The Complete Guide to American Airlines Business Class

American Airlines isn't known for its onboard service—even in premium cabins. However, between excellent lounges, a comfortable seat, good onboard food, and nice amenities, American Airlines Flagship Business class still delivers a solid experience that' many travelers feel is worth the cost— especially if you can snag a great deal.

On its fleet of internationally configured aircraft, all American Airlines business class seats have aisle access and recline into a lie-flat bed. That sets AA apart from business class on other airlines, where you may not have aisle access, or the seat might not lie entirely flat.

However, not all American Airlines business class seats are equal. So, it can pay to know which aircraft you choose. Keep reading for everything you need to know about American Airlines business class.

What to know about American Airlines business class

American Airlines offers its "Flagship Business" class product on overseas flights and select premium domestic routes. Look for Flagship Business . Essentially, if you see "Flagship" on your ticket, you can be sure you're getting a lie-flat seat, premium lounge access, full meal service, and an expanded drink menu.

After a massive fleet simplification during the pandemic, you'll find Flagship Business class on just three American Airlines aircraft: Boeing 777s, Boeing 787s, and its specialized A321 Transcon (or "A321T") aircraft.

You may find American Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft scheduled on some domestic routes. However, to get the actual Flagship Business class experience, you need to be flying on an eligible route:

  • Intercontinental flights: You're sure to find Flagship Business class on AA's long-haul flights between the US and Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and South America (excluding Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela).
  • Qualifying transcontinental flights: Domestic flights worthy of the Flagship Business label include routes between New York's JFK airport and Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and Orange County (SNA), and between Los Angeles (LAX) and Miami (MIA) and Boston (BOS).
  • Qualifying Hawaii flights: AA recently expanded Flagship Business to include its longest Hawaii flights. You'll find Flagship Business class on routes between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Honolulu (HNL), Kona (KOA), or Maui (OGG), and on flights between Chicago (ORD) or Charlotte (CLT) and Honolulu (HNL).

Keep in mind that Flagship Business class isn't quite the top product available on American Airlines. While Delta and United have both retired international first class, American offers Flagship First class on its Boeing 777-300ER and A321T aircraft. On American's Boeing 787 and 777-200 aircraft, Flagship Business class is the front cabin.

Some of the best American Airlines business class fares we've seen

  • Miami to LA in lie-flat seats for $797 nonstop
  • Inverness, Scotland, from $1,877 in business class
  • India from $2,221 in business class
  • Atlanta to Paris for $1,911 in business class
  • NYC to Rio for $1,805 nonstop in business class

The American Airlines business class experience at the airport 

You don't have to wait until boarding to start enjoying your Flagship Business class experience. American Airlines business class includes priority check-in and lounge access—including some of the best business class lounges in the US.

American Airlines Business Class Lounge

American Airlines operates two different kinds of departure lounges: Admirals Clubs and their more luxurious counterpoint, Flagship Lounges. When flying on a Flagship Business class ticket, you'll get access to the best available American Airlines lounges on the day you're flying.

American Airlines operates Admirals Clubs in nearly 50 airports. These lounges generally provide complimentary snacks, coffee, tea, complimentary house beers and wine, and a refuge from the airport terminal. In some locations, American adds nice touches, such as made-to-order guacamole and avocado toast.

AA Admirals lounge amenities.

American's Flagship Lounges take the lounge experience to a different level. You'll find these premium lounges in five American Airlines international flight hubs: Chicago (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), and New York (JFK).

True to its "flagship" name, AA's Flagship Lounges provide perks such as hot buffet meals, quality wines and champagnes, self-service cocktail bars, and even shower suites. If you're flying American Airlines business class through one of these airports, I won't blame you for intentionally booking an extended layover. In fact, that's just what I do whenever I can.

AA Flagship lounge amenities.

American Airlines Business Class Check-in

No one enjoys waiting in line at check-in—especially when you have lounge access awaiting you on the other side of security. Thankfully, American Airlines business class passengers get access to priority check-in lanes at the airport.

