How to fly AA’s best lie-flat business-class seats without needing a passport

Dec 8, 2019

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American Airlines’ fleet is frustratingly inconsistent, especially on U.S. 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 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

As 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 without a passport, the good news is that the aircraft returned to domestic routes earlier this year. In December, you’ll mostly find this aircraft operating on cross-country flights between Miami (MIA) and Los Angeles (LAX), but there are also some one-off flights between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Miami:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
LAX MIA 1297 13:00 20:45 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MIA LAX 277 8:45 11:25 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW MIA 2386 7:04 10:50 21-Dec 22-Dec Sat-Sun
MIA DFW 2567 12:00 14:05 21-Dec 22-Dec Sat-Sun

Spot-checking these flights, AA isn’t selling premium economy as a separate cabin. Instead, 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. You can’t tell these apart from looking at the seat map. And, even if you do book a particular version, equipment changes mean 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 and flights to/from Hawaii, these seats are labeled as Main Cabin Extra on mainland domestic routes. That means that 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 mainland 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 U.S.:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW HNL 5 11:20 15:58 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW HNL 123 9:25 14:09 18-Dec 22-Dec Daily (exc. 12/25)
DFW HNL 123 12:45 17:24 25-Dec 25-Dec One-off
DFW HNL 123 9:25 14:09 1-Jan 6-Jan Daily
DFW KOA 229 11:10 15:54 18-Dec 31-Dec Daily
DFW KOA 229 10:56 15:40 1-Jan 6-Jan Daily
DFW KOA 229 10:56 15:41 9-Jan 10-Feb Thurs-Mon
DFW KOA 229 11:15 15:55 13-Feb 29-Feb Thurs-Mon
DFW LAS 2238 7:05 8:01 4-Jan 6-Jan Sat-Mon
DFW LAS 2920 7:05 8:02 7-Jan 12-Jan Daily
DFW LAX 1085 10:35 12:04 30-Jan 30-Jan One-off
DFW LAX 1085 10:50 12:25 16-Feb 24-Feb Sun-Mon
DFW MIA 268 11:00 14:47 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW MIA 1042 5:00 8:37 3-Feb 3-Feb One-off
DFW MIA 1219 16:45 20:27 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW MIA 1219 17:00 20:44 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW MIA 1219 17:10 20:54 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
DFW MIA 1219 17:00 20:47 18-Feb 26-Feb Tues-Wed
DFW MIA 1276 9:00 12:45 4-Feb 11-Feb Tuesdays
DFW MIA 1292 11:00 14:49 13-Feb 29-Feb Thurs-Mon
DFW MIA 1508 8:56 12:44 18-Feb 25-Feb Tuesdays
DFW MIA 2200 16:30 20:13 11-Feb 11-Feb One-off
DFW MIA 2239 14:35 18:17 31-Jan 5-Feb Fri,Mon,Wed
DFW MIA 2239 14:18 18:01 19-Feb 26-Feb Wednesdays
DFW MIA 2386 7:00 10:41 5-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW MIA 2386 7:04 10:50 18-Dec 20-Dec Wed-Fri
DFW MIA 2386 7:04 10:50 23-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW MIA 2386 6:00 9:38 31-Jan 31-Jan One-off
DFW MIA 2447 20:00 23:40 30-Jan 30-Jan One-off
DFW MIA 2550 10:55 14:40 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW MIA 2550 10:25 14:06 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
DFW OGG 7 9:05 13:43 18-Dec 22-Dec Daily
DFW OGG 7 9:05 13:43 23-Dec 6-Jan Daily (exc. 12/25)
DFW OGG 7 12:40 17:11 25-Dec 25-Dec One-off
DFW OGG 7 9:15 13:49 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
DFW OGG 7 9:15 13:54 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
DFW OGG 119 11:15 15:44 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW OGG 119 11:20 15:58 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW OGG 119 11:20 15:53 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
