Which leg are you referring to?
I can't speak for JFK
, but work on the basis that LAX
will be 100% in August. In Y you have almost next to no chance of having an empty seat anywhere, let alone next to you!
Do you have AAdvantage status (or any other OW
status)? If so you can book seats for free. If no it costs $25 to book seats, which I would recommend as well worth it. For $25 having piece of mind knowing that you won't end up in the middle seat for 14 hours is worth every seat IMHO.