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If space is available, AAdvantage® status members will automatically receive a complimentary upgrade:
Plus, now all AAdvantage® status members can upgrade on AAdvantage® award tickets.
If possible, upgrades will be confirmed before departure based on status.
After you book your flight, you can view your reservation from 'Manage trips' to check the status of your upgrade.
|On American||AAdvantage Executive Platinum®||AAdvantage Platinum Pro®||AAdvantage Platinum®||AAdvantage Gold®|
|Unlimited, auto-requested complimentary upgrades (including award tickets)||available||available||available||available|
|Complimentary upgrade for 1 companion traveling with you on the same flight*||available||available||available||available|
|Upgrades confirmed before departure
(as early as)
|100 hours||72 hours||48 hours||24 hours|
Upgrades on American are valid on American marketed and operated flights, within and between the U.S. (including Hawaii) and between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America (based on availability). Upgrades are valid from the Main Cabin to the next class of service.
*Your travel companion can be booked in the same reservation or in a different reservation when traveling on American Airlines marketed and operated flights. If your companion is booked in a different reservation, call American Airlines reservations to link the two reservations.
You're prioritized together on the airport priority list based on the member with the higher status or 12-month rolling Loyalty Point value.
If your upgrade is confirmed, we'll send an email to the address in your AAdvantage® profile to let you know you've been upgraded.
If you're not upgraded right away, we'll keep checking for upgrade availability – up to 3 hours before your flight.
As soon as your upgrade window opens, we'll attempt to confirm in this order:
If the upgrade type and 12-month rolling Loyalty Points value are the same we’ll look at the booking code then date/time of the request to determine prioritization.
You'll automatically be added to the airport upgrade standby list when you check in with American. Your priority at the airport is based on:
If the upgrade type and 12-month rolling Loyalty Point value are the same we’ll look at the booking code then date/time of the request to determine prioritization.
*Systemwide and mileage award upgrade requests will be processed independently of complimentary status upgrades prior to arriving at the airport.
Checking in with another airline? If your first flight is on another airline, you won't automatically be added to the standby list. You'll need to see an American agent to be added to the list.
AAdvantage® status members receive complimentary upgrades on Alaska Airlines.