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American Airlines’ fleet is frustratingly inconsistent, especially on US domestic routes. Some long domestic routes will lack power outlets and inflight entertainment screens — even in first class. Meanwhile, you can find lie-flat business class seats sold as economy on one-hour flights. So if you’ve got some flexibility in your travels, knowing American Airlines’ fleet schedule can mean getting a superior experience.

The problem is: AA’s fleet schedule varies widely from month to month. So, we here at The Points Guy dig into it regularly 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 a Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum member, here are the ways to fly on American Airlines’ best business class seats without having to bring your passport.

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777-300ER Zodiac

One of the best business class seats in the sky, American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER (77W) is a great way of traveling anywhere. However, 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 on these premium routes are highly sought after.

If you’re looking to try it out with out a passport, you’ve got exactly one option between now and the end of April: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to New York Kennedy (JFK) on March 30, flight #304 departing at 9:32am and arriving at 1:58pm.

777-200: B/E Aerospace Super Diamond or Zodiac Concept D

American Airlines has two different business class seats in its 777-200 fleet — the “rocking” Zodiac Concept D seats and the much-better B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats. Unless you know the tail number and the arrangement of the particular aircraft, you can’t tell these apart from looking at the seat map. 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, both versions are lie-flat business class seats and all of AA’s 777-200s have been retrofit with premium economy. While sold as premium economy on international flights, these seats are labeled as Main Cabin Extra on domestic routes, meaning these seats are free for Platinum, Platinum Pros and Executive Platinum elites. While you won’t get any extra service while sitting in premium economy seats on domestic routes, these seats are a definite upgrade over the rest of the economy cabin.

So, looking for 777-200s on domestic routes is sure to provide a better-than-average first class experience and a better-than-average Main Cabin Extra experience. Here are the routes on which AA is using these aircraft within the 50 US states:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW HNL 5 11:15 15:53 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
DFW HNL 5 11:15 14:54 10-Mar 30-Apr Daily
DFW HNL 123 9:15 13:57 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
DFW HNL 123 9:15 12:53 3-Apr 29-Apr Wed-Mon
DFW KOA 229 11:05 15:38 14-Feb 9-Mar Thurs-Mon
DFW KOA 229 11:05 14:42 10-Mar 1-Apr Wed-Mon
DFW MIA 2206 18:15 21:55 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
DFW MIA 2239 14:30 18:13 14-Feb 2-Mar Daily
DFW MIA 2239 14:30 18:12 4-Mar 1-Apr Daily
DFW MIA 2386 7:18 11:06 14-Feb 28-Feb Daily exc. Fri
DFW MIA 2386 6:20 9:57 15-Feb 22-Feb Friday
DFW MIA 2386 6:20 9:57 1-Mar 1-Mar One off
DFW MIA 2386 7:18 11:06 2-Mar 1-Apr Daily
DFW MIA 2541 17:01 20:47 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
DFW MIA 2550 10:34 14:17 14-Feb 28-Feb Sun-Thurs
DFW MIA 2550 10:34 14:15 3-Mar 7-Mar Daily
DFW MIA 2550 10:34 14:15 11-Mar 12-Mar Daily
DFW MIA 2550 10:34 14:15 18-Mar 27-Mar Mon-Wed
DFW OGG 7 9:15 13:48 15-Feb 23-Feb Fri-Sat
DFW OGG 7 9:15 13:48 1-Mar 31-Mar Thurs-Sun
DFW OGG 7 9:15 12:48 10-Mar 28-Apr Thurs-Sun
DFW OGG 119 11:10 15:45 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
DFW OGG 119 11:10 14:42 10-Mar 30-Apr Daily
HNL DFW 8 18:29 5:45 13-Feb 8-Mar Daily
HNL DFW 8 17:31 5:45 9-Mar 30-Apr Daily
HNL DFW 102 21:05 8:25 13-Feb 8-Mar Daily
HNL DFW 102 20:06 8:25 9-Mar 31-Mar Daily
HNL DFW 102 20:06 8:25 1-Apr 29-Apr Wed-Mon
JFK MIA 243 15:30 18:51 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
JFK MIA 1357 17:27 20:44 16-Feb 30-Mar Saturday
KOA DFW 230 18:43 5:55 14-Feb 8-Mar Thurs-Mon
KOA DFW 230 17:49 5:55 9-Mar 1-Apr Wed-Mon
LAX MIA 1473 8:50 16:42 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
MIA DFW 1335 15:40 17:53 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
MIA DFW 2524 18:45 20:56 14-Feb 14-Feb One off
MIA DFW 2550 15:30 17:42 14-Feb 28-Feb Sun-Thurs
MIA DFW 2550 15:30 17:46 3-Mar 7-Mar Daily
MIA DFW 2550 15:30 17:46 11-Mar 12-Mar Daily
MIA DFW 2550 15:30 17:46 18-Mar 1-Apr Mon-Wed
MIA DFW 2575 7:18 9:34 14-Feb 1-Apr Mon-Fri
MIA DFW 2655 12:20 14:31 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
MIA DFW 2655 12:05 14:20 30-Mar 30-Mar One off
MIA DFW 2719 19:15 21:25 15-Feb 30-Mar Fri-Sat
MIA DFW 2808 9:00 11:16 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
MIA JFK 1199 16:05 19:01 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
MIA JFK 1357 21:45 0:33 16-Feb 23-Mar Saturday
MIA LAX 314 17:30 20:19 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
OGG DFW 6 19:01 6:03 14-Feb 8-Mar Daily
OGG DFW 6 18:01 6:03 9-Mar 30-Apr Daily
OGG DFW 116 21:20 8:25 13-Feb 16-Feb Wed,Fri-Sat
OGG DFW 116 21:20 8:25 22-Feb 23-Feb Daily
OGG DFW 116 21:20 8:25 1-Mar 1-Mar One off
OGG DFW 116 21:19 8:25 2-Mar 28-Apr Thurs-Sun