In addition to (hopefully) being a faster line, I've typically found these check-in counters are staffed with more experienced and knowledgeable agents that can solve issues and get you on your way quicker. Then, depending on the airport, you may be able to speed through security using priority security.

The American Airlines business class experience in the air

While American Airlines has a strong ground game, the highlight of the American Airlines business class experience is in the air. Lie-flat seats will give you the best chance at a good night's rest. Multi-course "chef-inspired" meals may make you redefine airplane food. And a solid drink menu gives you plenty of options to help you unwind.

American Airlines Business Class Seats

  • Boeing 777-300ER : The Boeing 777-300ER is American Airlines' true "flagship" aircraft—one of just two aircraft types in American Airlines' fleet with a first-class product. The 52 Safran Cirrus business class seats on this aircraft are generally considered the best business class seats in American Airlines' fleet. The cabin is set up in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone arrangement. That means all seats have direct access to the aisles, and couples will want to sit in the middle seats to be next to each other for the flight.

AA business class reverse herringbone seating.

  • Boeing 777-200 : American Airlines has two different seating types on its Boeing 777-200 aircraft. And unfortunately, it's hard to tell the two apart when looking at a seat map. Both types of seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 all-aisle-access seating arrangement with lie-flat seats. However, some AA's 777-200 aircraft have "Concept D" seats that alternate between forward- and rear-facing rows. These seats are panned for being unstable. That means you might get rocked awake in the middle of the night by your neighbor getting out of their seat. When AA was installing these seats, things got so bad that AA canceled its contract with the seat manufacturer. So, AA installed the rest of the 777-200 fleet with all forward-facing Super Diamond seats—which generally provide a much better onboard experience.
  • Boeing 787-8 : Almost all American Airlines' 787-8 aircraft have the same forward- and reverse-facing "Concept D" business class seats. Again, it's not the best business class product available. But, all seats have aisle access and recline into lie-flat beds. Couples who want to sit close to one another should select seats D and H in odd-numbered rows. Just beware that these are rear-facing seats. The 787-8 also has the smallest business class cabin in AA's international fleet, with just 20 seats. That makes the 787-8 a long shot for those hoping for an upgrade.

AA concept D seating.

  • Boeing 787-9: American installed Super Diamond seats on its fleet of 22 Boeing 787-9 aircraft. So, you can book business class on the 787-9 to be sure to get a forward-facing and quite-private seat. Like the rest of AA's international fleet, seats are arranged 1-2-1—meaning everyone gets aisle access—and recline into a lie-flat bed.
  • Airbus A321T: American Airlines has a special sub-fleet of Airbus A321 aircraft with an ultra-premium seating arrangement for premium transcontinental flights. Rather than the 181 to 187 seats found on its other A321 planes, American Airlines installed ten lie-flat first-class seats, 20 lie-flat business class seats, and just 72 economy seats. The business class cabin is arranged in five rows with two seats on each side of the aisle.

American Airlines Business Class Beds

All Flagship Business class seats recline to create a lie-flat bed. However, you may want to consider the nuances between the seat types if you have the choice between a couple of options.

The Boeing 777-300ER business class seats are generally accepted as the most comfortable beds in American Airlines' fleet. Perhaps the only negative is how close your head is to the aisle. So, light sleepers may be startled awake by fellow passengers. 

AA lie flat seats.

The Super Diamond seats installed on AA's 787-9 and some 777-200 aircraft are excellent seats. However, side sleepers may find that the space between the bed and the tray table is a bit narrow for their legs when reclined.

The Concept D seats found on AA's 787-8 and the other 777-200 aircraft are not-so-affectionately referred to as "rocking chairs" by passengers in the know. Seats are installed in connected pairs. So, you may feel it anytime your tethered seatmate moves. If you're a light sleeper, you might want to pick one of the four seats that aren't connected to another seat: 1D, 1H, 5A, and 5L.

