With American's Express Seats service, travelers can pay to obtain their preferred seats in the first few rows of economy class – including bulkhead...

American Airlines is introducing Express Seats, a new offering under its ‘Your Choice’ line of products and services for which the airline charges extra fees under its à la carte pricing structure.

With Express Seats travelers can pay to obtain their preferred seats in the first few rows of economy class, including bulkhead seats in that cabin, up to less than an hour before departure. Additionally, customers who purchase an Express Seat are able to board with Group 1 of general boarding for their flight, allowing them to be among the first economy-class customers on and off the plane.

Express Seats are available to all American Airlines customers and can be purchased exclusively via airport Self-Service Check-In machines any time from 24 hours to 50 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure for travel wholly within the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Introductory pricing for Express Seats begins at $19 per one-way flight, with pricing based on distance. Examples of introductory prices for Express Seats on American Airlines routes include: $19 for St. Louis to Chicago O’Hare; $29 for San Francisco to Dallas/Fort Worth; $29 for Boston to Chicago O’Hare; $39 for New York JFK to Los Angeles; and $39 for Chicago O’Hare to Honolulu.

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“Express Seats highlights American’s focus on offering customers what they value most,” says Virasb Vahidi, chief commercial officer for American Airlines. “This is another great product under the Your Choice program that puts more travel choices in the customer’s hands.”

American still provides travelers with the option to pre-reserve other seats in the economy-class cabin at no charge. In addition, AAdvantage elite-status members, oneworld elite-status members and customers purchasing full-fare tickets will continue to have exclusive access to preferred seating, separate from Express Seats, on a complimentary basis.

For more information about the Your Choice program and Express Seats, visit www.aa.com/yourchoice.