Top elite American Air flyers to receive priority gate check on regional jet flights

Oct 27, 2019

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If you’ve ever flown on smaller regional jets such as the Bombardier CRJs and Embraer ERJs, you understand an inconvenient truth: your standard carry-on suitcase will not fit into those tiny overhead bins. That means you have to leave your bag on a cart in front of the plane and wait to pick it up when you disembark.

The interior of a Bombardier CRJ900. Photo by Benét J. Wilson / The Points Guy

But now if you have American Airlines AAdvantage® Executive Platinum or ConciergeKey status, the wait to get your bag off an American Eagle flight just got quicker, reports View from the Wing.

Related reading: Exploring the American Airlines ConciergeKey Website

On Nov. 11, 2019, American Airlines will start offering to its elite flyers special yellow tags — dubbed Priority Valet — which will alert ground crew to remove those bags from the aircraft first. It covers American Eagle flights operated by CRJ-200/700/900 and Embraer 140/145 aircraft, reports View from the Wing.

American Airlines does not release any details about its exclusive ConciergeKey status program, but this TPG story outlines what members receive including: dedicated customer service phone lines; Flagship check-in Chicago O’Hare (ORD), London Heathrow (LHR), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA) and New York-JFK; a car ride to help you meet tight connections; a free Admirals Club airport lounge membership; top-priority upgraded and preboarding; and invitations to exclusive events.

AAdvantage Executive Platinum member benefits include: four one-way systemwide upgrades; complimentary auto-requested upgrades; 100-hour upgrade window; 120% elite mileage bonus; complimentary Main Cabin Extra and preferred seats; and three free checked bags.

Featured image by Eric Salard / Flickr

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