The A321T business class seats are the only Flagship Business class seats that don't have all aisle access. Because the seats are installed in two-seat pairs, the passenger in the window seat has to climb over the aisle-seat passenger to get in and out of their seat. Unfortunately, this can lead to a "straddle or be straddled" situation when the aisle seat is in lie-flat mode. However, this proximity makes these seats especially good for couples traveling together.

AA lie flat seats in bed mode.

American Airlines Business Class Benefits

Depending on the route, American Airlines makes Flagship Business class even more comfortable with amenity kits and Casper-branded sleep kits.

American's newest amenity kits feature products made in partnership with Shinola and D.S. & Durga. The new Flagship Business class kit includes socks, an eye mask, a dental kit, earplugs, lotion, and a pen.

AA Flagship business amenity kit.

On AA's flights to Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, you'll get the full suite of Casper items: a mattress pad, pillow, duvet, pajamas, and slippers: 

AA business amenity kits on flights to AUS, NZ, and Hong Kong.

On all other routes, you'll get a pillow and duvet—with slippers for flights across the Pacific:

AA amenity kits for long haul business class flights.

American Airlines Business Class Baggage

American Airlines baggage policy allows business class passengers to get at least two free checked bags. Even better, you can stuff up to 70 pounds (that's 32 kg) of stuff into each bag at no extra charge. 

You can score a third free checked bag in the following cases:

  • American Airlines Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum elite status
  • Oneworld Emerald status with a partner airline
  • Active U.S. military member—with up to 5 free checked bags if you're traveling on orders.

American Airlines Business Class Meals

American partners with the James Beard Foundation to create "chef-inspired" meals for Flagship Business class passengers. Meals are generally customized for each route, meaning you can enjoy Japanese chef-designed meals on flights to Japan and dishes designed by a native Hawaiian chef for flights to Hawaii.

Log into your reservation within 30 days—but more than 24 hours—before your flight to pre-select the meal you want. That way, you'll be sure the option you prefer is loaded on your flight. Tastes change? No worries, you'll still have the opportunity to change your selection onboard.

reserving your meal on AA business class.

American Airlines Business Class Alcohol

Whether you're celebrating a special trip or just need a nightcap, you'll get your choice of champagne, wines, beers, cocktails, and other spirits when flying in Flagship Business class. The selection can vary based on the route you're flying, but don't expect anything too fancy from the list of spirits.

spirit menu for American AIrlines business class.

How to book American Airlines business class

How much does it cost for a business class ticket on american .

The price of American Airlines business class depends on the route, the demand for the flight, seasonality, and how close to departure you're booking. To get the best deals on American Airlines business class, become a Going Elite member. That way, you'll get cheap flight alerts when the price of American Airlines business class drops to enticing rates.

How to upgrade to business class on American for free

Unfortunately, dressing up or uttering magic words won't get you a free upgrade on American Airlines. Instead, the best way to get a free upgrade on American is by having AAdvantage elite status. Depending on your elite status level, you'll get complimentary upgrades on flights within North and Central America through the 500-mile upgrade system.

In addition, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elites can choose so-called "systemwide upgrades" as Elite Choice Rewards. These upgrades will score you an upgrade from economy or premium economy to business class or from business class to first class. As the name might imply, elites can apply systemwide upgrades on any route American flies. Just make sure you're booked on a revenue flight (i.e., not booked with miles) to use a systemwide upgrade.

Elites can apply systemwide upgrades to upgrade friends and family — even if you aren't flying with them. So, if you have an American Airlines elite flier in your life, it can't hurt to ask if they have an extra systemwide upgrade before you take an overseas flight.

How much does it cost to upgrade to business class on American?

American Airlines can offer very reasonable paid upgrades to business and first class. The trick is to look out for offers in the weeks and days before your departure. Rather than giving away a free upgrade to an elite member, American Airlines would rather offer an inexpensive upgrade to a paying customer.