DFW OGG 585 14:55 19:25 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
HNL DFW 8 18:20 5:35 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
HNL DFW 102 20:30 7:51 18-Dec 29-Dec Wed-Mon
HNL DFW 102 22:10 9:34 24-Dec 24-Dec One-off
HNL DFW 102 20:30 7:51 30-Dec 6-Jan Daily
JFK MIA 243 15:30 18:47 5-Dec 17-Dec Daily
JFK MIA 243 14:45 18:04 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
JFK MIA 243 17:29 20:45 31-Jan 31-Jan One-off
JFK MIA 243 17:30 20:46 3-Feb 3-Feb One-off
JFK MIA 1165 9:15 12:29 31-Jan 3-Feb Mon,Fri
JFK MIA 1571 10:30 13:41 21-Dec 28-Dec Saturdays
JFK MIA 1571 10:30 13:41 4-Jan 4-Jan One-off
JFK MIA 2572 13:00 16:11 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
KOA DFW 230 18:00 5:00 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
KOA DFW 230 18:00 5:01 9-Jan 31-Jan Thurs-Mon
KOA DFW 230 18:20 5:21 1-Feb 13-Feb Thurs-Mon
KOA DFW 230 18:00 5:01 14-Feb 29-Feb Thurs-Mon
LAS DFW 1552 14:00 18:43 7-Jan 12-Jan Daily
LAS DFW 2239 14:00 18:45 4-Jan 5-Jan Sat-Sun
LAS DFW 2239 13:25 18:07 6-Jan 6-Jan One-off
LAX DFW 1043 13:35 18:33 16-Feb 24-Feb Sun-Mon
LAX DFW 1953 13:55 18:53 3-Feb 3-Feb One-off
LAX MIA 1297 13:03 20:50 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
LAX MIA 1297 13:04 20:51 30-Jan 3-Feb Thurs,Fri,Mon
MIA DFW 1151 22:20 0:29 30-Jan 30-Jan One-off
MIA DFW 1226 5:30 7:42 1-Feb 6-Feb Sat, Thurs
MIA DFW 1226 5:30 7:45 4-Feb 4-Feb One-off
MIA DFW 2447 20:30 22:43 3-Feb 3-Feb One-off
MIA DFW 2567 12:00 14:06 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MIA DFW 2567 12:00 14:12 18-Dec 20-Dec Wed-Fri
MIA DFW 2567 12:00 14:12 23-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MIA DFW 2567 11:13 13:35 31-Jan 3-Feb Mon,Fri
MIA DFW 2567 11:34 13:50 13-Feb 16-Feb Thurs-Sun
MIA DFW 2567 11:34 13:50 17-Feb 29-Feb Daily (exc. Thurs)
MIA DFW 2575 7:10 9:21 2-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MIA DFW 2575 7:10 9:26 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MIA DFW 2575 7:10 9:27 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
MIA DFW 2575 7:10 9:27 19-Feb 27-Feb Wed-Thurs
MIA DFW 2808 9:10 11:17 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MIA DFW 2808 9:00 11:15 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MIA DFW 2808 9:15 11:28 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
MIA DFW 2907 5:30 7:45 11-Feb 11-Feb One-off
MIA DFW 2924 10:00 12:13 19-Feb 26-Feb Wednesdays
MIA JFK 251 13:39 16:30 31-Jan 3-Feb Mon,Fri
MIA JFK 279 14:42 17:29 21-Dec 21-Dec One-off
MIA JFK 279 15:00 17:49 28-Dec 28-Dec One-off
MIA JFK 279 15:00 17:49 4-Jan 4-Jan One-off
MIA JFK 771 22:42 1:33 31-Jan 3-Feb Mon,Fri
MIA JFK 774 8:45 11:36 21-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MIA JFK 1199 17:00 19:51 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MIA JFK 1199 16:15 19:08 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MIA JFK 1571 8:45 11:36 18-Dec 20-Dec Wed-Fri
MIA LAX 813 8:25 11:08 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MIA LAX 878 9:45 12:26 3-Feb 3-Feb One-off
MIA LAX 1228 8:45 11:29 31-Jan 3-Feb Mon,Fri
MIA ORD 335 8:44 11:12 31-Jan 31-Jan One-off
OGG DFW 6 18:30 5:30 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
OGG DFW 6 18:30 5:35 18-Dec 29-Dec Wed-Mon
OGG DFW 6 20:45 7:50 24-Dec 24-Dec One-off
OGG DFW 6 18:30 5:35 30-Dec 6-Jan Mon-Tues
OGG DFW 6 19:00 6:03 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
OGG DFW 116 22:00 9:06 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
OGG DFW 116 21:00 8:03 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
OGG DFW 116 21:00 8:00 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
OGG DFW 122 23:00 10:06 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
ORD MIA 115 12:15 16:19 31-Jan 31-Jan One-off

