Passengers on American Airlines will soon be able to book Premium Economy seats as a separate class service.
Don Casey, senior vice president of revenue management for the airline, told USA Today that the airline will begin selling Premium Economy as a fourth cabin category, starting with flights in April of next year.
The new adjustable leather seats are currently available aboard the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on routes between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles, though the full cabin experience—including free amenity kits, complimentary drinks, and an enhanced meal experience—will arrive aboard international flights starting next month.
The full Premium Economy cabin experience will be available on routes from Dallas to São Paolo starting November 3, to Madrid starting November 4, to Paris starting January 9, and to Seoul starting February 16.
At the moment, they will continue to sell as part of the “Main Cabin Extra” seats, and elite customers can reserve the seats without an additional fee. The airline could not provide further information on what the price will look like for customers who want to make the upgrade at this time.
They also have not confirmed an official date in April for the service, however The Points Guy suggests April 2 after searching seat maps on ExpertFlyer and noticing that is the first date the premium economy seats are blocked out.
“The Premium Economy rows are being blocked prior to its first departure as its own class of service; therefore when the class of service goes on sale, the seats will be unblocked and sold as Premium Economy,” a spokesperson from the airline told The Points Guy.
The airline did not confirm this will be the starting date, but customers can expect sales for the service to start early next year.