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American Airlines’ fleet can be frustratingly inconsistent. Some long US domestic routes will lack power or in-flight entertainment, even in first class. Meanwhile, you can find lie-flat seats sold as economy on one-hour flights. If you’ve got some flexibility to your travels, knowing American Airlines’ fleet schedule can mean getting a superior experience.
Problem is, AA’s schedule can vary from month to month. So, we at The Points Guy dig into the airline’s schedule to unveil 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 or Zodiac
American Airlines has four versions of the 777-200 in its fleet — some with “rocking” Zodiac seats and others with new B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats. Some have been retrofit with premium economy, while others are still in the queue. These can be frustrating to try to tell apart. And, even if you do book a particular version, equipment changes means there’s no telling which type will show up at your gate.
However, all four versions have some form of lie-flat business class seats. So, looking for 777-200s on domestic routes is sure to provide a better-than-average first class experience. Here are the routes on which AA is using these aircraft:
|DFW||OGG||7||9:50||14:15||16-Feb||24-Feb||Fri & Sat|
|OGG||DFW||116||21:30||8:37||16-Feb||24-Feb||Fri & Sat|
787-9 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond
After originally testing its 787-9s on the domestic route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles, American Airlines has mostly assigned its efficient 787-9 Dreamliners to 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.
|ORD||DFW||2331||15:15||17:37||15-Feb||16-Feb||Thurs & Fri|
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 seats found on these aircraft are 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.
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.
If you want to see what all the buzz is about, there are just four domestic flights across the two months where you can find American Airlines’ 777-300ERs:
A330 Envoy Suite
While not the newest business class seat in the fleet, the legacy US Airlines A330s are a solid business class product — and certainly more than sufficient for a domestic flight.
Here’s where to find these domestically:
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