How to Fly American’s Best Business Class Seats Domestically From August to October 2017
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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:
- 777-200 old retrofit: retrofit with the “rocking” Zodiac seats, ended due to Zodiac supply issues
- 777-200 new retrofit: featuring the B/E Aerospace Super Diamond seats, which are the same seats installed on the new 787-9 Dreamliner
While the “old” retrofit also has lie-flat seats, the “new” retrofit is a much more pleasant experience:
Here are the domestic routes where you can find these seats:
|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:
|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.
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.
This aircraft can only be found flying between Los Angeles and Miami:
|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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