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 December 2019 to February 2020, you’ll mostly find these three-cabin (economy, premium economy, business) aircraft flying a triangle between Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX). In addition, AA is also operating this aircraft at least daily between DFW and Honolulu (HNL):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW HNL 5 11:25 16:06 18-Dec 29-Feb Daily
DFW HNL 115 15:25 19:58 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW HNL 123 9:35 14:09 12-Feb 12-Feb One-off
DFW HNL 123 9:05 13:52 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
DFW LAX 1085 10:50 12:25 19-Feb 26-Feb Wednesdays
DFW LAX 1405 6:47 8:16 19-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW LAX 1553 7:00 8:25 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
DFW LAX 2453 19:20 20:41 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW ORD 814 7:39 10:00 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily (exc. Tues)
DFW ORD 1027 13:25 15:42 19-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW ORD 1318 17:40 20:00 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
DFW ORD 1463 17:05 19:26 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW ORD 1463 17:00 19:26 7-Jan 9-Feb Daily
DFW ORD 1463 17:00 19:26 10-Feb 12-Feb Mon,Wed
HNL DFW 8 19:00 6:16 18-Dec 29-Dec Daily (exc. Tues)
HNL DFW 8 20:40 7:58 24-Dec 24-Dec One-off
HNL DFW 8 19:00 6:16 30-Dec 29-Feb Daily
HNL DFW 9 23:50 11:07 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
HNL DFW 102 20:49 8:01 12-Feb 12-Feb One-off
HNL DFW 102 20:30 7:39 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
LAX DFW 1043 13:35 18:32 19-Feb 26-Feb Wednesdays
LAX DFW 1784 8:35 13:35 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
LAX DFW 1882 8:40 13:42 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
LAX DFW 2543 14:00 18:57 5-Dec 17-Dec Daily
ORD DFW 1106 11:30 13:58 5-Dec 17-Dec Daily
ORD DFW 1106 11:30 14:03 15-Feb 29-Feb Saturdays
ORD DFW 1312 12:15 14:48 13-Feb 28-Feb Daily (exc. Sat)
ORD DFW 1625 6:30 9:02 18-Dec 31-Dec Daily
ORD DFW 1625 7:00 9:36 13-Jan 16-Feb Daily
ORD DFW 1625 7:00 9:36 17-Feb 29-Feb Daily (exc. Tues)
ORD DFW 2458 6:30 9:02 1-Jan 6-Jan Daily
ORD DFW 2458 7:00 9:36 7-Jan 12-Jan Daily (exc. Wed)

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 U.S. Airways A330s provide a solid business-class product — and are 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.