How many miles to upgrade to American business class? 

American Airlines offers members the opportunity to upgrade from economy or premium economy to business class with miles . For flights within North and Central America, you'll generally need to pay 15,000 miles plus a cash co-pay of $75 (or $175 for Hawaii flights) each way. For intercontinental flights, you'll need to pay 25,000 miles plus a cash co-pay of $350 (or just $150 for northern South America) each way.

The only time it makes sense to upgrade with miles on domestic flights is from the east coast to Hawaii via Dallas or when you can fly on one of AA's premium coast-to-coast flights. For international flights, paying just 25,000 miles plus $350 can be a steal to move from a cramped economy cabin to a lie-flat business class product.

What are the best credit cards to get free upgrades to American business class?

The best way to get free upgrades on American is by having AAdvantage elite status. And, starting in 2022, you can get AA elite status just by spending on a credit card.  

By spending $60,000 on an AAdvantage® Aviator® Silver Mastercard®, you can get AAdvantage Platinum status. You'll earn one Loyalty Point per dollar spent plus 15,000 bonus Loyalty Points for spending at least $50,000. Platinum elite members can get free upgrades on flights within North and Central America through AA's 500-mile upgrade system — including lie-flat business class to Hawaii.

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American Airlines Flagship Business class is reliably a solid option. You're sure to get a lie-flat seat, with direct aisle access on all international flights. American's Flagship Lounges provide an excellent experience in most international hubs. The onboard meals are tasty with a decent wine list and spirits to make the flight a bit more relaxing.

However, service can be hit-or-miss depending on the crew. And, if you have a choice between aircraft types, you'll want to consider the pros and cons of each business class seat.

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Frequently asked questions about american airlines business class.

On qualifying routes, American Airlines business class includes priority check-in, lounge access (including Flagship Lounge), lie-flat seats, hot meals, complimentary alcohol, an amenity kit, a Casper-branded sleep set, and complimentary in-flight entertainment.

American Airlines business class passengers get lounge access when flying on Flagship Business class tickets. That includes flights to Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, southern South America; flights from Dallas, Chicago, or Charlotte to Hawaii; and qualifying coast-to-coast flights (e.g., New York to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orange County).‍

American serves "chef-inspired dining" on its Flagship Business Class flights. To get full meal service, you'll generally need to be flying on an intercontinental route (i.e., outside North and Central America), AA's premium coast-to-coast flights, or premium flights to Hawaii.

American Airlines business class passengers generally get two free checked bags of up to 70 pounds each. If you're a Oneworld Emerald elite—including AAdvantage Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elites—or US active military members, you can check a third bag for free.

American Airlines business class passengers can generally change their flight with no fees. The only exception to this is if you're originating outside of North or South America.

American Airlines' business class seats vary between aircraft. Generally, the best business class seats are on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. And the best seats on that aircraft are in the mini-cabin in rows 3 and 4. Generally, the second-best seats are found on AA's 787-9 aircraft and some of AA's 777-200 aircraft. If you have a choice, avoid the business class seats on American's Boeing 787-8 aircraft. Half of the seats are rear-facing, and passengers complain about the seats being tight and unstable. To get all the details about a seat on your specific route, check out SeatGuru.

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American Airlines seat selection fee

How to select seats on american airlines flights, how to avoid paying american airlines seat selection fees, when can you get a refund of american airlines seat selection fees, final thoughts on american airlines seat selection.

Seat selection is complimentary for many seats on most American Airlines tickets. However, as you can tell by that convoluted sentence, American Airlines seat selection isn't free for all passengers.

So, how much does American Airlines charge for seat selection? We’ll answer this question and explain how you can avoid paying an American Airlines seat selection fee.

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The cost to select a seat on American Airlines ranges from free — for standard seats except when booking basic economy fares — to over $160 for an extra-legroom seat on a long-haul international flight.

