How to Fly American’s Best Business Class Seats Domestically From August to October 2017

Aug 19, 2017

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Update 8/20 7:48pm: The original version of this post had the 77W and 789 charts swapped. The charts have been corrected now.

It’s not often in air travel when you get a lot more than what you’re expecting. But, thanks to American Airlines’ widely varying fleet, you can experience a top-notch lie-flat international business class seat when flying up front domestically. Far better than a narrow-pitch, no-power and no in-flight entertainment domestic first class seat. (You can find those on AA, too.)

Since AA’s schedule can vary from month to month, we like to save you some time by digging into the airline’s schedule and unveiling where you can find these excellent seats.

Whether you decide to splurge on a first class award or paid ticket, get a free upgrade using 500-mile upgrades or get a complimentary upgrade as an 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

American Airlines has two versions of the 777-200 in its fleet:

While the “old” retrofit also has lie-flat seats, the “new” retrofit is a much more pleasant experience:

AA new 777-200 retrofit (JT Genter photo)

Here are the domestic routes where you can find these seats:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
Chicago (ORD) Dallas (DFW) 2518 20:39 22:55 2-Oct 3-Oct Mon-Tues
Chicago (ORD) Dallas (DFW) 2375 18:30 20:54 4-Oct 4-Oct Wednesday
Chicago (ORD) Dallas (DFW) 2375 18:25 20:49 5-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Dallas (DFW) Chicago (ORD) 2535 14:35 17:03 2-Oct 4-Oct Mon-Wed
Dallas (DFW) Chicago (ORD) 1233 12:40 15:01 6-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Dallas (DFW) Honolulu (HNL) 123 9:10 12:31 22-Aug 5-Sep Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2401 6:50 8:23 29-Oct 31-Oct Sun-Tues
Dallas (DFW) Miami (MIA) 2307 10:25 14:10 22-Aug 22-Aug Tuesday
Dallas (DFW) Miami (MIA) 905 16:55 20:43 22-Aug 4-Oct Daily
Honolulu (HNL) Dallas (DFW) 8 17:30 5:53 22-Aug 5-Sep Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2462 14:25 19:26 29-Oct 29-Oct Sunday
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2462 14:05 19:08 30-Oct 31-Oct Mon-Tues
Miami (MIA) Dallas (DFW) 61 9:10 11:14 22-Aug 4-Oct Daily
New York’s JFK Miami (MIA) 235 17:00 20:12 22-Aug 22-Aug Tuesday

787-9 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

AA originally launched its 787-9 on a domestic route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles. Since then, the airline has tried to solely fly these three-cabin (economy, premium economy, business) aircraft on its international routes. However,  they are making a return to domestic routes starting Tuesday August 22, on the same Los Angeles and Dallas route:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2463 17:45 18:55 22-Aug 4-Oct Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2463 17:40 18:50 5-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Dallas (DFW) Los Angeles (LAX) 2463 17:55 19:05 29-Oct 31-Oct Sun-Tues
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 2462 14:05 19:07 22-Aug 28-Oct Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Dallas (DFW) 74 8:20 13:27 31-Oct 31-Oct Tuesday

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, so the premium economy cabin is sold as part of Main Cabin Extra. However, these seats are labeled as Main Cabin Extra, so you’ll need AA elite status to choose these for free.

777-300ER Zodiac

Long considered to have one of the best business class seats in the sky, American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER is a great way of traveling anywhere. Problem is, 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 are highly sought after.

Want to try out the seat for yourself? There are just two flights where you can sit in these seats for the price of economy through October: Los Angeles to Dallas flight #70 October 29-30. However, you can either buy or get upgraded to these seats as part of a true business class while flying domestically.

American Airlines' excellent 777-300ER business class seats.

This aircraft can only be found flying between Los Angeles and Miami:

From To Flight # Depart Arrive Starting Ending Frequency
Los Angeles (LAX) Miami (MIA) 1088 9:45 17:55 22-Aug 4-Oct Daily
Los Angeles (LAX) Miami (MIA) 1088 9:45 17:57 5-Oct 28-Oct Daily
Miami (MIA) Los Angeles (LAX) 275 17:44 20:25 22-Aug 4-Oct Daily
Miami (MIA) Los Angeles (LAX) 275 17:44 20:27 5-Oct 28-Oct Daily

Where do you hope to catch these business class seats domestically?

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