From December to February, both the A330-200 (332) and A330-300 (333) aircraft are flying domestically. The premium economy retrofit A330-200 will be flying between Charlotte (CLT) and Orlando (MCO) and between Philadelphia (PHL) and Boston (BOS), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando and San Francisco (SFO):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
BOS PHL 575 17:41 19:24 13-Feb 27-Feb Tues,Thurs
BOS PHL 575 17:42 19:25 16-Feb 23-Feb Sundays
CLT MCO 1849 9:20 11:05 4-Dec 8-Dec Daily
CLT MCO 1849 9:20 11:05 9-Dec 17-Dec Daily (exc. Wed)
CLT MCO 1849 9:19 11:05 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
CLT MCO 1849 9:20 11:04 7-Jan 29-Feb Daily
CLT MCO 1879 20:30 22:18 4-Dec 16-Dec Daily
CLT MCO 1879 20:43 22:29 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
CLT PHL 132 16:25 18:06 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
CLT PHL 344 20:15 21:57 4-Dec 15-Dec Daily (exc. Sat)
CLT PHL 344 20:09 21:50 7-Dec 14-Dec Saturdays
CLT PHL 344 20:15 21:57 17-Dec 17-Dec One-off
CLT PHL 793 16:25 18:06 7-Jan 29-Feb Daily
LAS PHL 573 22:50 6:08 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
LAS PHL 589 22:52 6:15 9-Jan 9-Jan One-off
LAS PHL 589 21:59 5:29 16-Jan 6-Feb Thursdays
LAS PHL 817 21:59 5:29 7-Jan 12-Jan Tues,Sat,Sun
LAS PHL 817 22:52 6:15 8-Jan 10-Jan Wed,Fri
LAS PHL 817 21:59 5:29 13-Jan 19-Jan Mon-Wed,Fri,Sun
LAS PHL 817 21:59 5:29 20-Jan 12-Feb Daily (exc. Thurs)
LAX PHL 1799 7:50 15:53 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
LAX PHL 1799 7:45 15:44 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
LAX PHL 1799 7:45 15:43 7-Jan 11-Feb Tues,Thurs,Sat-Sun
LAX PHL 1799 8:05 16:05 13-Feb 29-Feb Tues,Thurs,Sat-Sun
MCO CLT 461 8:15 10:05 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MCO CLT 1408 6:10 7:58 14-Feb 29-Feb Daily
MCO CLT 1849 12:05 13:47 4-Dec 8-Dec Daily
MCO CLT 1849 12:05 13:47 9-Dec 17-Dec Daily (exc. Wed)
MCO CLT 1849 12:06 13:50 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MCO CLT 1849 12:05 13:48 7-Jan 29-Feb Daily
MCO PHL 688 14:34 16:57 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL BOS 2336 15:20 16:41 13-Feb 27-Feb Tues,Thurs,Sun
PHL CLT 563 6:00 8:00 5-Dec 16-Dec Daily
PHL CLT 673 8:20 10:25 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHL CLT 736 8:05 10:09 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
PHL CLT 1240 8:10 10:15 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
PHL LAS 589 18:05 20:39 7-Jan 12-Jan Tues,Sat,Sun
PHL LAS 589 19:00 21:32 8-Jan 10-Jan Daily
PHL LAS 589 18:05 20:39 13-Jan 19-Jan Daily
PHL LAS 589 18:05 20:39 20-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHL LAS 589 18:12 20:51 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
PHL LAX 726 15:57 19:00 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL LAX 726 15:55 19:03 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
PHL LAX 726 16:04 19:10 8-Jan 12-Feb Mon,Wed,Fri-Sat
PHL LAX 726 15:55 19:03 14-Feb 29-Feb Mon,Wed,Fri-Sat
PHL MCO 688 10:45 13:32 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL SFO 680 15:55 19:15 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL SFO 680 16:00 19:26 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
PHL SFO 680 15:55 19:21 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHL SFO 680 15:50 19:21 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
SFO PHL 700 8:05 16:21 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
SFO PHL 700 8:30 16:41 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
SFO PHL 700 8:30 16:42 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
SFO PHL 700 8:30 16:39 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily

And the Airbus A330-300 will mostly be on routes in and out of Charlotte (CLT), Las Vegas (LAS), Philadelphia (PHL) and Phoenix (PHX) — with flights between Phoenix (PHX) and Honolulu (HNL):

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
CLT LAS 624 20:05 22:00 8-Jan 12-Jan Daily
CLT LAS 624 20:05 22:00 13-Jan 19-Jan Mon,Wed-Fri,Sun
CLT LAS 624 20:05 22:00 20-Jan 12-Feb Daily (exc. Tues)
CLT PHX 316 20:10 22:43 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
CLT PHX 1678 7:33 10:25 18-Dec 29-Feb Daily
HNL PHX 693 22:55 7:37 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
HNL PHX 693 23:21 8:00 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
HNL PHX 693 23:00 7:42 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
LAS CLT 525 23:05 6:05 8-Jan 12-Jan Daily
LAS CLT 525 23:05 6:05 13-Jan 19-Jan Mon,Wed-Fri,Sun
LAS CLT 525 23:05 6:05 20-Jan 12-Feb Daily (exc. Tues)
LAS PHL 589 22:40 6:02 4-Jan 4-Jan One-off
LAS PHL 589 22:50 6:12 5-Jan 6-Jan Daily
LAS PHL 2110 9:15 16:47 9-Jan 11-Jan Daily
PHL CLT 563 5:44 7:38 17-Dec 17-Dec One-off
PHL LAS 589 18:10 20:46 4-Jan 6-Jan Daily
PHL LAS 2109 18:00 20:34 8-Jan 10-Jan Daily
PHL PHX 742 18:00 21:33 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
PHX CLT 498 11:02 17:00 5-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHX CLT 861 9:45 15:38 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
PHX CLT 1414 9:45 15:43 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHX CLT 1696 9:45 15:43 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
PHX HNL 692 12:25 16:21 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
PHX HNL 692 12:10 16:09 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHX HNL 692 12:20 16:22 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
PHX PHL 1658 23:10 5:21 13-Feb 29-Feb 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. You’ll find this aircraft frequently flying between Dallas and Chicago (ORD), Honolulu (HNL), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), San Francisco (SFO); between Chicago and Honolulu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco and between Philadelphia and Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago.

