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American Airlines is in the process of revolutionizing its fleet — both in good ways and bad — and that means its planes can still be frustratingly inconsistent, especially on US domestic routes. Some long 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. So if you’ve got some flexibility in 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 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.

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

American Airlines has three versions of the 777-200 in its fleet — some with “rocking” Zodiac Concept D seats and others with new B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats. All but 12 of these have been retrofit with premium economy. 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, the good news is that all three versions have some form of lie-flat business class seat. 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 within the 50 US states:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW HNL 5 11:15 14:44 Apr-1 Jun-30 Daily
DFW HNL 123 9:10 12:54 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
DFW HNL 123 9:15 12:45 Apr-4 May-13 Daily (ex. Tues)
DFW HNL 123 9:15 12:44 May-14 Jun-30 Daily
DFW KOA 229 11:10 14:06 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
DFW MIA 1289 17:05 20:45 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
DFW MIA 222 15:55 19:40 Apr-2 Apr-2 One-time
DFW MIA 1294 16:55 20:43 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
DFW MIA 222 15:55 19:42 Apr-23 Apr-23 One-time
DFW MIA 1209 17:05 20:54 May-4 Jun-6 Daily
DFW MIA 222 15:55 19:45 May-14 May-14 One-time
DFW MIA 222 15:55 19:45 Jun-4 Jun-4 One-time
DFW MIA 1219 17:00 20:53 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
DFW MIA 2206 18:35 22:28 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
DFW MIA 2487 10:25 14:14 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
DFW OGG 119 11:10 14:41 Apr-1 Jun-30 Daily
DFW OGG 7 9:15 12:32 Apr-5 Jun-4 Thurs-Mon
DFW OGG 7 9:15 12:13 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
HNL DFW 102 20:05 8:29 Apr-1 Jun-30 Daily
HNL DFW 8 17:20 5:44 Apr-4 May-13 Daily (ex. Tues)
HNL DFW 8 17:20 5:44 May-14 Jun-30 Daily
JFK DFW 1223 14:55 17:55 Apr-3 Apr-3 One-time
KOA DFW 230 17:43 6:06 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
LAX MIA 1473 9:45 18:05 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MIA DFW 969 11:00 13:25 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
MIA DFW 2808 9:10 11:24 Apr-3 Jun-30 Daily
MIA DFW 222 10:15 12:27 Apr-4 Apr-4 One-time
MIA DFW 222 10:15 12:27 Apr-25 Apr-25 One-time
MIA DFW 2622 18:40 20:51 May-4 May-4 One-time
MIA DFW 222 10:15 12:23 May-16 May-16 One-time
MIA DFW 222 10:15 12:23 Jun-6 Jun-6 One-time
MIA DFW 2487 15:35 17:36 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MIA DFW 2575 7:00 9:01 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MIA JFK 222 8:45 11:41 May-4 May-4 One-time
MIA LAX 396 17:50 20:19 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MIA LAX 1508 6:00 8:25 Jun-7 Jun-7 One-time
OGG DFW 116 20:30 8:32 Apr-1 Apr-1 Thurs-Sun
OGG DFW 6 17:50 5:49 Apr-1 Jun-30 Daily
OGG DFW 116 20:00 8:13 Apr-5 Jun-4 Thurs-Mon
OGG DFW 116 19:59 8:18 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily

787-9 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

While American Airlines mostly keeps its efficient 787-9 Dreamliners on international routes, 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.

In April-June, you’ll only find these three-cabin (economy, premium economy, business) aircraft flying between Dallas (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW LAX 2489 18:50 20:22 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
DFW LAX 1281 18:55 20:23 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
DFW LAX 2489 18:55 20:26 May-4 Jun-6 Daily
DFW LAX 1408 19:10 20:22 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
LAX DFW 2459 14:10 19:18 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
LAX DFW 2462 14:25 19:29 Apr-4 Jun-6 Daily
LAX DFW 2543 14:10 19:17 Jun-7 Jun-30 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 Airlines A330s provide a solid business class product — and certainly more than sufficient for a domestic flight. Here’s where to find them domestically:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
CLT MCO 1870 17:54 19:39 Apr-28 Apr-28 One-time
CLT PHL 559 16:35 18:23 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
CLT PHL 1798 20:24 22:04 Apr-2 Apr-2 One-time
CLT PHX 692 7:34 9:25 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
HNL PHX 693 21:30 6:27 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
LAX PHL 670 8:15 16:34 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
LAX PHL 2083 8:25 16:54 Apr-3 Jun-6 Daily
LAX PHL 1799 8:10 16:38 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MCO CLT 1725 10:23 12:10 Apr-29 Apr-29 One-time
MCO PHL 562 9:30 11:57 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
MCO PHL 1879 9:25 11:51 Apr-3 Apr-3 One-time
PHL CLT 566 13:05 14:53 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
PHL LAX 751 15:45 18:57 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
PHL LAX 700 15:50 18:54 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
PHL LAX 726 15:40 18:43 May-4 Jun-6 Daily
PHL LAX 841 15:35 18:31 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
PHL MCO 1786 18:15 21:04 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
PHL SFO 771 16:10 19:30 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
PHL SFO 1977 15:50 19:05 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
PHL SFO 833 15:50 19:01 May-4 Jun-6 Daily
PHL SFO 800 15:55 19:04 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
PHX CLT 743 8:49 15:50 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
PHX HNL 692 11:05 15:05 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
PHX PHL 766 9:00 16:36 Apr-3 Apr-3 One-time
SFO PHL 770 8:20 16:43 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
SFO PHL 1984 8:30 16:59 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
SFO PHL 880 8:42 17:10 May-4 Jun-6 Daily
SFO PHL 700 8:34 17:04 Jun-7 Jun-30 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 at least daily between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW ORD 1258 11:45 13:59 Apr-1 May-3 Daily
DFW ORD 1233 12:35 14:52 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
DFW ORD 2467 18:50 21:12 Apr-1 Apr-1 Daily
DFW ORD 1156 16:50 19:16 Apr-2 Apr-2 One-time
DFW ORD 1258 11:49 14:05 May-4 Jun-6 Daily (ex. Sat)
DFW ORD 1619 8:00 10:17 May-4 May-4 One-time
DFW ORD 2332 7:00 9:28 May-5 May-5 One-time
DFW ORD 1258 11:45 14:03 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
ORD DFW 2375 18:30 20:59 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
ORD DFW 2349 17:09 19:40 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
ORD DFW 2331 12:20 14:47 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
ORD DFW 2331 15:10 17:37 Apr-1 Apr-1 One-time
ORD DFW 1611 7:00 9:32 Apr-4 May-3 Daily
ORD DFW 1611 7:00 9:27 May-4 Jun-6 Daily (ex. Sat)
ORD DFW 1625 7:09 9:30 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily

767-300

The fifth 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 rank #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
CLT MIA 1234 9:55 12:13 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
DFW KOA 229 10:50 14:32 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily (ex. Tues)
DFW LIH 267 11:25 15:41 Apr-1 Apr-1 Thurs-Sun
DFW MIA 1462 12:35 16:17 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
DFW MIA 1057 14:35 18:31 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
DFW MIA 2336 7:15 11:10 Apr-3 Apr-3 One-time
DFW MIA 2427 10:25 14:12 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
DFW PHL 2748 20:35 0:41 Apr-2 Apr-2 One-time
DFW PHL 2748 7:30 11:47 Apr-3 Apr-3 One-time
JFK MIA 369 15:30 18:59 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
JFK MIA 65 15:30 18:53 Apr-3 Jun-6 Daily
JFK MIA 942 11:05 14:11 Apr-3 Jun-6 Daily
JFK MIA 243 15:30 18:58 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
JFK MIA 1571 11:05 14:14 Jun-8 Jun-30 Fri-Mon
KOA DFW 230 17:40 6:05 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily (exp. Tues)
LAS MIA 2746 12:35 20:18 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
LIH DFW 274 17:30 6:12 Apr-1 Apr-1 Thurs-Sun
MIA CLT 348 6:40 8:49 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
MIA DFW 2427 17:35 20:02 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
MIA DFW 2455 11:00 13:21 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
MIA DFW 263 7:00 9:17 Apr-4 May-3 Daily
MIA JFK 391 13:05 16:04 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
MIA JFK 942 7:00 10:01 Apr-3 Jun-6 Daily
MIA JFK 2458 19:35 22:41 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
MIA JFK 1167 19:25 22:26 May-4 Jun-6 Daily
MIA JFK 1142 19:30 22:36 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MIA JFK 1571 7:00 9:58 Jun-8 Jun-30 Fri-Mon
MIA LAS 1470 8:45 11:16 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
MIA ORD 1090 13:50 16:16 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
MIA ORD 2439 10:05 12:31 Apr-3 Jun-6 Daily
MIA ORD 2796 10:05 12:21 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MIA PHL 320 13:40 16:30 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
MIA PHL 196 16:00 18:56 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
MIA PHL 1266 6:50 9:41 Apr-3 Jun-6 Daily
MIA PHL 2626 13:35 16:29 Apr-3 Jun-6 Daily
MIA PHL 1596 16:20 19:11 May-4 May-4 One-time
MIA PHL 376 15:35 18:31 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MIA PHL 1623 6:55 9:42 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
MIA PHL 2570 13:57 16:59 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
ORD MIA 342 17:19 21:23 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
ORD MIA 2439 13:47 18:01 Apr-3 Jun-6 Daily
ORD MIA 2796 13:42 17:55 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
PHL MIA 97 17:40 20:43 Apr-1 Apr-2 Daily
PHL MIA 2582 10:45 13:48 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
PHL MIA 2785 15:35 18:41 Apr-3 May-3 Daily
PHL MIA 2683 17:45 20:55 Apr-4 Jun-6 Daily
PHL MIA 1478 14:15 17:12 May-4 May-4 One-time
PHL MIA 2582 10:45 13:49 May-4 Jun-6 Daily
PHL MIA 2595 17:45 20:54 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
PHL MIA 2665 10:45 13:47 Jun-7 Jun-30 Daily
PHL MIA 2571 15:35 18:45 Jun-8 Jun-30 Daily

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