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Are you planning to book with Hawaiian Airlines but don’t know how to lock the best seats for the journey? If yes, you are at the right place. From Main Cabin Basic seats to Premium seating options, Hawaiian offers enough variety to make travel comfortable and fun.

However, if you are wondering how seat selection works, keep on reading. It’s about time to  explore the intricacies of Hawaiian Airlines seat selection process, and how to use it to our advantage.

So, without further delay, let’s get into the nitty gritties of picking a seat with Hawaiian.

Terms & Conditions to Choosing the Best Seats on Hawaiian

Like other airlines, Hawaiian has some rules and regulations about selecting a seat. Some of them are: 

  • For the seat selection, Hawaiian Airlines has 3 broad seating categorizations, namely: 

- Main Cabin Basic
- Main Cabin 
- Main Cabin Preferred Seats

Note: All seats are subject to availability and work on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • The Main Cabin Basic tickets are non-refundable and not changeable.
  • Hawaiian Airlines main cabin seats are unavailable at the time of reservation. 
  • When you purchase Preferred Seats and decide to upgrade to Extra Comfort during check-in, the Preferred seat charges are not adjusted with the Extra Comfort fee.
  • The Preferred Seats are non-refundable.
  • If the passenger chooses ‘extra comfortable seats’, no refund is offered unless it’s a refundable ticket.
  • Preferred seats are booked per flight segment basis, and are subject to availability.

How Can I Pick a Seat on Hawaiian Airlines? 

You can select seats on Hawaiian Airlines by following the methods mentioned below: 

Through the website (At the time of booking) 

  • Visit the website of Hawaiian Airlines.
  • Then go to the Flight option. 
  • Tap on the Flight, and enter passenger and booking details.
  • After that, tap on ‘Proceed’ and find the Hawaiian Airlines seats Map. 
  • Click on the MAP and look for the available flights.
  • Select the right seat, and make the payment. 
  • At last, Hawaiian Airlines will send you a seat selection confirmation in your email. 

Through the website (After booking) 

  • Visit the Hawaiian Airlines website.
  • Go to the ‘My Flight’ option.
  • Enter booking details, such as your name and booking number, etc.
  • Tap on the ‘Flight’ and access the booking. 
  • Next, go to the seat section option and choose the seat. 
  • Afterwards, make the payment if required. 
  • At last, you will get the confirmation on your email or phone number. 

Further, if you fail both the above-mentioned ways, no worries! You can pick your seat at the time of check-in too. For that, you have to visit the airport check-in desk. Inform the representative about the seat and get your preference locked.

What seating options are available with Hawaiian Airlines?

Hawaiian offers a variety of seating options to make for a premium travel experience. While making seat selection with Hawaiian Airlines, you can choose from Main Cabin Basic, Main Cabin, and Main Cabin Preferred.

Main Cabin Basic 

  • The cheapest flight option, still you get courtesy meals, drinks, and snacks. 
  • Limitations: Seat assignment is available at check-in time.
  • You board last on the flight. 

Main Cabin

  • Allows to select seats prior to check-in.
  • Access to overhead bins.
  • Earn 1 Hawaiian mile for every flight. 
  • Flexibility with no change charges.

Main Cabin Preferred 

  • You will get Main Cabin seats with extra legroom.
  • In-flight services.
  • Best location in the cabin.

With these multitude of seating options, you will enjoy the best perks of air travel.

Why Hawaiian Airlines Seat Selection is not Available? 

Seat selection availability on Hawaiian Airlines may be limited or unavailable due to various factors including high passenger demand, flight capacity, or specific flight restrictions.

Limited seats may also occur closer to the departure date, as seats are allocated based on aspects such as passenger preferences, loyalty program status, and accessibility requirements.

So, if you are facing the said issue, it’s recommended to check seat availability during the booking process and explore alternative options. Or consider seat upgrades to leverage enhanced flexibility.

What is the difference between Basic Economy and Main Cabin?

A significant differentiation separates the two cabin classes. The table mentioned below will provide you with the exact differences. So check it out.


Main Cabin Basic

Main Cabin

1 free bag plus a personal item



Allows to choose the seat before check-in



Provides early access to the overhead bin



Allows to choose seats for family or companion



Change flight option available 



Upgrade flight to Preferred/Extra comfort seats 



Eligible for  HawaiianMiles/

Pualani Elite bonus



How Much Does Hawaiian Charge for Seat Selection?

Hawaiian Airlines does not charge a fee for seat selection. If you are selecting ‘Main Basic Economy’, a Hawaiian Airlines seat selection fee will apply, as it does not allow seat selection before and after the booking. 

Passengers will get random seats at the check-in time. And if you are choosing the ‘Main Cabin’ seats, then it’s complimentary.

Moreover, the seats are subject to availability and come with limitations. Thus, if you want to choose the seats, make sure to check the eligibility.

What happens if I don’t select the seat on Hawaiian Airlines? 

If you skip the seat selection at the time of booking or after making the reservation, Hawaiian will assign you random seats. But keep in mind that random seats may be the middle seats or any other seat that you may not like.

So, it's better to choose your seat when you make the purchase. It will help you in making your travel smooth and comfortable.

Bottom Line

Selecting the right seats on Hawaiian Airlines can upgrade your overall travel experience. Moreover, you get to pick your seats at varied stages during the reservation process - at the time of booking, after booking, and during check-in.

Further, Hawaiian Airlines seat selection offers a range of alternatives - extra comfort seats, more legroom, and window seats. To have the best experience, you must choose the seats as early as possible. 

Moreover, if you need further assistance, reach out to us at +1-860-516-6375, or contact the Hawaiian customer service team.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

How do I select the seat after booking?

To select the seat after booking, you can visit the website, choose the flight, click on the seat map, and pick your preferred seat.

What will be included in the Main Cabin Basic seat selection?

The Main Cabin Basic Seat selection includes free snacks, drinks, inflight entertainment, and 1 free carry-on bag, plus a personal Item.

What are the similarities between Main Cabin Preferred and Main Cabin?

Both seats provide extra legroom and inflight services like free drinks and snacks. Other than this, both the tickets allow seat selection at the time of booking.
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