How To Fly American Airlines' Best Business (and First) Class Seats Within the U.S.

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Usually, you're going to have to fly pretty far to fly in American Airlines' best lie-flat seats. However, the world's largest airline will sometimes operate its internationally-configured aircraft on domestic routes.

And good news for those that are flying soon: in May 2022, American Airlines is operating 664 domestic flights with lie-flat seats upfront. So, let's show you where AA is operating these planes and how you can book them.

Routes With Lie-Flat Seats in May 2022

In May 2022, American Airlines is using either a Boeing 777 or 787 (Dreamliner) on 21 different domestic routes. As the onboard product can vary between aircraft, let's break down these routes by aircraft type.

Boeing 777-300ER (77W)

American Airlines' true “Flagship” aircraft is its Boeing 777-300ER. On international flights, this aircraft operates with four different cabins: economy, premium economy, Flagship Business Class, and Flagship First Class.

On domestic routes, those are condensed to economy and (domestic) first class. So, passengers who book early enough may be able to select one of the eight Flagship First Class seats in rows 1 and 2.

If you can't snag one of the first-class seats, the business class seats in rows 3-15 are excellent too.

On shorter flights (such as between Miami and New York), you won't get any of the amenities that you would get on long-haul flights — such as the Casper bedding, noise-canceling headphones, and other amenities in the picture above. However, you will get some of these amenities on transcontinental flights (e.g. Miami to Los Angeles) and on flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hawaii.

In May 2022, you'll only find this aircraft operating on 2 routes:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA) and reverse — between May 5-31.

Fly lie-flat on American Airlines Boeing 777-300ER

According to American Airlines' schedule, here are the exact flights that are operating in May 2022 using the 777-300ER:

Flight #FrequencyStartingEnding
MIALAX1606Daily6 May31 May
LAXMIA780Daily5 May31 May

Boeing 777-200 (772)

American Airlines' “other” 777s are Boeing 777-200. This aircraft is arranged with three different cabins: economy, premium economy, and Flagship Business Class. But, the business-class seats vary between aircraft. Some are situated with a combination of forward- and rear-facing seats:

Others have all forward-facing business class seats in a reverse-herringbone seating arrangement:

You can find the American Airlines Boeing 777-200 operating on 15 domestic routes in May 2022:

  • Charlotte (CLT) to Raleigh/Durham (RDU) [only on May 26]
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Los Angeles (LAX) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Maui (OGG) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to San Juan (SJU) — and reverse
  • Miami (MIA) to Charlotte (CLT) [only on May 5]
  • Miami (MIA) to Los Angeles (LAX) — and reverse
  • Miami (MIA) to New York Kennedy (JFK) — and reverse
  • Raleigh/Durham (RDU) to Charlotte (CLT) [only on May 27]

Fly lie-flat on American Airlines Boeing 777-200

According to American Airlines' schedule, here are the exact flights that are operating in May 2022 using the 777-200:

Flight #FrequencyStartingEnding
CLTRDU1894One-Off26 May26 May
DFWLAX2697Daily5 May31 May
DFWMIA1536Daily6 May31 May
DFWOGG119Daily5 May31 May
DFWSJU2481Daily5 May31 May
JFKMIA343Daily1 May4 May
JFKMIA554Daily5 May31 May
LAXDFW459Daily6 May31 May
LAXMIA340Daily1 May4 May
MIACLT435One-Off5 May5 May
MIACLT2870One-Off5 May5 May
MIADFW1744Daily6 May31 May
MIAJFK2174Daily1 May4 May
MIAJFK2381Daily5 May31 May
MIALAX446Daily1 May4 May
OGGDFW116Daily5 May31 May
RDUCLT2688One-Off27 May27 May
SJUDFW1591Daily6 May31 May

Boeing 787-8 (788)

Business class on American Airlines' Boeing 787-8 are the same forward- and rear-facing seats that you'll find on some of the 777-200s:

You can find the Boeing 787-8 operating on 8 domestic routes in May 2022.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse [ending May 4]
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) — and reverse
  • Miami (MIA) to Philadelphia (PHL) — and reverse

Fly lie-flat on American Airlines Boeing 787-8

According to American Airlines' schedule, here are the flights that are operating in May 2022 using the 787-8:

Flight #FrequencyStartingEnding
DFWMIA2206Daily1 May4 May
LAXMIA340Daily5 May31 May
LAXORD1598Daily5 May31 May
MIADFW649Daily1 May4 May
MIADFW1744One-off5 May5 May
MIALAX2231Daily5 May31 May
MIAPHL551Daily1 May4 May
MIAPHL560Daily5 May31 May
ORDLAX374Daily5 May31 May
PHLMIA581Daily1 May3 May
PHLMIA1308Daily5 May31 May

Boeing 787-9 (789)

Meanwhile, business class on American Airlines' Boeing 787-9 are the same all forward-facing seats that you'll find on the other 777-200s:

You can find the American Airlines Boeing 787-9 operating 7 routes in May 2022:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Los Angeles (LAX) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Miami (MIA) [only on May 5]
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Maui (OGG) — and reverse

