How to Fly American’s Best Business Class Seats Domestically From October to December 2017

Oct 5, 2017

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It’s not often in air travel when you get a lot more than what you’re expecting. But, thanks to American Airlines’ widely varying fleet, within the US you can experience anything from a narrow-pitch, no-power and no in-flight entertainment first class seat to a top-notch, lie-flat international business class seat when flying up front domestically.

Since AA’s schedule can vary from month to month, we like to save you some time by digging into the airline’s schedule and unveiling where you can find these excellent seats.

Whether you splurge on a first class award or paid ticket, get a free upgrade using 500-mile upgrades or get a complimentary upgrade as an Executive Platinum member, here are the ways to fly on American Airlines’ best business class seats without having to bring your passport.

777-200 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

American Airlines has three versions of the 777-200 in its fleet:

While the “old” retrofit also has lie-flat seats, the “new” retrofit is a much more pleasant experience:


The trouble is distinguishing the 37-seat Zodiacs from the 37-seat Super Diamonds. Unfortunately, due to aircraft swaps, you’re never guaranteed to get the Super Diamonds even if you see a 10-row 37-seat business class cabin on the seat map. That said, here are the routes where you have the best chance of getting the Super Diamonds:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
Chicago (ORD) Dallas (DFW) 2375 18:25 20:49 5-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Dallas (DFW) Chicago (ORD) 1233 12:40 15:01 6-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Dallas (DFW) Honolulu (HNL) 123 9:05 13:45 5-Nov 9-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Honolulu (HNL) 123 9:05 13:58 11-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Honolulu (HNL) 5 10:55 15:31 15-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Kahului (OGG) 7 9:05 13:34 5-Nov 3-Dec Wed-Mon
Dallas (DFW) Kahului (OGG) 7 9:05 13:34 6-Dec 14-Dec Wed-Fri,Sun
Dallas (DFW) Kahului (OGG) 7 9:50 14:08 15-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2401 6:50 8:23 29-Oct 4-Nov Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2401 6:40 8:18 5-Nov 14-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 1257 22:15 23:53 15-Dec 30-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Miami (MIA) 905 16:50 20:33 5-Nov 14-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Miami (MIA) 339 7:25 11:11 15-Dec 15-Dec Once
Dallas (DFW) Miami (MIA) 367 16:50 20:35 15-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Miami (MIA) 261 18:45 22:32 15-Dec 15-Dec Once
Dallas (DFW) Newark (EWR) 9458 13:00 17:20 9-Dec 9-Dec Once
Honolulu (HNL) Dallas (DFW) 8 18:45 6:01 5-Nov 31-Dec Daily
Honolulu (HNL) Dallas (DFW) 102 21:00 8:22 15-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Honolulu (HNL) Los Angeles (LAX) 144 23:35 7:00 15-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Kahului (OGG) Dallas (DFW) 6 18:50 5:53 5-Nov 26-Nov Sun-Mon,Wed-Fri
Kahului (OGG) Dallas (DFW) 116 21:35 8:44 11-Nov 25-Nov Saturday
Kahului (OGG) Dallas (DFW) 6 18:50 5:53 27-Nov 3-Dec Wed-Mon
Kahului (OGG) Dallas (DFW) 6 18:50 5:53 6-Dec 10-Dec Sun,Wed-Fri
Kahului (OGG) Dallas (DFW) 6 18:50 5:53 13-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2462 14:25 19:26 29-Oct 29-Oct Sunday
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2462 14:05 19:08 30-Oct 4-Nov Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2462 14:15 19:17 5-Nov 23-Dec Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2462 14:15 19:17 25-Dec 30-Dec Mon-Sat
Los Angeles (LAX) Honolulu (HNL) 143 15:00 18:51 15-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Miami (MIA) Dallas (DFW) 969 10:45 13:02 5-Nov 14-Dec Sun-Fri
Miami (MIA) Dallas (DFW) 969 10:55 13:14 11-Nov 9-Dec Saturday
Miami (MIA) Dallas (DFW) 969 11:05 13:24 15-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Newark (EWR) Dallas (DFW) 9458 21:30 0:30 10-Dec 10-Dec Once

787-9 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

After launching them on a domestic route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles, American Airlines has tried to keep its efficient 787-9 Dreamliners on international routes. However, periodically the airline will have to position these aircraft between hubs due to scheduling needs. This opens up a golden opportunity to try AA’s newest business class seat out for yourself.

For October-December, you’ll find these three-cabin (economy, premium economy, business) aircraft flying the domestic route between Los Angeles (LAX) and Dallas (DFW):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2463 17:40 18:50 5-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2463 17:55 19:05 29-Oct 4-Nov Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2489 18:50 20:20 5-Nov 31-Dec Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2250 8:59 10:45 30-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2462 14:05 19:07 1-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 74 8:20 13:27 31-Oct 4-Nov Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2459 8:25 13:30 5-Nov 14-Dec Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2459 8:20 13:20 15-Dec 31-Dec Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 1245 11:55 16:55 30-Dec 31-Dec Daily

Upgrade didn’t clear? Or, don’t want to pay for first class? AA has made the decision to not sell premium economy on domestic routes (except to Hawaii), so the premium economy cabin found on each of these aircraft is sold as part of the economy cabin. However, these seats are labeled as Main Cabin Extra, so you’ll need AA elite status to choose these for free.

777-300ER Zodiac

Long considered to have one of the best business class seats in the sky, American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER (77W) is a great way of traveling anywhere. Problem is, it’s typically expensive to buy an international round-trip on this aircraft; award availability on these flights is especially hard to get; and upgrades are highly sought after.

American Airlines

If you want to see what all the buzz is about, here are the domestic routes flown by the American Airlines 77W:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
Los Angeles (LAX) Miami (MIA) 1088 9:45 17:57 5-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Miami (MIA) Los Angeles (LAX) 275 17:44 20:27 5-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2250 8:57 10:45 16-Dec 17-Dec Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 1243 11:55 16:55 16-Dec 17-Dec Daily

First, fellow American Airlines nerds might notice something strange above: the 77W is being pulled from the LAX-MIA route starting October 29. I’ve confirmed this with AA’s schedules. However, the good news is that it’ll return on January 8 through March 24.

The DFW-LAX route is short enough that the business class cabin is sold as part of economy. So, if you buy domestic first class, you’ll sit in the first class cabin of this three-cabin aircraft. Good luck snagging one of these four flights!

Where do you hope to catch these business class seats domestically?

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