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Jim_Laraine
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AA Seat Assignments
      #1740948 - 08/15/17 09:01 AM (208.78.55.75)

Not sure if this has been discussed befor but when we booked our AA tickets back in May for the flight to SXM July 31, we got good seats on all flights except PHL to SXM. We had to take center seats or pay $50 to $100 for the "Better Seats".

I started googling and found that AA saves a lot of seats to the last minute for their frequency fliers. It turns out that they release all the seats 24 hours before boarding time.

Sure enough, checked back 24 hours ahead and there were all sorts of seats. Most passengers had an empty center seat between them when we boarded.


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Carol_HillAdministrator
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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: Jim_Laraine]
      #1740953 - 08/15/17 09:57 AM (47.192.5.2)

It seems like AA is really overdoing it on their upcharge for specific seats. On our return to the US from SXM in June, basically the whole front of the plane was empty, which actually would not be a good thing, as far as weight distribution in the air. So the cabin attendant was stopping people as they got on and re-seating them up front. We were originally in row 25 or something and got re-seated in row 16 (which is our anniversary!! ), with three seats for the two of us, as almost everyone else was, unless there were three people together.

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SXMScubaman
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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1740955 - 08/15/17 10:39 AM (24.22.151.53)

Alaska Air does the same thing. When we check in online 24 hours before flight we always get up front isle seats. Just did it on our round trip last week to Alaska.

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GaKaye
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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: Jim_Laraine]
      #1741034 - 08/16/17 09:27 AM (174.193.129.64)

Yup. Even though I selected seats when I booked our flights several months ago, when I look now we have no seats, and there's a notation that they can't assign seats at this time and we should check back or get our seats at check-in.

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Carol_HillAdministrator
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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: GaKaye]
      #1741037 - 08/16/17 09:41 AM (47.192.5.2)

Can you see seats at all? If not, or if the plane looks pretty full, I would call them on the phone and get seats assigned, to make sure they aren't overbooked. I wonder if they changed equipment, and that's why your seats went away?

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Beevly
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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1741040 - 08/16/17 09:51 AM (73.186.214.178)

Same thing for us - November AA SXM to CLT switched to a A319 and won't assign seats, at least in Business. I called and they still won't assign.

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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: Beevly]
      #1741041 - 08/16/17 09:53 AM (47.192.5.2)

Now that would really make me nervous, because I would bet when it comes down to it, they don't have enough seats in business...

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kim
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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1741043 - 08/16/17 10:11 AM (24.181.183.47)

Something I found out. Recently booked flights SXM-MIA using points. My husband has "gold" status and I do not. When I booked my ticket and our sons, ONLY middle crappy seats were available in the back of the plane. When I booked my husbands, same amount of points, he has great choices. I booked (two different locator numbers). Preceded to call AA and play stupid and ask if seats were available near my husband. Sure enough they moved us to his row!!! All same amount of points, just he has more "elite" status than we do!

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The_Lurker
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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1741093 - 08/16/17 05:09 PM (24.44.41.166)

Our flight time was changed about 15 minutes, but the flight number was different.....still have the same seats.
November also.
One never knows with AA.

Edited by The_Lurker (08/16/17 05:28 PM)


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GaKaye
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Re: AA Seat Assignments [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1741097 - 08/16/17 06:06 PM (174.193.129.64)

When I looked today, the seats were showing again. We have the same seats we originally booked. I guess there was just some kind of glitch yesterday.

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