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW HNL 123 9:35 14:09 7-Jan 11-Feb Daily
DFW LAS 1203 14:25 15:19 19-Dec 29-Dec Daily (exc. Tues)
DFW LAS 1203 14:25 15:19 30-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW LAS 2238 7:04 7:59 19-Dec 3-Jan Daily (exc. Wed)
DFW LAS 2390 22:35 23:30 19-Dec 5-Jan Daily (exc. Tues)
DFW LAX 84 22:30 23:49 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW LAX 356 19:00 20:28 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW LAX 574 16:35 17:57 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
DFW LAX 1085 10:50 12:24 13-Feb 13-Feb One-off
DFW LAX 1085 10:50 12:25 18-Feb 28-Feb Tues,Thurs-Fri
DFW LAX 2354 18:47 20:08 8-Jan 12-Feb Daily
DFW LAX 2811 11:40 13:04 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW ORD 1027 13:25 15:42 18-Dec 18-Dec One-off
DFW ORD 1258 22:40 0:59 4-Dec 16-Dec Daily (exc. Sat)
DFW ORD 1258 20:40 23:00 7-Dec 14-Dec Saturdays
DFW ORD 2220 7:10 9:32 5-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW ORD 2412 12:25 14:46 4-Dec 6-Jan Daily
DFW ORD 2520 17:45 20:06 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily (exc. Tues)
DFW PHL 657 12:25 16:22 14-Feb 29-Feb Daily (exc. Tues)
DFW PHL 1328 12:25 16:25 7-Jan 12-Jan Daily
DFW PHL 1328 12:25 16:25 13-Jan 12-Feb Wed,Fri-Mon
DFW PHX 339 19:00 20:37 7-Dec 14-Dec Saturdays
DFW PHX 1910 7:15 8:49 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW PHX 2014 15:15 16:44 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
DFW SFO 1535 20:39 22:28 4-Dec 16-Dec Daily (exc. Sat)
HNL DFW 102 20:49 8:01 7-Jan 11-Feb Daily
HNL ORD 52 23:00 10:48 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
HNL ORD 74 19:30 7:33 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
HNL ORD 74 19:30 7:13 18-Dec 29-Dec Daily (exc. Tues)
HNL ORD 74 19:30 7:13 30-Dec 6-Jan Daily
HNL ORD 74 18:00 5:42 7-Jan 29-Feb Daily
HNL ORD 222 21:20 9:05 24-Dec 24-Dec One-off
LAS DFW 1203 16:16 20:49 19-Dec 6-Jan Daily (exc. Tues)
LAS DFW 2238 8:56 13:30 19-Dec 6-Jan Daily (exc. Wed)
LAS DFW 2249 14:00 18:41 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
LAS DFW 2526 0:42 5:14 20-Dec 3-Jan Daily (exc. Wed)
LAX DFW 147 17:00 21:52 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
LAX DFW 291 6:15 11:15 19-Dec 6-Jan Daily
LAX DFW 1043 13:35 18:32 13-Feb 13-Feb One-off
LAX DFW 1043 13:35 18:32 18-Feb 28-Feb Tues,Thurs-Fri
LAX DFW 2733 15:58 20:53 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
LAX DFW 2733 16:25 21:21 7-Jan 29-Feb Daily
LAX PHL 1799 7:45 15:36 8-Jan 12-Feb Mon,Wed,Fri
LAX PHL 1799 8:05 15:58 14-Feb 28-Feb Mon,Wed,Fri
ORD DFW 116 20:35 22:59 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
ORD DFW 328 5:15 7:46 19-Dec 6-Jan Daily (exc. Wed)
ORD DFW 830 15:50 18:17 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
ORD DFW 2336 15:45 18:18 18-Dec 18-Dec One-off
ORD DFW 2346 15:50 18:23 19-Dec 6-Jan Daily
ORD HNL 75 10:00 15:09 4-Dec 29-Feb Daily
ORD HNL 165 14:30 19:58 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
ORD LAS 2456 10:30 12:30 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
ORD PHL 942 15:45 18:36 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily (exc. Tues)
ORD PHL 2608 15:30 18:24 7-Jan 8-Jan Daily
