March 27, 2017
American Airlines Finally Launching Premium Economy!
American Airlines first announced that it would be adding premium economy on its international aircraft back in 2015 but hadn’t officially started selling tickets until today. Since 2015, American has retrofitted its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the new seats. You can book premium economy on the following routes starting March 26 for flights beginning May 4, 2017.
- Dallas (DFW)- Sao Paulo (GRU), Madrid (MAD), Paris (CDG), Seoul (ICN)
- Chicago (ORD)- Paris (CDG) for flights between July 5, 2017-August 5, 2017
A lot of flyers who haven’t experienced premium economy can be under the impression that it’s similar to economy seats with extra legroom. This isn’t exactly the case. Premium economy is marketed as a product somewhere in between economy class and business class. You’ll get leather seats with 38 inches of pitch which are 19 inches wide. They have a touchscreen in-flight entertainment system with a larger monitor, a footrest, noise-reducing headphones, better meals than economy class, free alcohol, an amenity kit, two free checked bags, and group 4 boarding. Every seat also comes with power adapters and USB ports so you can keep your devices charged in the air.
It looks like prices for premium economy start at just $200 more than economy tickets. That’s a pretty good deal if you’re on a long international flight since you won’t be packed like a can of sardines. The exact price depends on the date of travel and route, and it looks like it could cost up to $800 more than economy on American’s most popular routes.
Note the following details for AAdvantage members:
- Members will be able to upgrade from Main Cabin Economy and Premium Economy to Business Class.
- Members won’t be able to upgrade from Main Cabin to Premium Economy yet.
- Members won’t be able to redeem miles for Premium Economy award tickets yet.
- Premium Economy tickets will earn 1.5 EQMs per mile flown.
I’ve flown premium economy on Lufthansa and Singapore airlines already and I generally like the product. It’s nowhere near as luxurious as the lie-flat seats and fine dining you get in business or first class, but it’s infinitely more comfortable than economy since you have a decent amount of room to stretch out on long flights. What do you guys think of premium economy?
Featured Image Courtesy of American Airlines