Fly lie-flat on American Airlines Boeing 787-9

According to American Airlines' schedule, here are the flights that are operating in May 2022 using the 787-9:

Flight #FrequencyStartingEnding
DFWHNL115Daily1 May31 May
DFWHNL123Daily1 May31 May
DFWLAX969Daily1 May2 May
DFWMIA1536One-off5 May5 May
DFWOGG7Daily1 May4 May
DFWOGG119Daily1 May4 May
HNLDFW102Daily1 May31 May
HNLDFW115Daily1 May31 May
LAXDFW971Daily1 May4 May
OGGDFW6Daily1 May4 May
OGGDFW116Daily1 May4 May

Best Ways to Book These Lie-Flat Flights With Miles

American Airlines AAdvantage

It's a good idea to start your search with American Airlines. AAdvantage uses dynamic award pricing for American Airlines flights. So, you may be able to book some of these flights for pretty cheap using AAdvantage miles. However, AA may charge a premium for nonstop flights — particularly on these nice aircraft.

British Airways (or Iberia) Avios

Speaking of nonstop flights, your best option to book shorter nonstop American Airlines flights with saver award availability is British Airways Avios. As long as there's saver award availability, you can pay as few as 16,500 Avios for a nonstop business class flight on the 1,121-mile route between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Miami (MIA):

fly lie-flat business class on American Airlines for just 16,500 Avios

Chase Ultimate Rewards

The cash rates for business class on some of these flights are fairly reasonable. That means that using Chase Ultimate Rewards to book a cash flight through the Chase Travel Portal could be the best way to snag one of these lie-flat seats.

For example, you can fly in the international business class cabin on American Airlines' Boeing 777 between Miami (MIA) and New York (JFK) for $397 one-way. Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders can book this flight for 26,439 Ultimate Rewards points each way through the Chase Travel Portal. Or, if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, you'd need to pay 31,727 points:

Final Thoughts

It's always nice to get to try out a premium seat when flying domestically. However, the extra space and privacy are especially valuable as airline passengers ditch their masks as the pandemic continues. If you're traveling this month, look out for these internationally-configured aircraft when booking flights. And make sure to consider all of the ways — miles, points, and cash — that you can use to book these tickets.

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  • Linda Camusso says:

    American ofrece asientos business con muy poca ventaja en la mayoría de los vuelos dentro de Norteamerica. Pero los costos son desproporcionadamente altos.

  • Carlos Levin says:

    Los vuelos domésticos continentales no ofrecen casi nunca asientos en business que se hagan cama. La comodidad es apenas diferente de economy, por lo que no se justifica la gran diferencia de precio.

  • Esther Newton says:

    Would appreciate info re LAX JFK AA first flagship flight and the best way to get them, please.

    Hoping to go from JFK to MCO or FRA to VCE or TRS June 2023.

    Thank you!

  • mario branchesi says:

    Hola buenas tardes
    por otra parte se desprende que los asientos de primera clase, hasta la fila 15, son una opción muy buena
    mario branchesi

  • mario branchesi says:

    buenas tardes
    por lo que observo la opcion de usar millas AAdvantage de American Airlines es una buena posibilidad aunque tenga algun costo adicional.
    mario branchesi

  • augustine g del valle says:

    i am interested in lie flat first class tickets to miami intl airport

  • Nice write up! I’ve been planning on draining my AA miles as I no longer fly them for work, so it’s nice to see where premium offerings are as I chip away at the balance.

  • Hello! Do these routes change month to month? I am trying to book a trip to Hawaii on these nice seats. Thank you!

    • JT Genter says:

      Unfortunately, these can change from month-to-month. Your best bet for flying in lie-flat business class seats to Hawaii is to fly through Dallas (or Chicago or Charlotte if they bring those routes back). Phoenix can sometimes also have widebodies. But LAX never does.

  • Such awesome concise information, thank you. I appreciate the time that was put in to providing this information. Travel goals for sure.

  • Congratulations!
    Always American trying to improve the ir services.

  • Facundo Fernandez says:

    The most useful information I saw on this website. Spectacular, thanks!

  • Thanks so much for this information. With my AA miles now valid into 2022 I will finally fly AA´s Business Class.

  • Linda Camusso says:

    Los asientos habituales de business para los vuelos domésticos son muy caros y no brindan una comodidad que justifique el gasto. Sólo son convenientes los aviones que ofrecen asientos reclinables.

  • So how do you pull a list like this for other dates, say from ita matrix?

    • In ITA Matrix, enter “o:aa” in the Routing Codes box and “aircraft t:787 t:777” in the Extension Codes box. To find the cheapest dates, either search by month or choose the “Plus/minus 2 days” option.

  • Vincent Smith says:

    Thanks so much for this information. With my AA miles now valid into 2022 I will finally fly AA´s Business Class.

  • AAdvantage siempre fue un excelente programa de millaje, especialmente aprovechable mediante acumulación de consumos con tarjetas de crédito. Es una pena que los bancos de Argentina no capitalicen este programa.