American Airlines seat selection fees vary based on several factors — including the flight length and what type of seat you want. Window and aisle seats are generally the most expensive. Meanwhile, a middle seat in between two preferred seats might not cost anything.

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American Airlines travelers can select seats during the flight booking process or after purchasing a flight. If you're just starting a flight search, we recommend logging into your AAdvantage account first. That way your information will be auto-filled, and you'll be able to maximize any frequent flyer perks you have. More about that below.

Say you want to travel from Denver to London. First, you'll need to select your flights. During the search process, you can preview available seats by selecting the "seats" link in the search results. This can give you an idea of the number of available seats for your group. However, the price for selecting seats won't be listed yet.

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After selecting your flights, reviewing fare upgrade options, entering your information and declining the option to buy miles, you'll finally be able to select seats for your flight.

If you booked a basic economy fare , you'll have to pay for a seat selection no matter the type of seat. In the example below, prices to choose a seat range from $9-$24 depending on which one you select.

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If you booked a standard economy fare, you can select any standard seat for free. Or you can pay for preferred and extra-legroom seats — in this example, the cost ranges from $10-$22 for a preferred or Main Cabin Extra seat.

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You won't be able to select seats on flights operated by partner airlines — even if the flight has an American Airlines flight number. Instead, you'll have to complete the booking to get the partner confirmation number (also referred to as a PNR or record locator). Then, you can contact that airline for seat assignment.

If you booked an American Airlines flight through another airline, you’ll need your American Airlines confirmation number. Once you have this, head to the American Airlines homepage and click the "manage trips/check-in" tab.

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Enter your last name and the confirmation number to find your trip. Then, you'll see your seat selection options.

The most reliable way to avoid paying a seat selection fee is to have elite status through American Airlines or through an eligible partner airline, such as Alaska Airlines or British Airways . Additionally, you can redeem AAdvantage miles to pay seat selection fees.

Preferred Seating

All tiers of AAdvantage elite status get complimentary access to preferred seating — standard-legroom seating in preferred areas of the cabin — from the time of booking. Similarly, elite members of oneworld Alliance partner airlines get complimentary access to preferred seating on American Airlines, even at the lowest Ruby tier.

Main Cabin Extra

In addition to extra legroom, Main Cabin Extra seats also grant travelers early boarding and complimentary snacks and drinks — including beer, wine and spirits.

AAdvantage Platinum, Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elites get complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra seats from the time of booking. Gold elites can select Main Cabin Extra seats free of charge within 24 hours of departure.

Similarly, Alaska MVP Gold, Gold 75k and Gold 100k elite members can select Main Cabin Extra seats from the time of booking. Alaska MVP members must wait until 24 hours before departure to select Main Cabin Extra seats for free. However, basic economy fares aren't eligible for this benefit.

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Using AAdvantage miles

If you can't use elite status to avoid American Airlines seat selection fees, you may be able to redeem AAdvantage miles to pay for them. Like the cash cost, the mileage cost depends on factors such as the length of the flight and the location of the seat in the cabin.

The redemption rate for seat selection fees is typically about 1 cent per mile. That's not a great rate. NerdWallet values American Airlines miles at 1.7 cents each. Still, this could be an appealing redemption option if your mileage balance is too low to redeem miles for flights.

You'll need to have enough AAdvantage miles in your account to cover the entire cost of the seat selection fees. Otherwise, you'll either need to select a seat that costs fewer miles or buy more miles. Travelers don't have the ability to buy a single seat with a combination of miles and cash.

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Upgrading to a Main Plus ticket

Travelers who pay for a Main Plus ticket get complimentary access to preferred and Main Cabin Extra seats. This option isn't free. However, the extra cost may be worth it to get an extra checked bag, preferred boarding and complimentary seat selection.

American Airlines seat selection fees are generally nonrefundable. However, you can get a refund of your seat selection fees in a few specific situations.

