American Airlines Assigned Seating
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If you check in at the 24-hour mark, there's a decent chance you'll at least get two seats in the same row (window+aisle most likely). Then, whoever's in the middle seat would almost certainly be happy to switch. Another option is to ask at the airport -- some seats are blocked for selection and only available once the flight is under airport control, so a check-in or gate agent might be able to seat you together.
That said, as the phone agent noted, the only way to essentially guarantee that you'll sit together is to pay for seat reservations in advance.
I wouldnt pay the additional money either.
1) Arrive early and ask for different seats. If this fails or they have already gone to "gate control" ask again at the gate
2) Ask fellow travellers to move who tend to be rather accommodating, especially if you have something to offer-aisle for aisle, window for window etc. Im not sure what you have but you would be better off selecting 2 aisle seats or an aisle and a window or 2 window seats in nearby rows, then anyone with a center seat will gladly swap you. Should work like a charm
Actually, I'd probably check AA.com often in the days leading up to the flight.
Main thing is to get yourselves any two non-middle seats you can. Then, you can offer it to the person in the middle next to one of you. If they are traveling solo, they'll be happy to take your aisle/window.
But even if they don't want to switch, you're still on the same plane and you're heading to Hawaii, where you will arrive at (approximately) the same time.
I wouldn't pay anything for a "preferred" seat on AA. I might consider paying for MCE, depending on the price and whether two nice ones are together. I'm AA Gold, so I just gamble on MCE availability at check-in. Sometimes I get it; sometimes I don't.
Why burden another customer with your seat request? Sorry, but it's not my concern that another passenger was too cheap to pay for assigned preferred seating in advance.
That's all I'm saying.
- We make every effort to ensure you get your chosen seat, but seat assignments are not guaranteed.
- We reserve the right to change seats for operational, safety or security reasons.
- You must check in at least 30 minutes before departure and be at the gate 15 minutes before departure or you may lose your seat.
Main Cabin Extra seats
- Main Cabin Extra seats are on select flights operated by American Airlines and American Eagle and subject to availability.
- Seats are non-transferable and valid only on the flight purchased.
- We reserve the right to discontinue the sale of seats or refuse to sell seats to a passenger.
- Fees for seats are non-refundable with some exceptions.
Refunds issued for seats
We'll issue you a refund if:
- We change your flight and we're unable to get you a comparable seat.
- You pay to upgrade to First or Business.
- You pay more for another seat on the same flight (but not if you change to a lower priced or free seat).
- Cancel your flight within 24 hours and booked at least 2 days before departure
Receipts and refunds
Request a refund
You can request a refund online if you paid for seats and you:
Cancel your flight, rebook, and pay for seats on your rebooked flight.
You can also request a refund if we cancel and rebook you on another flight, causing you to miss a connection or you're denied boarding on an oversold flight and we're unable to get you a like seat. For example if we move you from:
- Main Cabin Extra to a preferred or other seat in the Main Cabin
- Main Cabin Extra aisle / window to Main Cabin Extra middle
- Keep in mind you need to submit separate refund requests for your flights, seats and other purchases
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