  • Miguel Angel Baltanas says:

    This IS good news indeed. Before New Year’s Eve I plan to visit friends in Washington, D.C. and then our son in San Francisco, flying from Spain. Too many miles for my tired bones. Will contact again my travel agent to take advantage of this AwardWallet tip!

  • A huge pat on the back for the amount of work you guys put into this article. I’m sure digging through and sorting all of this wasn’t easy. Very informative, and something to keep in mind if you fly out of these airports frequently.

  • Don’t think you really need the lie flat on a domestic flight unless it was a red-eye coast to coast and you need a few hours of sleep

  • I can attest to the comfort of the seats on the LAX-MIA route. Unfortunately pandemic discounts seem to have dried up these days.

  • Fernando Vega says:

    Very good news!
    I will be traveling from MIA to LAX next year.
    I hope I can enjoy the first class services.
    Thanks for the information.

  • Mauro rodriguez says:

    Good news. Hope AA miles tickets would be widely offered on routes to and from Argentina. It’s sometimes quite difficult to find any at reasonable values.

  • Excellent article, now with my AA miles valid until March, I will finally fly AA´s Business Class

  • Norberto Brignone says:

    Good news for domestic flights, new routes will be welcome, especially those routes with several flight hours.

  • Unfortunately I don’t see any of these aircraft on the routes I normally fly. Especially since I have a bunch of red-eyes in my future, the lie flat seats would have been very welcome. I guess I can always hope for January it might change in my favor.

  • Thanks JT, I have become dependent on this article every month. I fly these lie flats regularly just for the experience and the destination is just icing. Any way to get these out a few days earlier? thanks

  • I do not know if to take advantage of the miles within the USA, it is better to use it for long international flights

  • Are good news! . my business trips are being reactivated and I’m probably traveling all over the USA very soon. It is good to know that I will have truly comfortable seats for domestic trips!

  • Now that covid is getting under control, it will be good to use my airline miles for one of these flights. The seats on some of these flights look very comfortable.

  • Any articles like this for United? I discovered there’s one IAD to SFO flight a day on a new 787 so that was nice. Got to sit in Premium Economy and only paid for an E+ upgrade. 🙂

  • For me, American has always had the best business class producto in the US

  • linda teresa laura Camusso says:

    Qué buena noticia disponer de asientos verdaderamente cómodos para viajes domésticos!

  • carlos illya levin says:

    Ojalá todos los vuelos domésticos de más de 4 hs tuvieran disponibles la comodidad de los asientos lie-flat. La mayoría de los vuelos tienen asientos que no justifican la diferencia de millas.

  • Fernando Farache says:

    Excellent! I would like to try those seats sometime, more considering these times of pandemic where social distance is very important to me.

  • This has been wonderful! I took advantage of upgrading on ORD-PHX on a 787 last month. Brings back positive memories of years ago when widebodies were flying all over the US.

  • Wish AAdvantage pricing wasn’t dynamic, so I had a target to aim for. I’d rather not use my Avios on AA; I use them on BA with my 241s.

  • Roberto Seara says:

    Muy buena noticia. En vuelos largos como desde Miami a Los Ángeles combinando vuelo nocturno se gana tiempo y descansado.

  • I was once (must have been 2018 or 19) very surprised, when I arrived at the gate for my flight from ORD to DFW and saw a 787 standing there.
    When I walked into business class I had a pretty big smile on my face….
    The seat layout is kind of “interesting”, especially when you are sitting backwards but the seat offers great comfort and privacy.
    If you have the chance to experience this product on one of these flights then definitely go for it!

  • Kenneth Jones says:

    That is some really useful information as we plan to finally get back to the U.S. in late November from the U.K. and some of the longer internal flights will hopefully be a lot more comfortable. Thank you!

  • Great news. Use long AA flights several times, but not these. I will take them into account for my DFW – HNL route

  • Mr. Genter: Thanks both here and on ThePointsGuy you always have some great ideas thoughts. While there look like some great opportunities, AA has burned me more than once, even before the Pandemic canceling flights, changing aircraft (and seating), etc. Is there a simple quick way to check (knowing nothing is certain) the reliability of an AA flight not being canceled and/or having substituted planes?

    • Thanks for being a long-time reader! AA includes some reliability numbers when you search for flights on its website. I also use ExpertFlyer to search for reliability data, set up schedule change alerts, set up aircraft change alerts, and set up “Y0” alerts (less than 1 economy seat for sale) to see when AA cancels a flight.

  • Que buena noticia, en mis vacaciones estaré utilizando el vuelo Miami-New York!

  • What a wonderful post!

    There is a chance to I take advantage of that as I am planning a trip from Miami to NYC.

    It is not a long route, but I think it will worth it!

  • Without such detailed routing information, it would be really hard to find good award redemption’s at AA. Thank you for this article and the information.

  • In my opinion Dallas – Hawaii and Miami Los Angeles are the best considering the length of the flight.
    Of course it is also important the price or the cost in miles in case of a redemption flight.

