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AA Business Extra
If trying to upgrade using a business extra certificate from coach to business (JFK to LAX), how far ahead does the upgrade inventory open? And how does one check the inventory online?
If you are an executive platinum, when you search for the flights online on aa.com (just as you normally would), the availability is the same as systemwide upgrade award space, which should be viewable under every flight option.
If you don’t have that status, the only other way would be to use expertflyer and set an alert for when space becomes available.
Or, you could just keep calling in to ask an agent to check.
Unfortunately, there is no rhyme or reason to what time upgrade inventory opens.