787-9 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

While American Airlines mostly keeps its fuel-efficient 787-9 Dreamliners on international routes, periodically it will have to position these aircraft between hubs due to scheduling needs. This opens up a golden opportunity to try out AA’s newest business-class seat for yourself.

From February-April 2019, you’ll only find these three-cabin (economy, premium economy, business) aircraft flying a triangle between Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW LAX 2318 17:40 18:58 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
DFW LAX 2354 19:15 20:45 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
DFW ORD 2631 12:30 14:47 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
LAX DFW 2543 14:20 19:18 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
LAX DFW 2733 17:05 22:00 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
LAX ORD 2834 1:30 7:26 29-Mar 30-Mar 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 seats found on these 787s 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 them for free.

A330 Envoy Suite

While not the newest business-class seat in the fleet, the legacy US Airways A330s provide a solid business class product — and certainly more than sufficient for a domestic flight. There’s an important difference to keep in mind through. The Airbus A330-200 have been retrofit with premium economy and Main Cabin Extra, but the Airbus A330-300 aircraft still won’t be retrofit.

Here’s where the premium economy retrofit A330-200 (332) aircraft are flying domestically:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
CLT PHL 1648 20:17 21:57 14-Feb 29-Mar Daily
CLT PHL 2191 16:29 18:16 14-Feb 29-Mar Daily
CLT PHL 2191 16:39 18:33 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
LAX PHL 1799 7:20 15:21 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
MCO PHL 1899 9:01 11:28 14-Feb 31-Mar Daily
MCO PHL 1899 9:01 11:29 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
PHL CLT 563 6:35 8:22 6-Jan 1-Apr Daily
PHL CLT 793 12:45 14:36 14-Feb 31-Mar Daily
PHL CLT 793 12:55 14:47 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
PHL LAX 726 15:35 18:45 14-Feb 8-Mar Daily
PHL LAX 726 16:30 19:31 9-Mar 1-Apr Daily
PHL LAX 726 15:35 18:37 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
PHL MCO 803 18:10 20:48 1-Apr 1-Apr One off
PHL MCO 1919 18:10 20:51 14-Feb 30-Mar Daily
PHL MCO 1919 18:10 20:48 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
PHL SFO 680 15:55 19:20 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
SFO PHL 700 8:10 16:31 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily

Meanwhile, the A330-300s (333) are flying:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
CLT PHL 1648 20:17 21:57 31-Mar 1-Apr Daily
CLT PHX 1678 7:35 10:25 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
CLT PHX 1678 7:35 9:18 10-Mar 1-Apr Daily
HNL PHX 693 22:45 7:32 6-Jan 8-Mar Daily
HNL PHX 693 21:37 6:32 9-Mar 1-Apr Daily
PHX CLT 1696 9:40 15:34 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
PHX CLT 1696 8:40 15:34 10-Mar 2-Apr Daily
PHX HNL 692 12:35 16:31 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
PHX HNL 692 11:35 15:29 10-Mar 1-Apr Daily