  • Muy buenas noticias!
    Estare viajando de MIA a NYC para fin de año.
    Espero poder disfrutar los servicios de primera clase.
    Gracias por la informacion.

  • Getting a lie flat seat on a domestic flight is always a nice bonus. This is a particularly good use of British Airways avios.

  • Have a few main cabin extra upgrades from their anniversary contest. Would be great to get lie flat upgrades!

  • This is great news, transcontinental should always have a flat option!

  • It is definitely nice to get one of these seats however you dont really need these for short haul flights.

  • Me parece súper interesante la nota. Siempre aunque sea nacional el vuelo resulta más atractivo volar en clase superior. Con millas es una buena opción.

  • Pink wallet says:

    This is very useful. Especially listing all the flights having this configuration

  • Nothing from SFO/SJC 🙁

  • Gustavo Retegui says:

    I’ll fly fron Mía to Lax this months. Hope I qualify and get lucky.

  • I would rather save points and fly coach.

  • That MIA-JFK route looks good with the 777 in first class

  • Hopefully this scenario will continue after October. It would be great to travel to Honolulu in First.

  • carlos illya levin says:

    Para viajar en business dentro de USA hay que gastar una gran cantidad de millas, pero la diferencia en los asientos es tan poca que no se justifica.

  • Tom Gorodecki says:

    Nice airplanes. Thanks for the info . Will be interesting to check those .
    Thank You for detailed info .

  • Is service in Business service the same with COVID-19 protocol? I think today is a waste of milles… just an opinion.

    • I can only speak to United post-COVID in comparing to economy but you do get food which is a big plus for me. Not sure what it was like pre-COVID. I CAN say that I flew United Polaris at the onset of COVID and it was some of the worst food I’d had in my life. Every previous flight I’d flown in economy all had better food than the crap they served in Polaris that day. I took photos and complained but of course United offered nothing and said my transportation was fulfilled so nothing more needed to be done. Unfortunately I’m stuck being a United flyer living at a huge United hub.

  • Good, I’ve got a handfu of upgrade certs and I’ve just moved to MIA

  • Alfredo Panciera says:

    Excellent news!
    I frequently use some of the routes that it appears in this article.
    I can’t wait to book my next flight and take advantage of the first class services.

  • Flying in comfort to Hawaii sounds wonderful!

  • Mónica Pérez says:

    La verdad que la cantidad de vuelta de American es increíble y tengo millas y avios así que seguramente los cambiaste haciendo uso de las promociones y cambios de categoría a clases superiores .

  • I think, there will be B777-300ER flights to Hawaii for the remainder of 2021.

  • leonardo saubaber says:

    hermosos los asientos de estos aviones!! un placer seria poder viajar en ellos. Tenemos varias millas que podemos usar. Ojala pódamos concretarlo pronto. Gracias por la informacion.

  • These would definitely be nice snags especially for the Hawaii routes.

  • Sadly, nothing for IAD and very little for CLT, which is a common connection.

  • These lie flat seats are great but they dont really do much for me on short haul flights. You cant really enjoy them if your flights are 3 hours or less.

  • lance kirkbride says:

    Thank you for the info…as we are traveling to Hawaii this summer with the family w will be watching this closely.

  • Wish I could fly in lie-flat seats. Southwest is just so darn affordable and practical for where I live and how I travel.

  • A mi entender es solo conveniente en vuelos internacionales y largos.

    • For long domestic flights it’s even more valuable in my opinion because the flight require less miles usually.
      Another consideration I usually do is if the flight is in the day or in the night.

  • Stan Turner says:

    Too bad no Denver flights included. It would be sweet to try these.

  • This is great to know. My employer has grounded me for now, but when the time comes, I’m going to use this info!

  • Such a seats are only worthy on long flights.

  • I’ve flown American for years on most of my international flights. I’ve always found their accommodations to be top-tier and the cabin stewards to be most responsive to any reasonable request. During this time of travel restrictions, wearing of masks, longer boarding times, please treat the flight attendants with respect. We all need to keep in mind that they did not make these rules, but they are on the front lines to impose them. It makes a difficult job even more stressful.

  • Undoubtedly the flight dfw – hnl is the most worthwhile. I’ll try to find a flight. Thanks

  • I guess this is a good time to try international business class seats on a domestic flight while there is still not much international travel. Still I would only use this for flights longer than 4 hours to actually enjoy this.

  • David Gardiner says:

    Great to know you can get a proper lie flat seat flying domestically.

  • Anytime you can get on a premium aircraft and gain a humane seat, is wonderful. Hoping that the lower costs to fly these improved birds along with the increase in loads, generates more of these flights. Of course we understand that once International borders reopen it will be goodbye but in the meantime…Thanks for the article.

  • soon will test Boeing 777-300ER, looking forward

  • Would be nice on those Dallas to HI flights. I’ll stick with Econ for shorter CONUS flights.

  • Great list.

    Etihad miles can be used to book AA J / F awards as well.

