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extra legroom for mid-tier elites

extra legroom for mid-tier elites

  1. Anonymous

    A few years ago I was gold or platinum (can’t remember) at Delta. They introduced C+ and folks like me could no longer select extra-legroom seats at booking. Since an extra-legroom aisle seat is about the only perk that matters to me (as upgrades are hens’ teeth at my level), I switched to United where they have Economy Plus and I can book them. Now United is talking about Premium Economy starting to roll out in the spring. I’m platinum with United. And while I like the United Club card, it’s a bit of a slog to fly United from where I am, and I’ll be fine with switching my business.

    Now, since I can only “see” the United mid-tier experience, I was wondering if anyone here could tell me if mid-tiers at Delta or American can select extra-legroom seats at booking? And is there a difference in this between domestic and overseas travel?

    For any answers: Thanks!

  2. rickyw

    Someone else can chime in on Delta, but re: American, as long as you are Platinum, Platinum Pro or Executive Platinum… you can select any available seat at booking. If you are Gold (entry level status), you get 50% off the better seat options at booking, or can select whatever is still available for free within 24 hours of your flight.

    Same story for domestic and international travel. Premium Economy is a separate booking altogether, nobody gets that for free as an elite. The only exception is Executive Platinums can be upgraded into Premium Economy for free at check-in at the airport (if space is available).

  3. OCTinPHL

    [QUOTE=”rickyw, post: 61695, member: 1436″]If you are Gold (entry level status), you get 50% off the better seat options at booking, or can select whatever is still available for free within 24 hours of your flight.
    [/QUOTE]

    The only problem is AA flights are going out much more crowded (w/ elites). A Gold may not get a free MCE (or PE) seat at T-24. I am on a 332 PHL to SFO this coming week. Booked last weekend. When I booked every almost every PE seat was taken, as was just about every MCE seat (center rows 25/26 were open). At T-100 there are perhaps a just dozen MCE seats open (Waiting for my SWU to clear. 🙂 ) And except for bulkhead and exit rows I don’t think MCE on the LUS planes really have more legroom. I heard the right side of the 332 does?

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