Usually, you’re going to have to fly pretty far to fly in American Airlines’ best lie-flat seats. However, the world’s largest airline will sometimes operate its internationally-configured aircraft on domestic routes.
And good news for those that are flying soon: in August 2022, American Airlines is operating 619 domestic flights with lie-flat seats upfront — slightly down from 632 flights in July. So, let’s show you where AA is operating these planes and how you can book them.
Routes With Lie-Flat Seats in August 2022
In August 2022, American Airlines is using either a Boeing 777 or 787 (Dreamliner) on 16 domestic routes. As the onboard product can vary between aircraft, let’s break down these routes by aircraft type.
Boeing 777-300ER (77W)
American Airlines’ true “Flagship” aircraft is its Boeing 777-300ER. On international flights, this aircraft operates with four different cabins: economy, premium economy, Flagship Business Class, and Flagship First Class.
On domestic routes, those are condensed to economy and (domestic) first class. So, passengers who book early enough may be able to select one of the eight Flagship First Class seats in rows 1 and 2.
If you can’t snag one of the first-class seats, the business class seats in rows 3-15 are excellent too.
On shorter flights (such as between Miami and New York), you won’t get any of the amenities that you would get on long-haul flights — such as the Casper bedding, noise-canceling headphones, and other amenities in the picture above. However, you will get some of these amenities on transcontinental flights (e.g. Miami to Los Angeles) and on flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Hawaii.
In August 2022, you’ll only find this aircraft operating on one round-trip route:
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse.
According to American Airlines’ schedule, here are the exact flights that are operating in August 2022 using the 777-300ER
Boeing 777-200 (772)
American Airlines’ “other” 777s are Boeing 777-200. This aircraft is arranged with three different cabins: economy, premium economy, and Flagship Business Class. But, the business-class seats vary between aircraft. Some are situated with a combination of forward- and rear-facing seats:
Others have all forward-facing business class seats in a reverse-herringbone seating arrangement:
You can find the American Airlines Boeing 777-200 operating on six domestic routes in August 2022:
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Honolulu (HNL) — and reverse
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to San Juan (SJU) — and reverse
- Miami (MIA) to New York Kennedy (JFK) — and reverse
According to American Airlines’ schedule, here are the exact flights that are operating in August 2022 using the 777-200:
Boeing 787-8 (788)
Business class on American Airlines’ Boeing 787-8 are the same forward- and rear-facing seats that you’ll find on some of the 777-200s:
You can find the Boeing 787-8 operating on six domestic routes in August 2022.
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA) — and reverse
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) — and reverse
- Miami (MIA) to Philadelphia (PHL) — and reverse
According to American Airlines’ schedule, here are the flights that are operating in August 2022 using the 787-8:
Boeing 787-9 (789)
Meanwhile, business class on American Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 are the same all forward-facing seats that you’ll find on the other 777-200s:
You can find the American Airlines Boeing 787-9 operating six routes in August 2022:
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) — and reverse
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Phoenix (PHX) — and reverse
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Maui (OGG) — and reverse
According to American Airlines’ schedule, here are the flights that are operating in August 2022 using the 787-9:
Best Ways to Book These Lie-Flat Flights With Miles
American Airlines AAdvantage
It’s a good idea to start your search with American Airlines. AAdvantage uses dynamic award pricing for American Airlines flights. So, you may be able to book some of these flights for pretty cheap using AAdvantage miles. However, AA may charge a premium for nonstop flights — particularly on these nice aircraft.
British Airways (or Iberia) Avios
Speaking of nonstop flights, your best option to book shorter nonstop American Airlines flights with saver award availability is British Airways Avios. As long as there’s saver award availability, you can pay as few as 16,500 Avios for a nonstop business class flight on the 1,121-mile route between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Miami (MIA):
Chase Ultimate Rewards
The cash rates for business class on some of these flights are fairly reasonable. That means that using Chase Ultimate Rewards to book a cash flight through the Chase Travel Portal could be the best way to snag one of these lie-flat seats.
For example, you can fly in the international business class cabin on American Airlines’ Boeing 787 between Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Phoenix (PHX) for $407 one-way. Chase Sapphire Reserve® cardholders can book this flight for 27,107 Ultimate Rewards points each way through the Chase Travel Portal. Or, if you have the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, you’d need to pay 32,528 points:
It’s always nice to get to try out a premium seat when flying domestically. However, the extra space and privacy are especially valuable as airline passengers ditch their masks as the pandemic continues. If you’re traveling this month, look out for these internationally-configured aircraft when booking flights. And make sure to consider all of the ways — miles, points, and cash — that you can use to book these tickets.