Reserve your seat

We want every traveller to sit just where they like. That is why you can reserve your favourite spot on any KLM flight yourself. We even suggest best seats for travellers with specific wishes, such as families. Here’s how to reserve your seat on your KLM flight.

How can I choose my seat?

On KLM.com, it's easy as pie. You can reserve seats on the seat map while booking your KLM flight; afterwards in My Trip or during check-in. Simply pick your seat per KLM flight and follow the instructions to finish your seat reservation.

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Cost & discounts

For many KLM flights you can select and change regular seats free of charge – on KLM.com or in the KLM app - at any time. Economy Comfort seats, seats with extra legroom and preferred seats can be reserved at a fee. Read more about choosing more comfort.

However, for KLM flights to and from Asia (except India), South America and the Caribbean that are booked on or after 1 December 2015 with departure on or after 26 January 2016:

  • Selecting a regular seat costs EUR 20 (one way) before check-in starts.
  • Selecting a regular seat is free of charge during check-in.
  • Economy Comfort seats, seats with extra legroom and preferred seats on these KLM flights can be reserved at a fee. Read more about choosing more comfort

Whether seat selection is free of charge or at an extra cost depends on a number of factors, including the seat type, your ticket type, travel class and whether or not you are travelling as a family – just to name a few. See below for exceptions and discounts.

Business Class travellers

Seat selection in KLM Business Class is always free of charge.

Flying Blue members

Members of Flying Blue and SkyMiles and can enjoy advantages and discounts depending on their membership level:

Ivory members:

For many KLM flights you can select regular seats free of charge and reserve extra comfortable seats at a fee. For KLM flights to and from Asia (except India), South America and the Caribbean that are booked on or after 1 December 2015 with departure on or after 26 January 2016:

  • Free selection of regular seats during check-in: from 30 hours before departure (24 hours for flights to and from the United States)
  • Before check-in starts: reservation of regular seats at a fee
  • Reservation of Economy Comfort seats, seats with extra legroom and preferred seats at a fee: anytime on KLM.com.

Silver members:

For many KLM flights you can select regular seats free of charge and you receive 25% discount on extra comfortable seats. For KLM flights to and from Asia (except India), South America and the Caribbean that are booked on or after 1 December 2015 with departure on or after 26 January 2016:

  • Free selection of regular seats for everyone in your travel group
  • 25% discount on Economy Comfort seats, seats with extra legroom and preferred seats
  • Anytime on KLM.com

Gold members:

For many KLM flights you can select regular seats free of charge and you receive 50% discount on all extra comfortable seats. For KLM flights to and from Asia (except India), South America and the Caribbean that are booked on or after 1 December 2015 with departure on or after 26 January 2016:

  • Free selection of regular seats for everyone in your travel group
  • Free reservation of preferred seats
  • 50% discount on Economy Comfort seats and seats with extra legroom
  • Anytime on KLM.com

Platinum and SkyMiles Diamond members:

For many KLM flights you can select regular seats and extra comfortable seats free of charge. For KLM flights to and from Asia (except India), South America and the Caribbean that are booked on or after 1 December 2015 with departure on or after 26 January 2016:

  • Free selection of regular seats for everyone in your travel group
  • Free reservation of Economy Comfort seats, seats with extra legroom and preferred seats
  • Anytime on KLM.com
Fully flexible tickets

With a ticket that allows you to change and/or cancel your trip (fare types Y, B or M) you can also select regular seats free of charge at any time. If you are not sure what ticket type you have booked, simply log in to My Trip and go to ‘Select seat’ to see if a fee applies.

Families

We aim to make family travel as easy as possible. And because we know that sitting together with your kids is important, we do our very best to provide good seats for your family.

For many KLM flights you can select regular seats free of charge, and extra comfortable seats at a fee.

However, for KLM flights to and from Asia (except India), South America and the Caribbean that are booked on or after 1 December 2015 with departure on or after 26 January 2016:

  • If you are travelling with a baby on your lap (max. 2 years on the return flight) you can reserve seats for yourself and everyone in your booking at a fee. If you do not reserve seats yourself, we will make sure to assign suitable regular seats to your family, all together, at the latest 4 days before departure and free of charge.
  • If you are travelling with children (between 2 and 11 years) you can reserve seats for your family at a fee until check-in starts. If you do not reserve seats, we will assign suitable regular seats to your family at the latest 4 days before departure. We will try to have you all sit together, and always guarantee that each child will sit next to an adult in your group. Selecting and changing regular seats is free during check-in.
  • If your child is travelling alone, we will choose a suitable seat free of charge and look after them throughout their flight.
Travellers with special needs

We want you to be as comfortable as possible on your KLM flight. Our staff will be pleased to discuss your needs, so call us and we'll help you find the best seat for you, for free.

Read more about requesting special assistance

Groups of 9 or more people

You can select regular seats free of charge for everyone in your group at any time until check-in closes.

Change seats

Changing your seat is just as easy as reserving one – in My Trip or during check-in. You can change to the same type of seat you reserved at any time until check-in closes. If you choose to reserve a seat with a higher price, or if you were assigned a regular seat by us and you want to change seats, you only need to pay the price difference. If you were assigned an Economy Comfort seat, a seat with extra legroom or a preferred seat by us, and you want to change to another seat, you will need to pay the full price regardless the seat type.

Flight changes

If you reserved a seat and later changed your flight you can select the same seat type free of charge on your new flight.

If we change your flight, we will do everything we can to make sure you will have the seat you originally picked. Sometimes, however, there is an aircraft change for example. We will then go with plan B. This means that we will do our utmost to offer you our best alternative; a similar extra comfortable seat type or regular (window/aisle/middle) seat as you originally reserved. And we will try to keep group travellers seated together.

Read the terms and conditions for reserving regular seats

Refunds

If you could not sit where you wanted, we are very sorry! In the rare case that we cannot give you the same seat type with extra comfort, you may request a refund of the costs of your original seat. This is also possible if you reserved a regular seat at a fee, but were assigned another seat by us.

Read more and apply for a refund