ORD PHL 2608 15:45 18:39 9-Jan 26-Jan Daily
ORD PHL 2608 15:45 18:39 27-Jan 3-Feb Daily (exc. Tues)
ORD PHL 2608 15:30 18:24 5-Feb 12-Feb Daily (exc. Tues)
ORD PHX 876 8:50 11:38 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
ORD SFO 2634 10:35 13:22 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL DFW 1352 16:05 18:57 13-Feb 16-Feb Thurs,Sat-Sun
PHL DFW 1352 16:05 18:57 17-Feb 29-Feb Daily (exc. Wed)
PHL DFW 2076 16:45 19:32 8-Jan 12-Jan Daily
PHL DFW 2076 16:45 19:32 13-Jan 11-Feb Thurs,Sat-Tues
PHL LAX 772 20:50 23:59 7-Jan 11-Feb Tues,Thurs,Sun
PHL LAX 772 20:50 23:50 13-Feb 27-Feb Tues,Thurs,Sun
PHL ORD 490 18:05 19:42 9-Jan 26-Jan Daily
PHL ORD 490 18:05 19:42 27-Jan 11-Feb Daily (exc. Wed)
PHL ORD 490 18:00 19:40 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily (exc. Wed)
PHX DFW 1295 21:50 0:58 7-Dec 14-Dec Saturdays
PHX DFW 1744 17:55 21:08 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHX DFW 1887 9:47 13:05 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHX ORD 615 13:10 17:32 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
SFO DFW 1004 0:35 5:55 5-Dec 17-Dec Daily (exc. Sun)
SFO ORD 2634 14:30 20:38 4-Dec 17-Dec 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 #7 in our rankings — at least they’re lie-flat, meaning they’re significantly better than your standard domestic first-class options. Here’s where you can find them from December through February:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
DFW MIA 1219 17:00 20:51 13-Feb 29-Feb Thurs-Mon
DFW MIA 1292 11:00 14:53 18-Feb 25-Feb Tuesdays
DFW OGG 119 11:15 16:08 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
JFK MIA 291 12:29 15:41 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
JFK MIA 1165 12:35 15:46 13-Feb 28-Feb Mon-Fri
LAS MIA 1368 12:20 20:00 8-Jan 29-Feb Daily
LAS PHL 589 22:50 6:25 5-Dec 16-Dec Thurs-Fri,Sun-Mon
LAS PHL 2088 11:54 19:29 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MCO PHL 688 14:30 16:59 8-Jan 12-Jan Wed,Sun
MCO PHL 688 14:30 16:59 13-Jan 26-Jan Daily
MCO PHL 688 14:30 16:59 27-Jan 2-Feb Daily (exc. Fri)
MCO PHL 688 14:30 16:59 3-Feb 12-Feb Daily
MCO PHL 1832 6:45 9:13 13-Feb 13-Feb One-off
MCO PHL 1881 7:00 9:25 8-Jan 26-Jan Daily
MCO PHL 1881 7:00 9:25 27-Jan 2-Feb Daily (exc. Fri)
MCO PHL 1881 5:43 8:09 31-Jan 31-Jan One-off
MCO PHL 1881 7:00 9:25 3-Feb 12-Feb Daily
MIA DFW 2575 7:10 9:32 13-Feb 16-Feb Daily
MIA DFW 2575 7:10 9:32 17-Feb 29-Feb Fri-Tues
MIA DFW 2907 5:30 7:45 13-Feb 27-Feb Thursdays
MIA JFK 54 8:40 11:33 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MIA JFK 159 8:29 11:27 13-Feb 28-Feb Mon-Fri
MIA LAS 1368 8:40 11:15 8-Jan 12-Feb Daily
MIA LAS 1368 8:40 11:18 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
MIA ORD 2796 9:55 12:22 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
MIA PHL 1623 6:55 9:40 3-Nov 17-Dec Daily
MIA PHL 1623 6:55 9:43 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MIA PHL 1623 7:00 9:50 8-Jan 12-Feb Daily
MIA PHL 1623 6:20 9:06 14-Feb 29-Feb Daily (exc. Sun)
MIA PHL 1778 19:35 22:15 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MIA PHL 2329 21:40 0:24 3-Jan 3-Jan One-off
MIA PHL 2329 22:12 0:55 18-Feb 25-Feb Tuesdays
