American has been busy the last couple of months fitting many of their 767-300s and 757s with new Main Cabin Extra seating that offers passengers more legroom in coach.
Because it’s been a work in progress, there’s been no way to know whether or not your flight would offer Main Cabin Extra. American hasn’t been displaying or selling these new seats, whether or not you’ve ended up with more legroom has just come down to luck.
Apparently they’ve made a lot of progress reconfiguring planes, and it seems that within the last few days they’ve quietly launched their new economy plus product.
Yesterday I noticed that one of my upcoming flights now shows me sitting in a Main Cabin Extra seat (it wasn’t that way last week, I swear!).
So if you’re traveling soon, you might want to take a look at your own reservations: you might be able to get a seat that offers you more legroom!
Here’s a look at the seat maps:
By the way, if you’re curious, MiamiBeach, a member from the Traveling Better Forums, posted some photos in a thread, go here to see them.
There are two ways to get Main Cabin Extra:
AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum, oneworld Emerald and Sapphire, and customers who have purchased a full-fare Main Cabin ticket receive advance complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra seats.
To celebrate the launch of this new seating product, AAdvantage Gold and oneworld Ruby members will also have complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra seats through December 31, 2013. Elite status members also continue to receive PriorityAAccessSM boarding as part of your benefits.
Preferred Seats will continue to be complimentary for all of our AAdvantage elite status customers and their oneworld equivalents, as well as customers who have purchased a full-fare Main Cabin ticket.
Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats can be selected at the time of booking up until check-in.
Available for Purchase
You can purchase Main Cabin Extra seats, which also comes with Group 1 boarding privileges, when you book your flight on AA.com, up until the airport check-in cut-off time and prices range between $8 and $118 per flight.
Main Cabin Extra seats can also be purchased through airport self-service machines, AA Reservations, and through select travel agencies.
Safe travels and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!