Main Cabin Extra
A little more of everything
Enjoy more space with Main Cabin Extra seating, starting at $20. Seats are located in Main Cabin and offered on most flights, subject to availability.
Be one of the first to board after AAdvantage® status members with Preferred Group 5 boarding and get easier access to overhead bin space.*
Sit back and relax with more room to stretch out at the front of the Main Cabin.
You can bring 1 personal item and 1 bag with you for free. See all the restrictions before you board.
Complimentary snacks and drinks
Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and spirits; plus free Biscoff cookies or mini pretzels and soft drinks. Additional food may be available for free, depending on your route.**
Enjoy free movies and TV shows – on screen or your device.
You can buy Wi-Fi on select aircraft so you never miss a beat while you’re on board.
*Overhead bin space availability varies by aircraft.
**On flights with full drink service. The number of drinks served may be limited.
Book your seat
Look for the Main Cabin Extra icon when you choose your seats.
If you've already booked your flight, you can still buy a Main Cabin Extra seat. If you bought a Basic Economy ticket, boarding restrictions still apply.
AAdvantage® members can now use miles to reserve Main Cabin Extra seats.
You can buy Main Cabin Extra through Reservations, select travel agencies and airport self-service kiosks. If you have a credit card stored in your AAdvantage® profile, you can also buy on our mobile app.
AAdvantage® status member access
Who gets complimentary Main Cabin Extra seats?
- AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum Pro® and AAdvantage Platinum® members
- oneworld® Sapphire and Emerald members with elite status on Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, Qatar Airways or Japan Airlines
All listed members are allowed complimentary access for up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation.
AAdvantage Gold® and oneworld® Ruby members*
Enjoy complimentary access within 24 hours of departure when seats are available.
*oneworld® Ruby members with elite status on Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, Qatar Airways or Japan Airlines
- We make every effort to ensure you get your chosen seat, but seat assignments are not guaranteed.
- We reserve the right to change seats for operational, safety or security reasons.
- You must check in at least 60 minutes before departure for international flights and 45 minutes for domestic flights within the U.S. Also, make sure you arrive at the gate 15 minutes before departure or you may lose your seat.
Main Cabin Extra seats
- Main Cabin Extra seats are on select flights operated by American Airlines and American Eagle and subject to availability.
- Seats are non-transferable and valid only on the flight purchased.
- We reserve the right to discontinue the sale of seats or refuse to sell seats to a passenger.
- Fees for seats are non-refundable with some exceptions.
Refunds issued for seats
We'll issue you a refund if:
- You pay to upgrade to First or Business
- You pay more for another seat on the same flight (but not if you change to a lower priced or free seat)
- You cancel your flight within 24 hours and booked at least 2 days before departure
- You cancel, rebook and buy seats on your new flight
- We cancel your flight and we're unable to get you a comparable seat on another flight rebooked by us*
- We delay your flight causing you to miss a connection and we're unable to get you a comparable seat on another flight*
- You’re denied boarding on an oversold flight and we're unable to get you a comparable seat*
*Unable to get you a comparable seats is defined as moving from Main Cabin Extra to a preferred or other Main Cabin seat or from an aisle / window Main Cabin Extra seat to a middle Main Cabin Extra seat
Request a refund or voucher
You can request a refund online if you paid for seats and you make changes to parts of your reservation, and you lose your paid seats on the unchanged segments.
You can request a voucher for the value of your non-refundable seat if you cancel your trip during the coronavirus travel period and booked by March 31, 2021.
Keep in mind you need to submit separate refund requests for your flights, seats and other purchases.