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 these internationally-configured aircraft on domestic routes.

And good news for those that are flying soon: in April 2021, American Airlines is operating over 1,400 domestic flights with lie-flat seats upfront. That's a dramatic increase from just 226 flights in July 2020. Let's show you where AA is operating these planes and how you can book them.

Routes With Lie-Flat Seats in April 2021

During April 2021, American Airlines is using either a Boeing 777 or 787 (Dreamliner) on 33 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, that's condensed to economy and (domestic) first class. So, those who book first class 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.

Keep in mind that you won't get any of the typical amenities that you would get on long-haul flights — such as the Casper bedding, noise-canceling headphones, and other amenities in the picture above.

In April — except for a one-off flight — you'll only find this aircraft operating between Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA). According to American Airlines' schedule, here are the exact flights that are operating in April 2021 using the 777-300ER:

Origin AirportDest. AirportFlight #EffectiveDiscontinue
LAXMIA3401 Apr30 Apr
MIALAX2271 Apr1 Apr
MIAJFK6882 Apr2 Apr
MIALAX14542 Apr30 Apr

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 Boeing 777-200 operating on 28 domestic routes in April 2021:

  • Boston (BOS) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse
  • Charlotte (CLT) to Miami (MIA)
  • Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) — and reverse
  • Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Miami (MIA)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Charlotte (CLT)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Kona (KOA) — 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 Seattle (SEA) — and reverse
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse
  • Los Angeles (LAX) to New York Kennedy (JFK) — and reverse
  • Miami (MIA) to New York Kennedy (JFK) — and reverse
  • Miami (MIA) to Philadelphia (PHL) — and reverse
  • Miami (MIA) to San Juan (SJU) — and reverse

Fly lie-flat on American Airlines Boeing 777-200

According to American Airlines' schedule, here are the exact flights that are operating in April 2021 using the 777-200:

Origin AirportDest. AirportFlight #EffectiveDiscontinue
BOSMIA22473 Apr30 Apr
CLTMIA3122 Apr30 Apr
CLTMIA11521 Apr1 Apr
DFWCLT4932 Apr30 Apr
DFWCLT9711 Apr1 Apr
DFWHNL51 Apr30 Apr
DFWKOA2291 Apr5 Apr
DFWMIA192 Apr30 Apr
DFWMIA1632 Apr30 Apr
DFWMIA27207 Apr7 Apr
DFWOGG1191 Apr30 Apr
DFWORD14632 Apr30 Apr
DFWORD25201 Apr1 Apr
DFWSEA19922 Apr30 Apr
HNLDFW81 Apr1 Apr
HNLDFW1022 Apr30 Apr
JFKLAX11 Apr1 Apr
JFKLAX91 Apr1 Apr
JFKMIA3703 Apr4 Apr
JFKMIA3862 Apr3 Apr
JFKMIA3865 Apr30 Apr
JFKMIA4023 Apr3 Apr
JFKMIA4824 Apr30 Apr
JFKMIA22682 Apr3 Apr
JFKMIA22685 Apr30 Apr
KOADFW2301 Apr5 Apr
LAXDFW27331 Apr1 Apr
LAXJFK21 Apr1 Apr
LAXJFK101 Apr1 Apr
LAXMIA3691 Apr1 Apr
LAXMIA12682 Apr30 Apr
LAXMIA14732 Apr2 Apr
LAXMIA21811 Apr1 Apr
LAXMIA22011 Apr1 Apr
LAXMIA22862 Apr30 Apr
LAXMIA22892 Apr30 Apr
MIABOS22473 Apr30 Apr
MIADFW1032 Apr30 Apr
MIADFW11142 Apr30 Apr
MIADFW12762 Apr30 Apr
MIADFW23631 Apr1 Apr
MIAJFK3861 Apr1 Apr
MIAJFK6883 Apr3 Apr
MIAJFK6885 Apr30 Apr
MIAJFK11993 Apr3 Apr
MIAJFK13572 Apr30 Apr
MIAJFK14652 Apr30 Apr
MIAJFK18603 Apr3 Apr
MIALAX3142 Apr30 Apr
MIALAX10612 Apr30 Apr
MIALAX12351 Apr1 Apr
MIALAX12742 Apr30 Apr
MIALAX22311 Apr1 Apr
MIALAX24401 Apr1 Apr
MIAPHL3761 Apr30 Apr
MIASJU16132 Apr30 Apr
OGGDFW61 Apr30 Apr
ORDDFW24291 Apr1 Apr
ORDDFW25012 Apr30 Apr
ORDMIA4772 Apr3 Apr
PHLMIA2361 Apr1 Apr
PHLMIA5813 Apr30 Apr
SEADFW3342 Apr30 Apr
SJUMIA16132 Apr30 Apr

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 11 domestic routes in April 2021.

  • Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Honolulu (HNL) — and reverse
  • Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) to Miami (MIA)

Fly lie-flat on American Airlines Boeing 787-8

According to American Airlines' schedule, here are the flights that are operating in April 2021 using the 787-8:

Origin AirportDest. AirportFlight #EffectiveDiscontinue
DFWHNL1232 Apr30 Apr
DFWMIA25672 Apr2 Apr
DFWORD7392 Apr2 Apr
DFWPHL17522 Apr30 Apr
DFWPHL23831 Apr1 Apr
HNLDFW82 Apr30 Apr
HNLORD741 Apr30 Apr
MIADFW6952 Apr30 Apr
MIADFW28081 Apr1 Apr
MIAORD8762 Apr30 Apr
MIAORD27361 Apr1 Apr
ORDHNL752 Apr30 Apr
ORDHNL2681 Apr1 Apr
ORDMIA3352 Apr30 Apr
ORDMIA25531 Apr1 Apr
PHLMIA4151 Apr1 Apr
PHLMIA25712 Apr30 Apr

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 Boeing 787-9 operating 6 routes in April 2021:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Los Angeles (LAX) — and reverse
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL) — and reverse
  • 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 April 2021 using the 787-9:

Origin AirportDest. AirportFlight #EffectiveDiscontinue
DFWHNL1231 Apr1 Apr
DFWLAX23252 Apr30 Apr
DFWLAX27771 Apr1 Apr
DFWOGG71 Apr30 Apr
HNLDFW1021 Apr1 Apr
LAXDFW24591 Apr30 Apr
OGGDFW1161 Apr30 Apr

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.

With that said, American Airlines has offered some quite reasonable award rates on lie-flat awards to Hawaii recently:

British Airways 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

Iberia Avios

If you're booking a connecting itinerary — but the total distance isn't very long — consider booking with Iberia Avios. Iberia just counts the total distance of an itinerary when pricing American Airlines awards, regardless of the stops.

The award chart is based on the total distance flown across the round-trip. That means business class trips between 1,001 and 2,000 total miles costs 34,000 Iberia Avios. And trips between 2,001 and 4,000 miles in distance cost 46,000 Avios in business class.

Iberia award chart for AA flights

Chase Ultimate Rewards

The cash rates for business class in some of these flights are quite cheap. 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 San Juan (SJU) and Miami (MIA) for just $164 one-way. Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders can book this flight for 10,946 Ultimate Rewards points each way through the Chase Travel Portal:

Or fly in business class from Chicago O'Hare (ORD) to Miami (MIA) on the 787-8 for just $249 each way — or just 16,626 Ultimate Rewards points:

Final Thoughts

It's always nice to get to try out a premium seat when flying domestically. However, the extra space and privacy is especially valuable now during the pandemic. 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 book these tickets.

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

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    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.

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      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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.”

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Aparicio Silvia says:

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

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

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      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!

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    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!

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

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    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.
    Best

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    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!

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    Thank you for this post. Very useful.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Woo a lot of Hawaiian locations.

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    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.

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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!

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    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

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    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!

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

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    Love seeing this. Always great coverage by JT !

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

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    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.

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    angelo fonseca says:

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

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    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.

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    Bhikhu Shah says:

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    irene beatriz hart says:

    Excelente Business Class.

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    Some of these deals are amazing, wow!

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

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    Juan Ignacio says:

    Very useful resource, thank you for the update.

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

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

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    Keith Anderson says:

    Also, any flights to Mexico on these aircraft?

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      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.

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    Keith Anderson says:

    Nothing worthwhile to or from IAD?

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Very useful resource.

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

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    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 ?

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

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

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    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

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    Wow too bad no flights from my home airport!

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    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).

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    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!