  • lautaro Saubaber says:

    que lindos esos asientos…dan ganas de viajar!! ojala en algun momento pueda tocarme uno de esos. Tenemos muchas millas addvantaje y si todo anda bien, pronto daremos uso de ellas.

  • Agustin Fraiman says:

    It’s my first time in the blog.
    I’d like to know if I can buy miles using any special promotion and then use these new miles with old miles to buy a ticket.

  • carlos levin says:

    Sólo conviene para los viajes muy largos e internacionales.

  • Great article thank you for sharing, AA is my favorite business seat to travel in so far. I really like the space you get . Thanks!

  • Looking forward to checking out some of these seats. It’s a great idea to enhance the experience on internal American flights. ?? ?✈️

  • Very nice overview, I hope the amount of flights will stay this high until late autumn, when I’m planning my trip to the US. Crossing fingers that the COVID restrictions will allow it.

  • mariano babusci says:

    Excelent News¡ I,m travelling to USA soon and this infomation is usefull for me. A lot of information usually not so easy to find.

  • Flying comfortable in a long flight is great, I guess it is not worthy for 2/3hours flights, but who am I to judge..

  • hermosos los asientos y las promociones que estan dando. Tenemos muchas millas addvantaje y seguiremos sumando mas . Pronto las usaremos. Gracias por la info.

  • Chris Anderson says:

    Do we have any idea what the situation is for these flights beyond July?

  • Gilberto says:

    IMHO, It is not worth spending a lot of money to book mainly a first or business class seat in order to fly domestically in the US. That only makes sense for coast to coast flights, the ones which last at least 5 hours. Other than that, I think it is not necessary.

  • With many of these routes being quite short, it doesn’t seem to be a great use of cash or points to angle to fly them. A nice bonus perhaps, but not aspirational.

  • Always happy to find and fly ‘International’ domestic.

  • Jorge Muller says:

    Esta tarjeta se puede obtener residiendo en Argentina?

  • Jennifer says:

    I want to try this on flights to Hawaii. If not flights are just too short to enjoy these first class seats.

  • I have never flown business class. with these opportunities maybe I can do it

  • Still never flown first class. Will have to use some upgrades from AA’s anniversary contest!

  • Great!! MIA – JFK These routes are available now. Thanks

  • Does anyone have the idea of flying from SJU to HNL on 787 and 777 all the way?

  • It is cool to fly between MIA and LAS in B777 business class.

  • Great way to fly to Hawaii in style if you have the miles!

  • pedro rodriguez says:

    Esos asientos son una gran comodidad… Buen por american

  • Juan Manuel Villa says:

    I miss the two seat configuration on Bussines!

  • My God! I must be the only person who hates these seats! Flown before and detested it. Yes I can understand if you travelling alone what a great seat this would be, but I cherish my downtime with my wife where we both have demanding careers, and when we travel we want to be side by side!

    doing an MIA to HNL this fall and I’m seriously considering DOWNGRADING to Premium just so we can sit together.

    Am I the ONLY ONE who feels this way??????

  • I know this article is about domestic, but could you PLEASE tell me if the AA 772s – JFK to Athens have the facing backward seats in Bus as well?

  • That is awesome, I am going to book a flight to Honolulu, so I am gonna try to choose one of those aircrafts!

  • Wow that’s a great overview of the seating options! Does this operate the same way during the pandemic? I want to make sure I’m safe while traveling.

  • This is good news for those of us who do regular internal flights!

  • Hows the tlv route?

  • Patta McKee says:

    This is valuable information, especially during these tumultuous times. I have had to reschedule or cancel travel several times, and plan to catch up as soon as I can! There are so many places I want to travel to, and American’s business class seat program provides me with varying options and opportunities.

  • I do like to have a nice comfortable seat these days so would definitely try to bag one of the seats especially in first class. It’s a very rewarding way to use up those miles if you can’t fly internationally.

  • Eric Aboutboul says:

    I love this! That Business and First class seating looks like what I would love to do in my next trip 🙂

  • Rosamaria Cohen says:

    Is it worth the extra miles for first class over business class?

  • Guido micha says:

    It is an excelent news!!

  • Michael Baumstark says:

    This is excellent, helpful information, especially during these difficult times when plans or scheduled travel are subject to change.

  • Ines Pagnutti says:

    Excelente informacion!! He volado el 787 y verdaderamente se siente la diferencia ////
    Excellent information!! I have flown the 787 and you really feel the difference

  • Great opportunity for those flying only domestically to get to try these seats out.

  • Emily Davidson says:

    Oh, was thinking of a Hawaii trip and this would be amazing.

  • carlos levin says:

    No resulta razonable gastar tantas millas para muy pequeñas comodidades en los viajes domésticos-

  • Diogenes Saenz Miranda says:

    Excellent description and good news for us

  • Christian says:

    Thanks for this! Would love to take a trip to HNL this year and the DFW-HNL route looks good, if I could only get a connecting flight from MCO.

  • Jennifer says:

    I still prefer the log haul flights of the Asian carriers for business class seats especially Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines.

