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American Airlines Offers Upgrades That Don’t Break the Bank

American Airlines Offers Upgrades That Don’t Break the Bank
Scott Dylan

American Airlines is offering passengers an elevated product that won’t necessarily break the bank. The Main Cabin Extra option from American Airlines offers people who would normally be economy passengers a little taste of the finer things in life without dramatically raising the cost of a ticket.

It has been developed to bridge the gap between bare-bones tickets that leave much to be desired and business-class tickets that don’t exactly go easy on the wallet. While Main Cabin Extra has been around for a while, American continues to enhance the product and provide better and better perks for people who opt to spend a few extra bucks when booking seats.

Main Cabin Extra promises to give passengers a little more of everything they want. The seats in this zone offer an impressive six extra inches of legroom compared to what passengers flying in economy are used to. What’s more, passengers with Main Cabin Extra tickets get the very coveted perk of getting early access to the plane’s overhead bins.

Passengers with Main Cabin Extra tickets board in boarding group five and are allowed one personal item and one carry-on bag for free (starting in September, Basic Economy fliers will also get a free carry-on). That’s something to consider in an industry where bag allowances are getting more restrictive and bag-based fees are rising higher than ever.

American has rolled some very pampering perks into its Main Cabin Extra tickets. Passengers traveling on routes that serve alcohol can receive free beer, wine and spirits as of this summer. Free movies and television shows are also in the mix for passengers who decide to try out American’s Main Cabin Extra product (as it is for all American Airlines customers). Entertainment can be enjoyed on a screen or using a personal device. American even allows Main Cabin Extra customers to stream entertainment on their personal devices if they purchase Wi-Fi.

The best part about American’s new Main Cabin Extra seating is that some passengers won’t actually have to pay more for this option at all. Travelers with AAdvantage Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum membership will qualify for Main Cabin Extra seating automatically when they book tickets. In addition, Oneworld Emerald members will also be eligible to upgrade to this option free of charge.


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View Comments (7)


  1. YankinOz

    August 1, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    This schlock has to be a paid advertisement from AA, right? Shouldn’t it say so somewhere?

  2. Global321

    August 1, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t get the purpose of this “story”.

    1. “impressive 6 inches”. Nat all that impressive.
    2. You mention early boarding twice.
    3. You mention “perks” for MCE that are available to all passengers:
    – Everyone, except basic economy, gets a bag and a personal item
    – Movies and TV shows are free for everyone
    4. MCE being available for AA elites is not news. It has always been available.

    Really, it seems written by someone who just started flying and didn’t do much research.

  3. strickerj

    August 1, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    I don’t see what’s new here – wasn’t free drinks always part of MCE? And isn’t one carryon bag and one personal item included in standard coach? As for the entertainment, this may be new to American, but Delta has had free streaming video on your own device for a while.

  4. webmarks

    August 2, 2018 at 4:57 am

    This article seems pretty shill-y.

  5. Superjeff

    August 2, 2018 at 7:14 am

    yes, AA is now providing wine, beer, and spirits in MCE. But not 6 inches more legroom – it is more like 3-4 inches at best (the new 737 MAX 8 products, and soon their other planes which are scheduled to be reconfigured, will have 30 inches in regular economy and 33 inches in MCE). Better than 30 inches, but still less than the 34 inches which was the required minimum before deregulation in 1978. And movies are generally free on AA to all economy passengers.

  6. 1jvernie

    August 2, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Does any of this encourage brand loyalty? Travelers who used to be loyal to the AA brand receive the same perks as everyone else. Nothing special here. Alcohol is not an incentive for me.

  7. sddjd


    August 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Not to mention that just two days ago I had to “prove” to the cabin crew that MCE passengers have beer & wine included by showing her AA’s website for MCE. There seems to be a focused effort by AA crews to resist publicizing this on flights…

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