|Quoting Lincoln (Reply 3):|
I'm going to sound like an annoying prick (and I can be when necessary) but once when I found myself unable to reserve a window* seat I just kept calling res until I got someone who was able to swing me into window seat in the exit row. -- I wold call once in the morning, afternoon, and sometimes late in the evening and just ask very nicely -- after 2 or three days it worked out for me)
I used to work in AA
Res. Calling multiple times a day won't help because the "soft" agent is not able to put you in the exit row. It's blocked from the agents as well. The only way to assign you the blocked seats is if you have a full fare basis (meaning you paid the fully refundable high fare) or if you have AAdvantage Gold status or Oneworld Ruby status (From BA
elite status perhaps). It's possible you might have that, and if so, once you input your Frequent Flyer number in your reservation, these seats show up on AA
.com for you to book.
In this case what I do for friends, and it is quite effective, is to check the seat map once per day while I am at work for them. That is the exact same thing as checking it on AA
.com once per day, because people do change their reservations and seats do open up. I have found the seats tend to move around quite a bit more frequently the closer to departure you get.
As far as whether or not you have to get off the plane, in the US, all passengers are required to deplane and go through customs and immigration at the first point of entry. So, you will have to deplane in ORD
and clear customs and immigration and then you'll be on AA55 ORD
as a domestic flight. I did check, and AA
is planned to be a 767-300 as well, so it might be the same aircraft, but not necessarily. This kind of detail is subject to change even after it lands in ORD
, as there might be a maintenance issue, or the 767 might need to be routed somewhere for maintenance that night, etc. So it's anybody's guess.
Good luck on your seats!