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Old Jan 11, 18, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by mrapollinax View Post
Question about checked luggage as a Gold. Does my 1 checked bag allowance carry over to others on the same reservation? Does my wife, 2 kids and myself all get the checked luggage fee for the first bag waived? This is how it's worked for me in the past with other programs but I want to make sure this is also the case with AA. Thanks!
Yes, that's how it works.
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Old Jan 11, 18, 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by thunderlounge View Post
Are you sure it’s going to be a Zodiac and not a B/E seat? What flight is it?
Hard to tell. It's AA68 MIA MAD on 30 Jan. American seat selection shows a layout that matches 777-200 version 3 on Seatguru (2 class, 2 biz cabins, 10 rows in Biz) but American's website doesn't have any arrows on the seats indicating backwards facing seats, Seatguru shows an alternating layout (https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Am..._777-200_C.php) and, to make it even more confusing, some pax reviews say that some seats are rear facing, and some say that all are forward facing... so I'm not sure.
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Old Jan 11, 18, 4:10 pm
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Originally Posted by flyingeph12 View Post


The Lavs and galley are closer to Row 6 than they are to Row 7.

You might find this thread helpful:
https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...t-seats-4.html
Wow, thank you... that's 29 pages of reading material 😂
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Old Jan 11, 18, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
Hard to tell. It's AA68 MIA MAD on 30 Jan. American seat selection shows a layout that matches 777-200 version 3 on Seatguru (2 class, 2 biz cabins, 10 rows in Biz) but American's website doesn't have any arrows on the seats indicating backwards facing seats, Seatguru shows an alternating layout (https://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Am..._777-200_C.php) and, to make it even more confusing, some pax reviews say that some seats are rear facing, and some say that all are forward facing... so I'm not sure.
This is a 37J with PE aircraft. All seats should face forward.

Seatguru is useless/out of date here.
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Old Jan 11, 18, 5:29 pm
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
Wow, thank you... that's 29 pages of reading material 😂
Unless you start with the Wikipost at the top of the page.

Friends, forget SeatGuru s being definitive. It is way not.
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Old Jan 11, 18, 8:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
This is a 37J with PE aircraft. All seats should face forward.

Seatguru is useless/out of date here.
Thanks! Yes, I noticed about SeatGuru. So now that I know which config it is, and that all seats are forward any recommendations for the best seat to sleep through the flight?

Based on what I know so far, I changed to 10L - if no screaming baby at the front of the coach cabin (fingers crossed) then that should be one of the most quiet and undisturbed seats, right?

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Old Jan 11, 18, 8:08 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
Unless you start with the Wikipost at the top of the page.

Friends, forget SeatGuru s being definitive. It is way not.
So I guess that page isn't relevant after all since my flight will have a different configuration - all forward facing seats, and if my guess is correct, that also means that they are not the Zodiac seats with the built in VibraShare (TM), right?
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Old Jan 11, 18, 8:32 pm
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Correct. If forward facing, which the majority of the 37J config are, they will be the B/E Aerospace seats.
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Old Jan 11, 18, 9:03 pm
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
So I guess that page isn't relevant after all since my flight will have a different configuration - all forward facing seats, and if my guess is correct, that also means that they are not the Zodiac seats with the built in VibraShare (TM), right?
You won’t have the “Motion Over the Ocean” (TM) pushmi-pullyu Zodiac “Concept D” seats (possibly named because AA chose to strip down the model used in the 77W to a cheaper seat, getting the AA project manager a D grade fir efforts and firing Zodiac for not being able to fulfill a contest for other than the OEM seat).

You will have the reverse herringbone B/E Aerospace Super Diamond Solo seat discussed here: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...eat-seats.html. Chart in second post.
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Old Jan 11, 18, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
You won’t have the “Motion Over the Ocean” (TM) pushmi-pullyu Zodiac “Concept D” seats (possibly named because AA chose to strip down the model used in the 77W to a cheaper seat, getting the AA project manager a D grade fir efforts and firing Zodiac for not being able to fulfill a contest for other than the OEM seat).

You will have the reverse herringbone B/E Aerospace Super Diamond Solo seat discussed here: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...eat-seats.html. Chart in second post.
Cool. And Seatguru's layout (displayed there) is incorrect, in that all seats are forward facing.
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Old Jan 12, 18, 7:51 am
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Is it necessary to be at least AA Gold in order to use 500 mile upgrades?
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Old Jan 12, 18, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
Cool. And Seatguru's layout (displayed there) is incorrect, in that all seats are forward facing.
If the flight has the B/E Aerospace seats rather than the Zodiac seats, then indeed they are all forward facing. I haven’t actually flown on a 772 with this configuration, but I think Row 10 (assuming no infants in the front of the PE cabin) would be least likely to be disturbed (no foot traffic, etc.).
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Old Jan 12, 18, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by danger View Post
Is it necessary to be at least AA Gold in order to use 500 mile upgrades?
Yes.
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Old Jan 12, 18, 8:04 am
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Originally Posted by EU-US View Post
Thanks! Yes, I noticed about SeatGuru. So now that I know which config it is, and that all seats are forward any recommendations for the best seat to sleep through the flight?

Based on what I know so far, I changed to 10L - if no screaming baby at the front of the coach cabin (fingers crossed) then that should be one of the most quiet and undisturbed seats, right?
10L should be good. Haven't flown in this seat specifically, but do not believe there are any bad seats on this bird.
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Old Jan 13, 18, 5:00 pm
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Not sure if this belongs here but I was upgraded from a member to Gold via code: HV18G. The articles online claim I should have received 10 500m upgrade certs but I still have 0... Basically gold seems completely valueless to me without these certs (no E+, no chance of an upgrade). Am I missing something?
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