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American Airlines’ fleet is frustratingly inconsistent, especially on US domestic routes. Some long domestic routes will lack power outlets and in-flight 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, the good news is that the aircraft is returning to domestic routes on May 3 with cross-country flights between Miami (MIA) and Los Angeles (LAX):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
LAX MIA 1297 13:15 21:10 3-May 5-Jun Daily
LAX MIA 1297 13:20 21:29 7-Jun 30-Jun Daily
MIA LAX 277 6:40 8:46 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
MIA LAX 1228 9:05 11:38 3-May 5-Jun Daily

These flights are being sold as three-cabin flights: first class, business class and economy. Premium economy seats are available to economy passengers as Main Cabin Extra seats — meaning these seats are free for Platinum, Platinum Pros and Executive Platinum elites.

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 14:50 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
DFW HNL 123 9:15 12:53 3-Apr 19-May Daily exc. Tues
DFW HNL 123 9:15 12:41 20-May 30-Jun Daily
DFW KOA 229 11:20 14:13 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
DFW MIA 317 16:45 20:44 7-Jun 7-Jun One-Off
DFW MIA 797 11:00 14:59 3-May 5-Jun Daily
DFW MIA 1219 16:40 20:30 3-May 30-Jun Daily
DFW MIA 2206 18:15 21:55 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
DFW MIA 2239 14:25 18:24 6-Jun 6-Jun One-Off
DFW MIA 2386 7:00 10:56 7-Jun 30-Jun Daily
DFW MIA 2541 17:01 20:47 2-Apr 2-May Daily
DFW OGG 7 9:15 12:42 4-Apr 2-May Thurs-Sun
DFW OGG 7 9:10 12:25 3-May 11-May Fri-Sat
DFW OGG 7 9:10 12:25 17-May 3-Jun Thurs-Mon
DFW OGG 7 9:10 12:12 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
DFW OGG 119 11:10 14:37 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
HNL DFW 8 17:28 5:45 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
HNL DFW 102 20:06 8:25 1-Apr 2-May Daily exc. Tues
HNL DFW 102 19:45 8:09 3-May 19-May Daily exc. Tues
HNL DFW 102 19:45 8:09 20-May 30-Jun Daily
JFK MIA 243 15:30 18:51 2-Apr 2-May Daily
JFK MIA 243 15:59 19:27 4-May 30-Jun Daily
KOA DFW 230 17:44 6:07 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
LAX MIA 115 8:11 16:18 3-May 3-May One-Off
LAX MIA 1473 8:50 16:49 2-Apr 2-May Daily
MIA DFW 408 10:40 12:51 3-May 3-May One-Off
MIA DFW 1335 15:40 17:53 2-Apr 2-May Daily
MIA DFW 2239 10:54 12:59 6-Jun 6-Jun One-Off
MIA DFW 2469 17:15 19:28 3-May 5-Jun Daily
MIA DFW 2567 12:00 13:59 7-Jun 30-Jun Daily
MIA DFW 2575 7:16 9:25 3-May 30-Jun Daily
MIA DFW 2808 9:00 11:16 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
MIA JFK 1199 16:05 19:01 2-Apr 5-Jun Daily
MIA JFK 1199 15:41 18:52 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
MIA LAX 314 17:30 20:16 2-Apr 2-May Daily
OGG DFW 6 18:02 6:03 2-Apr 2-May Daily
OGG DFW 6 17:55 5:59 3-May 19-May Daily
OGG DFW 6 17:55 5:59 20-May 3-Jun Thurs-Mon
OGG DFW 6 17:55 6:12 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
OGG DFW 116 20:19 8:25 4-Apr 28-Apr Thurs-Sun
OGG DFW 116 20:19 8:25 2-May 2-May One-Off
OGG DFW 116 20:00 8:07 3-May 11-May Fri-Sat
OGG DFW 116 20:00 8:07 17-May 30-Jun Daily

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 April-June 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 2354 19:15 20:40 2-Apr 5-Jun Daily
DFW LAX 2459 14:40 15:55 3-May 5-Jun Mon-Fri
DFW LAX 2460 15:30 16:43 5-May 19-May Sunday
DFW LAX 2460 15:30 16:43 2-Jun 2-Jun One-Off
DFW LAX 2777 18:45 19:52 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
DFW ORD 82 12:45 15:05 3-May 5-Jun Daily
DFW ORD 2412 12:25 14:52 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily exc. Sat
DFW ORD 2412 12:35 14:59 8-Jun 29-Jun Saturday
DFW ORD 2631 12:30 14:47 2-Apr 2-May Daily
LAX DFW 317 14:05 19:11 6-Jun 6-Jun One-Off
LAX DFW 354 17:50 22:43 3-May 10-May Mon-Fri
LAX DFW 354 17:50 22:43 13-May 24-May Daily exc. Sat
LAX DFW 354 17:50 22:43 27-May 5-Jun Daily exc. Sat
LAX DFW 2250 14:05 19:05 5-Jun 5-Jun One-Off
LAX DFW 2543 14:20 19:17 2-Apr 4-Jun Daily
LAX DFW 2543 13:30 18:38 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
LAX DFW 2733 17:50 22:43 5-May 12-May Sunday
ORD DFW 312 20:30 22:51 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
ORD DFW 2300 18:55 21:27 2-Apr 2-May Daily
ORD DFW 2300 18:25 20:51 3-May 26-May Daily
ORD DFW 2300 18:25 20:51 27-May 4-Jun Daily exc. Thurs
ORD DFW 2738 22:09 0:26 30-May 5-Jun Wed-Thurs

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.