  • Nice guide to AA lie flat seats- will be sure to refer to it when I need it in the future!

  • Sounds like a sweet way to fly from DFW to HNL and back, esp. if you can snag one of the 1st class seats on the 777-300ER….enjoy it while it lasts. Once international travel picks up, these opportunities will vanish quickly.

  • It seems that Hawaii has gone ALL 777 now.

  • Wow! That setup looks very comfortable! I’ve always wanted to fly in one of those airplanes, so maybe this is my chance! Thanks for the info Award Wallet! 🙂

  • Maryjane says:

    I will admit that I once took an earlier flight than was necessary to get into a widebody business class seat. It was pleasant though a short flight. I was hoping that PHX -PHL might get some love as that is a common route for me. But no luck this time.

    • I definitely booked a flight that was about 12 hours earlier on United to be able to sit in Polaris on a 6 hour domestic flight. That also allowed me both lunch and dinner in the Polaris lounge in SFO. 🙂

  • Does the aircraft that goes to Buenos Aires include that configurations? Thank you in advance.

  • I had the opportunity once to fly on lie-flat seats from PHL -> LAS, first time flying first class too; it was a treat! This is some great info and hopefully it can be updated/continued past May. Know it’s kind of crazy with plane schedules at the moment. Local airports are dropping and rescheduling flights often lately.

  • The first time I ever got to try one of these seats, it was because I got a surprise upgrade on a flight from MIA – LAX. It turned out to be a bit of a cruel trick, because it definitely spoiled me from ever flying in a normal seat again!

    The only negative during the experience was that I felt the fully reclined seat was made for a shorter person (I’m 6’2”). Are all lie-flat seats built for a standard height, or is there some variety?

    I realize these are all “first world” problems, but figured I’d mention them. 🙂

  • Is there a chance these flights will continue beyond may?

    • JT Genter says:

      They should! However, airline schedules are in such flux that it’s hard to count on airlines now changing the aircraft type for a future flight.

  • This is great info. I always try to plan for these flights, especially when going transcon. VERY unusual to see the 77W flying domestically, would be great to snag a flight on one.

  • Maria Teresa Fernandez Peiretti says:

    Excellent! Could I use the 500-milles upgrade coupons?

  • Julio Sanchez Avalos says:

    Is service in Business service the same with COVID protocol? I think today is a waste of milles. My opinion.

  • Catherine says:

    DFW – HNL is a good flight for this, wish it applied to Maui too though.

  • Aliza Diamond says:

    I was origianlly scheduled to fly lga-dfw-ogg but a schedule change allowed me to change it to jfk-dfw-ogg for free. scored lie flat on the first leg!

  • The lie flat seats look pretty nice, with air travel ramping back up it would be nice to see some other west coast routes added for these type of planes. Would love to see some deals for Phoenix, AZ. Can’t wait to fly again soon.

  • Love flying these proper cabins domestically!

  • excellent opportunity to take advantage of the miles, I would like to go to Hawaii soon

  • Maryjane says:

    No love for PHL to PHX. So no lie flat seats for me. The really good thing about these aircraft is that there are many more business class seats. More chance for an upgrade for elites.

  • I guess there’s not enough international travel, so they’re putting the bigger planes to use domestically until things pick up again? What are the benefits to flying first/business class domestically, other than the increased legroom?

  • Interesting to see Puerto Rico getting many widebody flights these days. Is there an increase in demand? United also flies widebody planes between EWR and SJU quite regularly.

  • I just booked F class on ORD-PHX in the 787-8. First week of June.

  • Gabriel AMSCHLINGER says:

    Buenos días. ¿Es relativamente fácil al momento de elegir un viaje acceder a estos asientos? ¿Se puede realizar utilizando en parte millas acumuladas? muchas Gracias.-

  • Jennifer says:

    I would save my miles for the long international flights than waste it on short haul domestic flights.

  • The thought of a rear facing seat on a plane does not sound very enjoyable! Are they less desirable?

    • We -as couple- have used the forward and rear facing seats on a Dreamliner of Qatar Airways since you sit next to each other but see the other, you can talk and dine together. In fact it was rather nice. Also, I did not get the uncomfortable feeling as in a train or so to drive backward, probably because you don’t look outside you don’t have that effect.

  • I had the chance to take one from Miami to LAX after a long international flight and it is one of the most great experiences you can get.

  • Great opportunity to snag a lie flat seat on a domestic flight – esp, handy on a flight to Hawaii from DFW – until int’l travel returns in earnest, this is one of the silver linings to take advantage of….

  • So sad to see that the promotion had ended. I hope they bring this back. Having the ability to lay down and relax during such a stressful time as flying during a pandemic is such a luxury!

  • Need to save up some miles to fly one of these routes in first class. American has some of the nicest planes.

  • It is a real bonus to get a long haul aircraft on a domestic flight. I suppose the downside is that if you expect it and then there is an aircraft change to a non long haul aircraft you can’t really complain about it.

