Main Cabin Extra

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.

Early boarding

Be one of the first to board after elite members with Preferred Group 5 boarding and get easier access to overhead bin space.*

Boarding process

Extra legroom

Sit back and relax with more room to stretch out at the front of the Main Cabin.

Free carry-on

You can bring 1 personal item and 1 bag with you for free. See all the restrictions before you board.

Checked baggage policy

Free snacks and drinks

Beer, wine and spirits are on us; plus the free snacks and soft drinks. Additional food or drinks may be available for free or to buy, depending on your route.**

Main Cabin food

Free entertainment

Enjoy free movies and TV shows – on screen or your device.

Inflight entertainment


You can buy Wi-Fi on select aircraft so you never miss a beat while you’re on board.

Wi-Fi and connectivity

Book your seat

Look for the Main Cabin Extra icon when you choose your seats.

Book a flight and buy Main Cabin Extra

If you've already booked your flight, you can still buy a Main Cabin Extra seat. If you bought a Basic Economy ticket, boarding and carry-on restrictions still apply.

Change your seat

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.

American Airlines app

Elite member access

Who gets complimentary Main Cabin Extra seats?

  • AAdvantage® Executive Platinum, Platinum Pro and Platinum members
  • oneworld® SapphireSM and oneworld® EmeraldSM members
  • Customers who buy a full-fare Main Cabin ticket before August 30, 2017****

All listed members are allowed complimentary access for up to 8 traveling companions on the same reservation.

AAdvantage Gold and oneworld® RubySM members

  • Gold members who buy Main Cabin Extra seats on or after September 5, 2018 will no longer receive a 50% discount
  • Enjoy complimentary access within 24 hours of departure when seats are available

Other restrictions

Basic Economy fare tickets aren't eligible for complimentary/discounted access to Main Cabin Extra seats.

*Overhead bin space availability varies by aircraft

**Free alcohol is available on flights with full drink service

***For travel ticketed in booking code Y on or after August 30, 2017, you'll no longer get complimentary Main Cabin Extra or Preferred seats. This includes AAnytime awards booked in Main Cabin.

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