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Where you can fly the best lie-flat seats domestically in October

Sept. 25, 2020
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Where you can fly the best lie-flat seats domestically in October
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There's something thrilling about flying in a lie-flat business-class seat for a short domestic flight.

Typically, these top-notch cabins are reserved exclusively for long-haul international flights. After all, in most domestic markets, airlines don't see the demand for flying a wide-body plane that seats more than 300 people, like the Boeing 777.

Yet every so often, you'll find these twin-aisle jets flying on domestic routes. For one, they've long been a staple on premium transcontinental hops from the New York area to Los Angeles and San Francisco. But U.S. carriers often use wide-bodies on even shorter flights during downtime between international flights (or for extra cargo capacity).

An American Airlines Boeing 777 (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

And now with most long-haul flying suspended due to COVID, these jets have even more downtime than before. Although carriers like American and Delta are retiring a slew of wide-body planes, there are still plenty of domestic routes operated by internationally-configured planes.

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Aside from the thrill, flying on a wide-body plane is a great social distancing strategy. In the business- or first-class cabin, American, Delta and United all offer fully-flat beds. Most seats are in a pod-configuration with direct aisle access – far from other neighbors.

Additionally, many of these planes feature a premium economy cabin. However, the airlines don't typically sell the premium economy cabin as a separate fare option for domestic flights. Instead, you can purchase one of these seats for the same cost as an extra-legroom coach seat. (Top-tier elites usually can assign them for free.)

Related: The best premium cabins for onboard social distancing

Not a bad deal considering that the premium economy seat is essentially the same as a standard domestic first-class recliner.

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Delta Premium Select (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The coach experience on a wide-body is generally above-average. With many flights operating well below capacity, there's a high likelihood that you'll have an empty seat nearby. Plus, airlines outfit their wide-body planes with the best onboard entertainment options — expect seat-back screens loaded with movies, TV shows and more. (Just note that some wide-body economy-class cabins are actually densified compared to the narrow-body equivalent, like United's ten-abreast coach configuration.)

So, I bet you're wondering how to score this long-haul experience on a domestic flight. Well, thanks to October 2020 schedule data from Cirium, you'll find the answer below.

We've listed the routes that are currently scheduled to be operated by wide-body planes by U.S. carriers. Note that you should always double-check the aircraft type before booking — and in the days leading up to departure, too. Airlines are notorious for making last-minute equipment swaps, especially right now because of all the pandemic-related schedule uncertainty.

This analysis only includes flights operated by twin-aisle planes. Delta and United both operate internationally-configured versions of the Boeing 757. (American retired theirs earlier in the pandemic.) This single-aisle airliner sports lie-flats in biz, but the seats aren't the carriers' flagship products.

How to tell if your flight is operated by a wide-body plane

Due to frequently changing demand, airline schedules have been in flux right up until the day of departure. As such, there's no way to guarantee that your flight will be operated by a wide-body plane until you actually board.

But the steps below will allow you to determine if your flight is scheduled to be operated by a wide-body:

  1. Find your desired route in the below charts and note the flight number.
  2. Use Google Flights, the airline website or another flight search tool to look up the route and flight on your desired date of travel.
  3. Check the plane type and seat map before booking.
  4. If you see the plane type listed below (as well as two aisles on the seat map), then your desired flight is scheduled to be operated by a wide-body plane.

Note that not every flight listed below will be operated by a wide-body plane on a daily basis. Some are daily, but many others are once-weekly or only on certain days of the week. Be sure to double-check the above steps before booking.

Related: Guide to finding the plane you’re flying on

Domestic flights operated by wide-body planes

American

OriginDestinationFlight number(s)Aircraft type(s)Frequency
CLTMIA2880Boeing 777-200Daily
DFWHNL5Boeing 777-200, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerDaily
DFWLAX1085, 1910, 2345Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerNot daily
DFWMIA1217, 1246, 1287, 2205, 2550, 2686Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerNot daily
DFWOGG119Boeing 777-200Daily
DFWORD1258Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily (except for Oct. 8)
HNLDFW8, 102Boeing 777-200, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerDaily
LAXDFW1244, 2348, 2460Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerNot daily
LAXMIA1297, 1473, 1473Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300Not daily
LAXORD2431Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerNot daily
MIACLT2358Boeing 777-200Daily
MIADFW250, 757, 2469, 2550, 2575, 2902Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerNot daily
MIALAX314, 1061, 1061, 2278Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerNot daily
MIAORD335Boeing 777-200Not daily
MIAPHL376, 1161Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerNot daily
OGGDFW6, 116Boeing 777-200Not daily
ORDDFW244, 833Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily (except for Oct. 24)
ORDLAX1375Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerNot daily
ORDMIA1135, 1277Boeing 777-200Not daily
ORDPHL592, 1466Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerNot daily
PHLMIA304, 1533Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerNot daily
PHLORD873, 2608Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerNot daily