  • Bhikhu Shah says:

    WOW! This looks like a good product for domestic flying. I hope I get a chance to try them out soon.

  • Hopefully they will do this promotion again and add some routes that depart from West coast locations.

    • JT Genter says:

      It’s live now! Sorry that there was misleading text at the top of the post for a few hours there.

  • Caio Moreira says:

    Very useful, thank you!

  • I’d like to seat in those seats soon if Covid allow us to travel more

  • hengming zou says:

    Did not know that there are so many opportunities out of DFW. Now knowing this information, I would likely take advantage of it when I plan my next trip out of DFW. The only catch is that it will probably be after the covid-19 thing wears off.

    • AA will hopefully still be flying a lot of widebody flights once COVID winds down. The airline usually needs to do at least some of these flights for aircraft utilization. For example, a 787 might arrive from Sydney at 6am PT and not depart again until that night. So, the airline might run the plane between LAX-DFW during the day.

  • Fascinating insights with route opportunities. I will be sure to take advantage when I am in the USA next.

  • Super helpful to have this information all in one place. I was a bit sad to see so few options out of San Francisco / Bay Area, but it makes sense given their route coverage. Will need to save up the points for the next time I’m doing an trip based out of a different city.

  • I’m guilty as charged! I’ve gone out of my way to fly equipment that I know will be offering premium seating. This article is a great resource. United often has premium seating flights in the US too. Before COVID, they often had a 777 flying between IAH-IAD.

  • I love that the US 3 are starting to fly long haul aircraft domestically. I hope this sticks post-covid.
    Being based at SFO, United usually flew 777s to EWR, DEN, and HNL anyways. I’m sure a couple more routes were thrown in there, but those are for sure true contenders before domestic wide bodies were “newly normal.”

  • Be great to get insights like this for UK-US business flights once long haul returns. Interesting stuff.

  • I actually did not like being in the rear-facing business seat, it was a weird experience. Nice to see AA continue to be one of the leading airlines for comfort.

  • Bhikhu Shah says:

    Once the passenger numbers get back to normal, I expect these planes may be taken off the domestic routes and put back to international. Take advantage while you can.

  • Ramiro Davalos says:

    I am planning to a travel to Honolulu for my wedding anniversary, This is a great option and I think is worth to do it on special for special occasions. Thanks

  • The Iberia Avios paragraph is key to international travellers like me. Should apply to all One World alliance airlines!

  • Linda Laura Camusso says:

    En los vuelos habituales dentro de USA gastar muchas más millas para viajar en business es inconveniente porque sólo ofrece una pequeña comodidad. Sólo se justifica para los vuelos intercontinentales.

  • carlos levin says:

    Son muy pocos los vuelos dentro de USA en los que conviene usar más millas para viajar en business, porque la diferencia de comodidad es muy pequeña, pero son muchas más millas.

  • Aparicio Silvia says:

    En un pròximo viaje a Los Angeles aplicarè la informaciòn proporcionada mas arriba.

  • Oh my goodness, this is so hard to keep track of!

    • JT Genter says:

      It sure is! We tried to break it down to make it as understandable as possible. But let me know if there’s anything we can do to make it easier for you!

  • Deals like this make me excited to get back on an airplane once I am vaccinated. Just wish Washington DC airports were also operating these flights!

  • Would love to see some of these on flights to/from Canada

  • Franco Di Lucca says:

    Thank you very much for giving us this information. I’m back travelling and I’m happy to read this article.

  • Seeing a post like this about First Class really tempts me to get back on the plane. Still not the right time yet, but hopefully soon!

  • Thank you for this post. Very useful.

  • This is really great, I would really try one of these flagship domestic flights, but I don’t have any reason to visit MIA right now. I would just advise everyone to be sure they book the correct aircraft type and not accidentally choose to fly an Airbus A320 or something like that.

  • Fenspinbi says:

    This is a great opportunity, and the ‘Rona vaccine just became available for me locally, so it’s too soon to start flying again. I’m pretty sure the window for things like this will be open at least until May, when everyone will have been vaccinated, and then we can start the “new” normal in earnest.

  • I would love to do this but I think that I won’t be. I have a feeling that they will be changing this around. I’ll just have to note the type of aircraft and look at what I am booking to see if it matches. I think that since I am in the middle of the country it’ll be difficult.

  • Woo a lot of Hawaiian locations.

  • Gustavo Retegui says:

    This is great! I tried once but I was not lucky.
    I’ll try again as soon as I can fly again.

  • I would buy business class tickets from Chicago to Hawaii now if it was not for COVID-19 at all the different restrictions.

  • When will the LAX – HNL non-stop route return? We need more flights to Honolulu.

    • AA has 4x LAX-HNL nonstop flights – just not on widebody aircraft. Instead, AA’s using A321s on this route.

  • This is awesome! I love seeing this! American Airlines is the best airline I have ever fly! I enjoy a lot, feel save all the times and it is on-time every fly.

  • Thanks for this great article. I usually fly the LAX – AKL route and have always been impressed with the lie flat seats that AA offer on the 787 so for them to be available on so many domestic flights is great!

