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Old Aug 11, 18, 9:14 am
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wjbesh
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: NY, NY
Programs: AA CK
Posts: 87
AA's online interface isn't the best for this, but there's a way to do it (at least sometimes) for J fares, though this won't work for most international first fares (what you'll see is actually an A fare, not an F fare). Assuming that you're looking for full fare business in a 3/4 class cabin and not domestic first in a 2 class cabin which would often be an F fare.

If you search for a flight on AA.com, in the upper left hand side of the results page, there are two boxes, "Lowest Fare" and "Flexible", and "Lowest Fare" is automatically selected whenever you do a search (so the fares you're seeing are discounted business fares under the "Business" column). If you select "Flexible", you'll often see the J fare listed under the "Business Flexible" column that shows up. You can check which fare is selected by continuing with the booking and looking on the "Review and Pay" page after you've selected seats, etc. The "AAdvantage earnings for this trip" section has a link to "Show AAdvantage earnings", in which you can see the fare for the ticket...which should be a J fare.

I only have experience with this for international AA flights, so I'm not 100% sure it's always the same for domestic, but I just ran through a few dummy domestic transcon bookings and it worked for that as well. Although this has worked for me for TATL and TAPC business flights I've taken in the past, I guess it's possible that for whatever reason AA's weak online interface would show a non-J fare under "Flexible Business" for a certain itinerary (though I haven't seen it do that before), at which point I'd just call AA to book as the agents should be able to see all available fares.
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