How to Select the Best Seats on American Airlines

American Airlines has four categories of seating in Coach: Main Cabin, Main Cabin Extra, Preferred Seats and Premium Economy. This guide tells you what they are and how to get the better options.

Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Seats on American Airlines

If you have Gold, Platinum or Executive Platinum status in American Airlines’ AAdvantage program, some of the better seats are available free or at reduced cost.

And if you do not have status you may still get one of the better seats, because any unassigned ones are opened up 24 hours before departure.

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