787-8: Zodiac Concept D

While it’s certainly not my favorite American Airlines business class product, the lie-flat seats up front on AA’s 787-8 are definitely worth booking over a standard domestic first class seat. And you can try it out on a bunch of routes this winter:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW ORD 149 7:15 9:40 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
DFW ORD 149 6:50 9:09 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
DFW ORD 1294 20:45 22:58 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
DFW ORD 2418 16:35 18:57 14-Feb 31-Mar Daily
DFW ORD 2418 16:35 18:54 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
DFW ORD 2520 18:30 20:45 14-Feb 8-Mar Daily
DFW ORD 2520 19:50 22:04 9-Mar 1-Apr Daily
DFW ORD 2520 18:30 20:48 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
DFW SFO 2248 11:00 12:55 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
DFW SFO 2248 9:00 10:48 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
HNL ORD 74 19:15 7:35 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
HNL ORD 74 17:52 7:00 10-Mar 1-Apr Daily
ORD DFW 1106 10:50 13:20 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
ORD DFW 1625 7:00 9:34 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
ORD DFW 2300 18:55 21:26 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
ORD DFW 2429 15:05 17:30 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
ORD DFW 2501 16:55 19:27 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
ORD HNL 75 10:15 15:51 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
ORD HNL 75 10:15 14:48 10-Mar 1-Apr Daily
ORD PHX 605 7:10 8:56 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
ORD PHX 2238 11:20 14:00 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
ORD PHX 2238 11:22 12:59 10-Mar 1-Apr Daily
PHX ORD 974 10:20 15:45 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
PHX ORD 2410 15:12 19:33 14-Feb 9-Mar Daily
PHX ORD 2410 14:12 19:34 10-Mar 1-Apr Daily
SFO DFW 2248 13:53 19:20 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
SFO DFW 2248 11:54 17:20 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily

767-300

The sixth and final aircraft on the list is American Airlines’ old Boeing 767s. While these are far from the best AA business class seats — actually, these are #6 in our rankings — at least they’ve got lie-flat seats, meaning they’re significantly better than your standard domestic first class options. Here’s where you can find them from February-April:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW JFK 2423 12:36 17:08 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
DFW JFK 2423 12:20 16:59 4-Apr 30-Apr Daily
DFW MIA 2550 10:34 14:19 1-Apr 1-Apr One off
DFW PHL 2423 13:30 18:09 2-Apr 3-Apr Daily
JFK DFW 2234 8:10 11:27 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
JFK MIA 243 15:30 18:59 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
JFK MIA 1571 10:59 14:09 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
JFK MIA 2572 13:29 16:43 14-Feb 31-Mar Thurs,Sun
JFK MIA 2572 13:30 16:44 15-Feb 30-Apr Mon-Wed,Fri-Sat
JFK MIA 2572 13:29 16:43 4-Apr 28-Apr Thurs,Sun
LAS PHL 1876 11:56 19:46 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
MIA JFK 1142 19:06 22:00 14-Feb 1-Apr Daily
MIA JFK 1571 6:59 9:57 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
MIA JFK 2572 17:56 21:00 15-Feb 1-Apr Daily
MIA JFK 2572 18:59 22:01 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
MIA ORD 335 8:40 11:02 6-Jan 1-Apr Daily
MIA PHL 1404 9:00 11:49 2-Apr 2-Apr One off
MIA PHL 2333 19:55 22:44 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
MIA PHL 2570 13:50 16:41 14-Feb 30-Apr Daily
MIA SFO 383 7:30 10:55 1-Mar 1-Apr Fri-Sat
ORD MIA 335 12:15 16:27 6-Jan 1-Apr Daily
PHL LAS 496 8:15 10:51 2-Apr 30-Apr Daily
PHL MIA 195 6:00 8:50 14-Feb 30-Mar Daily
PHL MIA 1114 13:00 15:59 2-Apr 2-Apr One off
PHL MIA 1422 6:00 8:51 31-Mar 31-Mar One off
PHL MIA 1533 9:00 12:10 3-Apr 30-Apr Daily
PHL MIA 1919 6:00 8:51 1-Apr 1-Apr One off
PHL MIA 2595 17:45 20:48 15-Feb 9-Mar Daily
PHL MIA 2595 19:00 22:02 10-Mar 10-Mar One off
PHL MIA 2595 17:45 20:48 11-Mar 30-Apr Daily
PHL SFO 2835 6:55 10:04 4-Apr 29-Apr Sun-Mon,Thur-Fri
SFO MIA 383 12:09 20:40 1-Mar 1-Apr Daily
SFO PHL 2821 11:09 19:40 4-Apr 29-Apr Sun-Mon,Thur-Fri

This is The Points Guy’s permanent page about flying American Airlines’ lie-flat business class products domestically, so you can bookmark it and check back for the latest update. Keep in mind you may see some reader comments referring to older versions below.

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