  • Glad to see lie flat seats on domestic flights..vast improvement over normal domestic business. Always book lieflat internationally but only have had the pleasure of getting one domestically once… plane change last minute 🙂 Looks like more and more carriers will be including lie flat domestically… applaud them…looking forward to flying again

  • Had the pleasure of flying in a lie flat on an international flight and it’s totally worth it. Great info in this post! Thanks JT!

  • I am supposed to fly first class LAX-JFK in March. Fingers crossed no last minute metal change.

  • Love seeing this. Always great coverage by JT !

  • Definitely if I had somewhere to travel to at present, cash in some AA points and fly business.

  • Any business class on AA is decent but the 777W would be my pick. A good experience for North Americans who don’t normally travel outside their own country.

  • angelo fonseca says:

    it’s an easy way to enjoy these comfortable premium cabins

  • All of these amazing deals while so many of us aren’t flying. I hope it leads to at least a little permanent change to the customer’s advantage.

  • Bhikhu Shah says:

    Wow! I’m really impressed this new product looks great. I think I’d like to try it out.

  • I probably wouldn’t book any of the domestic routes just to sit in these seats but it’s very nice when you are flying anyway and your upgrade clears and you notice that you’re now in a lie-flat seat.

  • I would like to book business class from O’Hare to Honolulu using my AA miles. With Hawaii constantly changing the rules due to COVID-19, I will take a pass.

  • Great little niche article! I’ve always wanted to try one of these widebodies on a domestic routing. Although there are always possibility of last minute schedule changes.

  • But is it worth spending extra points or money to travel business on a short flight?

    • For some, the experience can definitely be worth the rather marginal price difference that AA is charging on many of these routes.

  • irene beatriz hart says:

    Excelente Business Class.

  • Some of these deals are amazing, wow!

  • Good news for DFW flyers. I’ve flown on 77W and 772, and they were turly impressive!

  • Juan Ignacio says:

    Very useful resource, thank you for the update.

  • Wish this was available out of more cities, sounds like a great treat for after quarantine!

  • This would be a great thing to kick off travel this year after only one flight last year.

  • Keith Anderson says:

    Also, any flights to Mexico on these aircraft?

    • Yes! AA operates flights to Cancun (CUN) from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) using a 787-9 and from Philadelphia (PHL) on a 787-8. And over the holidays, AA also flew to Cancun from Chicago (ORD) and New York Kennedy (JFK) using widebody aircraft.

  • Keith Anderson says:

    Nothing worthwhile to or from IAD?

  • I have stopped booking domestic flights based on the aircraft type in 2020 after several aircraft changes after booking tickets due to COVID-19. Basically, I would book a route with a lie-flat seat, and they the plane would get changed to a smaller aircraft with no lie-flat premium cabin later.

    This is a nice article to point out good domestic AA routes for premium seats, but in my experience these days you can’t count on it even after you book.

    • I understand that frustration myself! Hopefully, these flights won’t be changed as they are within the next few weeks.

  • Interesting to know but I would still keep my miles and use it for international flights in order to have a longer time to enjoy my ride.

  • It would be such a treat to travel from MIA to LAX in Flagship First.

  • Jessica Arbai says:

    Thank you so much for updating these tidbits in relation to flying Business via American Airlines. Honestly and personally speaking, I would not mind just simply having recliner chairs with much leg-room and privacy in comparison to lie-flat chairs. Reclining is pretty good enough, to be fair. But, definitely a big plus for recliners than the regular Economy barely-even-reclining chairs, by a long shot! Thank you for the post!

  • I have certainly booked a less-convenient flight when I saw that it would be in a wide body so an upgrade would mean a lie-flat seat. It is certainly more restful than the normal recliners, even if you don’t make actually make the bed lie flat.

  • Very good option, I hope they do that extensive to other shorth-haul trips. I usually travel overseas rather than domestic trips. AA airplanes flights to the Caribbean with only 3 cabins,economy,premium and First class.

  • This is definitely good news since business class flying domectically is usually not a luxurious event. This will make it feel more of a pampered event.

  • Very useful resource.

    Although worth pointing out that using Iberia Avios on AA flights is much more difficult than the other options…

  • The downside is you are traveling short so you are not really enjoying the seat or sleep in it like a transatlantic flight to Europe.
    What happend to to a321T flight that used to fly transcontinental NYC to LA ?

  • Will there be that many people flying during the Christmas season of 2020?

  • I think American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER is a great way of traveling anywhere. A lot of domestic routes.

  • Nice article! A bit off-topic question but does anyone know if there is any chance to get upgraded with 500-mile upgrades although I am non-elite? Is it possible to use them if I don’t have any status? thx

  • Wow too bad no flights from my home airport!

  • Since Avios are worthless for BA flights, you should definitely use them for AA or long-haul Iberia flights (transferring to an Iberia, not BA, account).

  • Just my luck. American changed my flights in a way that apparently their only route to Hawaii is not one of the ones flying the best seats!