I’ve only been a US Airways elite in the past, and I was really nervous with the merger.
Although the US Airways’ first class product is not quite as nice as… other airlines, it was what I was used to, and I was frequently upgraded.
I was nervous about not getting upgrades at all on American and what would happen.
And then I flew American.
No, I didn’t get upgraded on my flight. But I was in an Economy Plus seat near the front of the cabin. And the gate crew made sure to only put people in between the elites in those seats if they had to.
So then I flew with more legroom than I get on a US Airways 757 config in first class, plus an extra seat next to me.
The next time I flew, the same thing happened. No upgrade, but an economy plus seat with the seat next to me blocked off.
I had more space to work on the plane and get things done than I did in US Airway’s first class.
No, I didn’t get an upgrade.
I flew with someone in the middle seat next to me. I realized when you aren’t trying to stuff your legs behind the seat in some strange pretzel configuration, you also don’t feel quite as constrained on your top half either.
So when you aren’t upgraded on US Airways, you get to sit in the elite seating. Which basically consists of the seats towards the front of the plane they charge everyone else for. But not all of them. As a US Airways elite flyer, you’ll also see some more choice seats for purchase.
But aside from exit row seating, they don’t actually have more leg room.
So “not getting upgraded” on US Airways metal is very different from “not getting upgraded” on American metal.
Which isn’t quite as bad.