For example, American Airlines will refund your seat selection fees if you opt to upgrade to business or first class, pay more for another seat on the same flight, cancel your flight within 24 hours of booking (if you booked at least two days before departure) or cancel your flight and purchase seats on a rebooked flight.

You'll also get a refund when American Airlines cancels your flight — or if American delays your flight long enough to miss a connecting flight on which you purchased seats — and doesn't provide a comparable seat on the new flight.

American Airlines seats can generally be selected during booking or after booking your flight. However, you'll need to avoid basic economy fares to get free seat selection. And you'll only get free preferred or extra-legroom seat selection if you have elite status or use miles to pay the fee.

If you’re having trouble making your American Airlines seat selection, check to see if your flight is operated by a partner airline. If so, you'll need to retrieve the confirmation code for that airline and contact the airline to choose a seat.

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American Airlines is one of the leading airlines in the United States, and it offers an excellent business class experience.

American Airlines offers a variety of business class products that cater to the needs of any traveler. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious experience or simply seeking more space and comfort, American Airlines has a suitable service. 

On American Airlines, business class passengers can enjoy increased legroom, award-winning cuisine, gourmet meals, and complimentary wine and beer. 

For international business class flights, you’ll enjoy lie-flat seats with direct aisle access. That means you can stretch out and sleep or get up and move around at your leisure. You’ll also have plenty of room to work or relax, with a personal entertainment system and charging outlets.

American Airlines also offers a variety of in-flight entertainment options, including movies, television shows, and music that will keep you occupied on your long international flight. 

If you’re looking for a truly unique travel experience, American Airlines’ business class is the way to go. 

Find out how you can treat yourself to a rewarding travel experience with American Airlines’ business class, from the moment you step into the airport to when you start your European dream vacation.

Before Boarding Your Flight

American Airlines offers a variety of ways to make your travel more comfortable and affordable. Business Class tickets are available for purchase online, and American Airlines also offers a variety of seat selection options to choose from.

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Selecting Your Seats

The American Airlines’ Flagship Business cabin has arguably one of the best seating layouts among American carriers. Aircrafts used for transcontinental flights, such as the Boeing 777-300er, use a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration, which means direct aisle access, and you won’t be stepping over another sleeping passenger. 

Seats recline in varying positions and can turn into fully flat beds. Whether you’re on the window seat or at the center section, your seat will have a partial privacy divider to let you sleep, relax, or work in peace.

Solo travelers may want to book window seats, while people traveling in pairs can take advantage of the center section — though they may have to lean forward to talk to each other. Another option — perhaps the easier one — is to book one by the window and another from across the aisle at the center section. This way, interaction with each other requires less effort. 

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Certain Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Boeing 777-200ERs have seats that alternate between facing forward and backward. Note that some backward-facing seats do not have a window view.

When looking into flights, it’s crucial to check the seat map, especially if you prefer to face a specific direction (backward arrows represent backward-facing seats). 

Finding Affordable Airfare

American Airlines business class tickets can vary based on seasonality and demand, how long the flight is, and how far away the departure date is from when you’re booking.  

Like other airlines, American Airlines Business Class tickets often come at a higher price when booking directly through the airline. For instance, flying from Los Angeles to London can cost you $6K for a round-trip Business Class ticket if booked through American Airlines. 

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American Airlines is a founding member of the Oneworld Alliance. Alliance frequent fliers can earn or redeem miles in the American AAdvantage program or through partner airlines like Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, Air Canada, British Airways, etc. 

Travelers with Oneworld memberships can also upgrade from Economy or Premium Economy to Business Class using their miles. You can also find affordable luxury seats through Business Class Experts. Business Class Experts can help you find deals and discounts worldwide on business class flights .

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American Airlines Check-In

Flagship Business passengers can enjoy priority check-in and security lines at airports. They are also entitled to priority boarding, which allows them to board the aircraft first.

Some American Airlines Business Class passengers also note that dedicated check-in counters offer better services from veteran and seasoned flight attendants and service agents who can fix any issues expeditiously.  

