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Monday, December 25, 2017

A New American Airlines Systemwide Upgrade Policy You Will Like

I bet you didn't know that your American Airlines systemwide upgrades don't really "expire" at the end of January!  Even the ticket agents don't know this secret!

Yes, your systemwide upgrades are removed from your account at the end of January, but you can book a trip using them up until 3 months after they expire IF:

1.  You book the trip before January 31
2.  You take the trip before April 30
3.  You are immediately confirmed for the upgrade

Recently I realized I had two expiring systemwide upgrades for my Executive Platinum status.  A very helpful agent told me that there was a new policy (which I cannot find anywhere online) for using your systemwide upgrades.  I looked using this method for trips to London and found a perfect flight for me with upgrades available for two persons.

Find upgrade availability:

1. Log in to
2. When booking your flight on, look for the Systemwide upgrades link to find flights with upgrade seats available.  Make sure if you want travel and upgrades for more than one person, that you indicate that in the number of persons traveling.  There are many flights with only one upgrade available and this may not work for your plans.
3. “Systemwide upgrades” will be displayed if there are enough upgrades available on the flight for the number of passengers you are requesting, and you have the appropriate number of upgrades in your account.

I called the Executive Platinum line to book the flights.  I had to tell the agent that day about the new policy. She read the "fine print" and said that I was right.  Of course I had to pay for an economy ticket, but I will have a business class flat seat and intercontinental amount of miles added to my Aadvantage account.

RxTip: Consider looking at to find an inexpensive flight option if you are not sure where you want to go, then begin looking for upgrade availability.

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