seat, 6A, is an extra legroom emergency exit seat at the very front of the Economy cabin:
If you’ve ever wondered how to select your seat for free on Iberia, the answer is simple – book using Avios.
I actually purchased this particular ticket as an ‘Avios & Money’ award for the lowest amount of Avios possible (just 6,250 Avios!) because the cash co-pay worked out at effectively buying Avios at a pretty decent rate (~0.7p each), so it doesn’t even have to be a ‘full’ Avios award to get the free seat selection.