The good news is that — from April-June — only the premium economy retrofit A330-200 (332) aircraft are flying domestically:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
CLT PHL 2191 16:39 18:33 2-Apr 2-May Daily
LAX PHL 1799 7:20 15:28 2-Apr 2-May Daily
LAX PHL 1799 8:00 16:24 3-May 30-Jun Daily
MCO CLT 461 8:16 10:06 3-May 3-May One-Off
MCO PHL 1899 9:01 11:29 2-Apr 2-May Daily
PHL CLT 793 12:55 14:47 2-Apr 2-May Daily
PHL LAX 726 15:35 18:37 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
PHL MCO 1919 18:10 20:48 2-Apr 2-May Daily
PHL SFO 680 15:55 19:07 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
SFO PHL 700 8:06 16:31 2-Apr 30-Jun 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 numerous routes this spring — including between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Anchorage (ANC):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
ANC DFW 399 20:15 5:26 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
DFW ANC 399 15:10 18:42 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
DFW ORD 149 6:50 9:09 2-Apr 2-May Daily
DFW ORD 1258 12:10 14:29 3-May 5-Jun Daily
DFW ORD 1258 11:30 13:59 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
DFW ORD 1294 20:45 23:00 2-Apr 2-May Daily
DFW ORD 1463 17:00 19:27 3-May 26-May Daily
DFW ORD 1463 17:00 19:27 27-May 2-Jun Daily exc. Wed
DFW ORD 1463 17:00 19:27 3-Jun 5-Jun Mon-Wed
DFW ORD 1463 17:00 19:31 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
DFW ORD 2418 16:35 18:54 2-Apr 2-May Daily
DFW ORD 2520 18:30 20:48 2-Apr 2-May Daily
DFW SFO 2248 9:00 10:48 2-Apr 2-May Daily
ORD DFW 830 17:37 20:01 3-May 30-Jun Daily
ORD DFW 1106 10:50 13:18 2-Apr 2-May Daily
ORD DFW 1408 13:20 15:46 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
ORD DFW 1625 7:05 9:30 2-Apr 2-May Daily
ORD DFW 2429 15:05 17:30 2-Apr 2-May Daily
ORD DFW 2501 16:55 19:20 2-Apr 2-May Daily
ORD DFW 2754 13:22 15:51 3-May 26-May Daily
ORD DFW 2754 13:22 15:51 27-May 2-Jun Daily exc. Wed
ORD DFW 2754 13:22 15:51 3-Jun 5-Jun Mon-Wed
ORD PHX 605 7:10 8:56 2-Apr 2-May Daily
PHX ORD 974 10:20 15:45 2-Apr 2-May Daily
SFO DFW 2248 11:54 17:20 2-Apr 2-May 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 April-June:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW JFK 2423 12:20 16:59 4-Apr 2-May Daily
DFW PHL 792 10:15 14:29 3-May 3-May One-Off
DFW PHL 808 14:45 19:09 3-May 5-Jun Daily
JFK DFW 2234 8:10 11:18 2-Apr 2-May Daily
JFK MIA 243 15:59 19:32 3-May 3-May One-Off
JFK MIA 291 12:59 16:12 3-May 30-Jun Daily
JFK MIA 1571 10:59 14:08 2-Apr 2-May Daily
JFK MIA 2572 13:30 16:44 2-Apr 2-May Daily
LAS MIA 1368 12:18 20:07 3-May 30-Jun Daily
LAS PHL 437 8:10 16:02 4-May 6-Jun Daily
LAS PHL 1876 11:56 19:46 2-Apr 2-May Daily
MIA JFK 54 8:55 11:52 3-May 5-Jun Daily
MIA JFK 291 8:49 11:52 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
MIA JFK 1571 6:56 9:57 2-Apr 2-May Daily
MIA JFK 2572 18:59 22:01 2-Apr 1-May Daily
MIA LAS 1368 8:46 11:06 3-May 30-Jun Daily
MIA PHL 1623 6:56 9:47 4-May 30-Jun Daily
MIA PHL 2333 19:55 22:50 3-Mar 30-Jun Daily
MIA PHL 2570 13:50 16:42 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
PHL DFW 792 6:45 9:18 3-May 3-May One-Off
PHL DFW 2562 11:15 13:50 3-May 3-May One-Off
PHL DFW 2562 10:45 13:28 4-May 5-Jun Daily
PHL LAS 496 8:15 10:51 2-Apr 2-May Daily
PHL LAS 589 17:50 20:15 3-May 5-Jun Daily
PHL MIA 1533 9:00 12:10 3-Apr 2-May Daily
PHL MIA 1623 10:49 13:50 6-Jun 30-Jun Daily
PHL MIA 2571 15:35 18:49 4-May 30-Jun Daily
PHL MIA 2595 17:45 20:49 2-Apr 30-Jun Daily
PHL MIA 2665 10:50 13:56 3-May 5-Jun Daily
PHL SFO 2835 6:55 10:04 4-Apr 2-May Thurs-Fri,Sun-Mon
SFO PHL 2821 11:09 19:40 4-Apr 2-May Thurs-Fri,Sun-Mon

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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