MIA PHL 2333 20:00 22:51 7-Jan 29-Feb Daily
MIA PHL 2570 13:41 16:23 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
MIA PHL 2570 13:45 16:30 18-Dec 6-Jan Daily
MIA PHL 2570 13:40 16:27 8-Jan 29-Feb Daily
MIA SFO 132 7:00 10:27 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
MIA SFO 133 7:00 10:33 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
MIA SFO 294 6:55 10:21 1-Jan 1-Jan One-off
MIA SFO 383 6:55 10:21 2-Jan 6-Jan Daily
OGG DFW 6 19:00 6:13 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
ORD MIA 2224 13:20 17:29 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHL LAS 696 8:15 10:49 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL LAS 2513 17:56 20:27 5-Dec 16-Dec Thurs-Fri,Sun-Mon
PHL MCO 688 10:45 13:33 8-Jan 12-Jan Wed,Sun
PHL MCO 688 10:45 13:33 13-Jan 26-Jan Daily
PHL MCO 688 10:45 13:33 27-Jan 2-Feb Daily (exc. Fri)
PHL MCO 688 10:45 13:33 3-Feb 12-Feb Daily
PHL MCO 1919 18:15 20:59 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHL MIA 415 6:00 9:04 4-Jan 4-Jan One-off
PHL MIA 415 6:40 9:40 15-Feb 29-Feb Saturdays
PHL MIA 415 6:00 8:58 19-Feb 26-Feb Wednesdays
PHL MIA 1267 20:50 23:50 12-Feb 12-Feb One-off
PHL MIA 1533 7:45 10:50 7-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHL MIA 1533 8:00 11:04 13-Feb 28-Feb Daily (exc. Sat)
PHL MIA 2571 15:45 18:49 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL MIA 2595 17:55 20:56 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL MIA 2595 17:55 20:59 18-Dec 12-Feb Daily
PHL MIA 2595 17:50 20:50 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
PHL MIA 2665 10:45 13:49 4-Dec 17-Dec Daily
PHL MIA 2665 10:51 13:55 19-Dec 12-Feb Daily
PHL MIA 2665 10:45 13:44 13-Feb 28-Feb Mon-Fri
PHL MIA 2665 10:50 13:49 15-Feb 29-Feb Saturdays
PHL SFO 614 8:30 12:04 18-Dec 22-Dec Daily
PHL SFO 614 8:30 12:04 23-Dec 6-Jan Daily (exc. Wed)
PHL SFO 614 8:15 11:48 8-Jan 18-Jan Daily
PHL SFO 614 8:15 11:48 20-Jan 12-Feb Daily
PHL SFO 614 8:25 12:04 13-Feb 28-Feb Daily (exc. Sat)
SFO MIA 294 11:30 20:02 1-Jan 1-Jan One-off
SFO MIA 383 11:30 20:02 2-Jan 6-Jan Daily
SFO MIA 383 11:35 20:09 7-Jan 7-Jan One-off
SFO MIA 383 12:53 21:24 8-Jan 12-Feb Daily
SFO MIA 383 13:09 21:31 13-Feb 29-Feb Daily
SFO PHL 651 13:15 21:33 18-Dec 30-Dec Daily (exc. Tues)
SFO PHL 651 13:15 21:33 1-Jan 6-Jan Daily
SFO PHL 651 11:35 19:56 8-Jan 18-Jan Daily
SFO PHL 651 11:35 19:56 20-Jan 12-Feb Daily
SFO PHL 651 11:40 19:58 13-Feb 28-Feb Daily (exc. Sat)

In addition, AA is adding a 767 to its route between Miami and Los Angeles once daily from March 29, 2020 through June 3, 2020.

A321T & 757

(Photo by Katie Genter / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Katie Genter/The Points Guy.)

Although we’ve focused this post on widebody aircraft so far, it’s important to note that AA operates lie-flat seats on its specially-configured A321T aircraft and certain 757s. The trouble with both of these aircraft is that they can’t be distinguished from the standard recliner-seat versions of the A321-200 and the 757-200 without looking at individual seat maps.

However, the A321T can reliably be found on these domestic routes:

Featured photo by JT Genter/The Points Guy.

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