Baggage Specifications

American Airlines business class passengers are entitled to two standard bags to check in with a maximum weight of 70 pounds (32 kg) for each bag for free. 

It’s possible to add a third free checked bag if you satisfy any of the following:

  • You’re an American Airlines Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum elite status
  • You have a Oneworld Emerald status with an Alliance airline
  • You get up to five free checked bags if you’re a US military member on active duty 

Traveling with Small Children

From 2 days old to less than two years old, infants can travel on an adult’s lap (the adult must be at least 16 years old). 

If traveling with an infant less than seven days old, families must get a doctor to fill out a passenger medical form before the flight. This form will be sent straight to the physician by an American Airlines agent.

Families with small children under the age of 2 can also ask to board the gate early. They can carry a diaper bag per child in addition to the adults’ baggage allowance. However, they need to pay for any extra checked bag at the same rate as adults.

Children 2 years and older must carry a ticket reflecting the adult fare. They must also have their business class seat. If the infant turns two on the day of the flight, they will need to carry an adult fare ticket and have their seat for the rest of the trip.

Changing tables are available in the lavatories. Bassinets are not available in Business Class.

Each passenger can bring one stroller and one car seat without additional cost. 

Strollers weighing more than 20 lbs (9 kgs) must be checked in at the ticket counter. All other strollers must be checked at the gate.

Business Class Lounge

American Airlines operates two lounges — Admirals Clubs and Flagship Lounges. 

As the more upscale between the two, Flagship Lounges are found in five international hubs in the US: Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW). Another one in Philadelphia (PHL) is coming soon. There’s also an International First Class lounge in London Heathrow (LHR).

On a Flagship Business class ticket, you’ll get to feast on the best lounge services on the day:

  • Chef-inspired meals
  • Personalized service
  • Specialty cocktail bar
  • Premium wine table
  • Expansive seating
  • Shower suites

American Airlines operates Admirals Clubs in almost 50 airports in the US and sprawled across Europe. While not as exquisite as the Flagship Lounges, Admirals Clubs still offer amenities and services that make any pre-flight comfortable, relaxing, and productive. They provide complimentary services such as the following:

  • House drinks
  • Personal travel assistance
  • Free digital magazines and newspapers

In some locations, they provide the following:

  • Made-to-order specialties
  • Business center and workspaces

If you want to access Admiral Clubs, you can apply for credit cards such as the Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®. You can also enjoy other perks such as:

  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles
  • Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit

What to Expect On Your Flight

Once aboard your American Airlines flight, you’ll find more than a few luxurious amenities. Kick back, relax, and enjoy your seamless flight experience. 

American Airlines has carefully thought of the in-flight experience it gives to its Business Class passengers. Have a look at this comprehensive list of amenities found in this premium Business Class cabin:

  • Each reclining seat can turn into a flat bed. You’ll find a plush Casper duvet from Casper and an ultra-soft pillow, plus a built-in ottoman that serves as a footrest
  • A small storage compartment that opens up to a headphone jack and a small vanity mirror 
  • Large tray tables with compartments where you can place your devices and other personal items like books and sunglasses 
  • Air nozzles that let you control the temperature at your seat
  • Bang & Olufsen noise-canceling headphones 
  • 15.4-in touch screen TV where you can watch a selection of blockbusters, TV shows, foreign films, documentaries, and many more. It comes with remote control, which you can use to select your favorite music and podcast.
  • WiFi that is priced based on how many hours you’re planning to access it
  • Amenity kits made by Shinola include socks, dental kits, eye masks, lip balm, and other skincare products from Brooklyn brand DS. & Durga
  • For long-haul flights like Hong Kong or New Zealand, Casper pajamas, slippers, and even a mattress pad are provided
  • Chef-designed meals that cater to various palates—meat-lovers and vegetarians alike
  • An assortment of alcoholic beverages such as champagne, premium spirits, carefully curated wines, craft beers, and cocktails 

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