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Know when to Upgrade!

AA Flight #2268 on Boeing 777-300
AA Flight #2268 on Boeing 777-300

On a recent trip to Miami, I decided to splurge a little. Typically, I am not bothered about where I am seated on the plane. Honestly, I don't mind flying on the wings as long as I reach my destination.

The flight cost me a little under $300. So when the invitation came to upgrade to first class for just $93, I took advantage of it. After all, my first-class experiences were all memorable. My last time flying first class on American Airlines was on a winter trip to Bermuda in 2016, and it was a great experience.

Here are things you should consider before upgrading with American Airlines:

Problem #1

No Lounge access: First-class gives lounge access on three domestic routes as well as all international routes. Otherwise, the fee for the Admirals Club is $59. The three domestic routes with lounge access for American Airlines are LAX to MIA, JFK to SFO, and JFK to LAX. So, if you're not flying one of these routes, lounge access with first-class isn't complimentary.


The experience was lackluster: The last time I flew first class was at 8:00 am, and I received champagne. Usually, I would receive a proper meal with actual utensils. Instead, I had a turkey sandwich and a half can of juice. I partially blame the health and safety protocols of the pandemic for this change in the food service. However, as a first-class option, this meal was not up to par.

My First Class meal
Turkey Sandwich and Cranberry Juice

The overall flight experience was great. The crew did a great job making sure I had everything I needed throughout the flight. But, word to the wise, before you upgrade, make sure it's worth it.

Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of any parties mentioned. None of the entities mentioned has reviewed, approved or endorsed the content listed in this post.


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