American Airlines Cabin Class Changes

For flights from Jan 11 onward, American Airlines has made changes to how they code their US Domestic First Class cabin on 2-cabin flights. 3-cabin flights (such as JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO) are not affected by the change.

While still marketed as a “First Class” product, internally the cabin is being treated as a Business class cabin. As such the fare, upgrade, and award classes for 2-cabin US domestic flights have changed for flights departing Jan 11 onward:

Changes for American Airlines First Cabin Class Codes

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In summary:

Paid Class Changes
F -> J
A -> I
P -> D
Upgrade Class Changes
X -> R (as before, not viewable on ExpertFlyer)
A -> C
Award Class Changes
Z -> U

What this means for ExpertFlyer Subscribers

First, you will be searching for a different First Award or Upgrade class for 2-cabin US Domestic flights departing Jan 11. These changes are also noted in the class code descriptions of the Award & Upgrade search.

In addition, if you have a Flight Alert for the First cabin on 2-cabin US Domestic flight departing Jan 11 onward, then your Flight Alert needs to be updated as per the table above. To do so:

  • Login to your ExpertFlyer account
  • Go to the View Saved Alerts page
  • In the Flight Alerts section, delete the existing Flight Alert
  • Create a new Flight Alert from either the Flight Availability or Award & Upgrade results pages or the Create New Flight Alert page.

If you have any questions about these changes or your alerts, please email us at customercare@expertflyer.com

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