A colleague of mine is flying American Airlines this week. He has no status with them and when he goes to select his seat assignments for his flight, American offers him Main Cabin Extra and Preferred seating options for a fee.
American waves this fee for its Gold, Platinum, and Executive Platinum members, along with US Airways Chairman, Platinum, and Gold Members. Silver members are not included in the verbiage. According to AA:
AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum members and their oneworld equivalents, as well as Dividend Miles Preferred members* and customers who purchase a full-fare Main Cabin ticket receive complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra seats. This benefit was offered to Gold status members to celebrate the launch of our new seating product and was set to expire on December 31, 2013. We have good news — we’ve extended it through February 28, 2014!
We know the extra legroom is important to you when traveling in the Main Cabin, so starting March 1, 2014, we are pleased to offer AAdvantage Gold and oneworld Ruby members, as well as Dividend Miles Silver Preferred members^ two ways to access Main Cabin Extra seats:
- Purchase Main Cabin Extra for 50% off
- Enjoy complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra within 24 hours of departure (if seats are available)
Preferred Seats continue to be complimentary for all of our AAdvantage elite status customers and their oneworld equivalents**, Dividend Miles Preferred members**, 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. Gold status members may select Main Cabin Extra seats at flight check-in through self-service check-in machines, aa.com or aa.com mobile.
*AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum, oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members. Dividend Miles Chairman’s Preferred, Gold Preferred and Platinum Preferred members, Alaska Airlines MVP® Gold and MVP® Gold 75K customers and up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation.
A colleague of mine just added his US Airways Silver number to an American Airlines reservation. He had to call the AA call center to do this. Sure enough, after loading his US Airways Silver number to the reservation, the website then offered him the main cabin extra and preferred seats for $0. He added them successfully.