Well, it’s off on another mileage run tomorrow! As usual, I’m heading to Dallas on American Airlines. It will be out and back on American A321’s, with visits to the Admirals Club/Airspace Lounge at SAN and the Centurion Lounge DFW. However, there is one thing that will make this trip special: I’ll be flying Main Cabin Extra on the outbound!
For those of you who don’t know, Main Cabin Extra is American’s extra-legroom economy product, which means that you get about six inches of additional legroom. You also get group one boarding and being closer to the front of the plane means that you are able to get off the plane faster.
How much did this cost? Drum roll please…
Zero dollars! For a while I didn’t understand why. You see, there are a few ways to get Main Cabin Extra. You can buy it outright, you can pay full fare for an economy ticket, or you can get it for free or at a reduced price as an elite benefit. American Platinums and Executive Platinums get it for free, as do Alaska MVP Golds and MVP Gold 75k’s, as well as other Oneworld elites. Alaska Airlines MVP’s (like me) and American Golds get it for a reduced price, or for free 24 hours before departure when seats are available. I only recalled the bit about them being 50% off for MVP members, so I was a little confused when we were able to get them for free.
I suppose our flight had a pretty light load, so there was enough space that American could start making extra legroom seating free for lower level elites.
I’m excited for my first economy plus experience, and I’ll make sure to review it here!