Delta

OriginDestinationFlight number(s)Aircraft type(s)Frequency
ATLJFK44, 422, 426Airbus A330-300, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400Daily
ATLLAS460, 814, 836Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400Daily
ATLLAX335, 352Airbus A350-900Not daily
ATLSAN793Boeing 767-300Not daily
ATLSEA334, 355, 482Airbus A330-300, Airbus A350-900, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400Daily, except for flight 482
ATLSLC849, 858Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400Daily
DTWLAX885Airbus A350-900Once during the month (Oct. 23)
JFKATL45, 417, 424, 709Airbus A330-300, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400Not daily
JFKLAX302, 309, 313, 315, 326Boeing 767-300Not daily
JFKSLC765Boeing 767-300Not daily
LASATL836, 863, 870, 877Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400Daily
LAXJFK319, 323, 324, 328, 392Boeing 767-300Not daily
SANATL831Boeing 767-300Not daily
SEAATL347, 356, 359, 364, 364Airbus A330-300, Airbus A350-900, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400Not daily
SLCATL856, 906Boeing 767-300, Boeing 767-400Daily
SLCJFK772Boeing 767-300Not daily

Hawaiian

OriginDestinationFlight number(s)Aircraft type(s)Frequency
BOSHNL89Airbus A330-200Not daily
HNLBOS90Airbus A330-200Not daily
HNLJFK50Airbus A330-200Not daily
HNLLAS6, 8, 18Airbus A330-200Not daily
HNLLAX2, 4, 10Airbus A330-200Daily
HNLPHX36Airbus A330-200Not daily
HNLSAN16Airbus A330-200Not daily
HNLSEA22Airbus A330-200Daily
HNLSFO12Airbus A330-200Not daily
JFKHNL51Airbus A330-200Not daily
LASHNL5, 7, 17Airbus A330-200Not daily
LAXHNL1, 3, 9Airbus A330-200Daily
LAXOGG33Airbus A330-200Not daily
OGGLAX34Airbus A330-200Not daily
PHXHNL35Airbus A330-200Not daily
SANHNL15Airbus A330-200Not daily
SEAHNL21Airbus A330-200Daily
SFOHNL11Airbus A330-200Not daily

United

OriginDestinationFlight number(s)Aircraft type(s)Frequency
DENHNL328Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily
DENIAH825Boeing 777-200Daily
DENORD248, 500Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300Daily
EWRIAH1235Boeing 767-300, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerDaily
EWRLAX275, 554Boeing 767-300, Boeing 787-10 DreamlinerDaily
EWRORD1180Boeing 777-300Not daily
EWRSFO732, 748, 1848Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-10 DreamlinerDaily
EWRSJU205, 434Boeing 777-200Not daily
HNLDEN383Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily
HNLIAH252Boeing 767-300Not daily
HNLLAX534Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily
HNLORD218Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily
HNLSFO1575Boeing 777-200Daily
IADLAX719Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily
IADSFO2435Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerDaily
IAHDEN1811Boeing 777-200Daily
IAHEWR1768Boeing 767-300, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerDaily
IAHHNL253Boeing 767-300Not daily
IAHSFO2372Boeing 777-200, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerNot daily
LAXEWR1165, 2304Boeing 767-300, Boeing 787-10 DreamlinerDaily
LAXHNL1431Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily
LAXIAD1521Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily
ORDDEN407, 2465Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300Daily
ORDEWR660, 2178Boeing 777-300Not daily
ORDHNL219Boeing 787-8 DreamlinerDaily
ORDSFO305Boeing 777-200, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerDaily
SFOEWR569, 2160, 2244Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-10 DreamlinerDaily
SFOHNL2380Boeing 777-200Daily
SFOIAD387Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerDaily
SFOIAH1611Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerNot daily
SFOORD1726Boeing 777-200, Boeing 787-9 DreamlinerDaily
SJUEWR590, 1173Boeing 777-200Not daily

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