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User currently offlineBlingbling From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Hey - I am a gold memeber of AA Advantage and I just booked coach tickets from AUS-BOS in November 2001.

I looked at the seating charts on AA.com, and they showed that First -class was completely empty on every single flight I am taking. Is this normal, is first class normally hardly booked 2 months before a flight?

From your experience, do I hav ea good shot at getting upgraded? With the gold card, and seeing no one in first class, I was thinking I had a pretty good chance. But, the date is still far away.

Thanks for any hints, tips, answers, or recommendations.
Take Care,


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User currently offlineTraveler From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 241 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1482 times:


I have often been upgraded in Business or First. You have to have a great smile, be polite, arrive as early as possible and ask who you should speak to in case they say they can't do anything about it.

Furthermore, take a llok at the staff before going to the counter and find someone who you think may upgrade you


User currently offlineMadmax From United States of America, joined May 2000, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

BlingBling: Nice name, You have an ok chance of getting in 1st w/gold. Much better if you were plat or execplat. The reason you see 1st is empty is because most people that fly in 1st are waiting for the time 72-24 hrs before the flight that they can get upgraded, doing the same thing your doing. Also i doubt aa feels like updating their seating charts online is important. Hope this helps.

User currently offlineJason Seiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1465 times:

First Class also fills up near departure time with last minute travelers (business travelers) who either have to buy a first class ticket since coach is full or pay full fare and get upgraded for that reason.

On American, upgrades are much more likely if you were a higher frequent flyer elite level member than Gold.

User currently offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

Well if you have certificates you have to wait until 24 hours before the flight.

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