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For information regarding mileage upgrade awards, view our AAdvantage Upgrade Award chart.

Complimentary Upgrades
All elite status AAdvantage members enjoy complimentary upgrades to the next class of service for themselves and one companion when both are traveling on an eligible full-fare* Economy Class ticket on American Airlines within and between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, The Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean and between the U.S. and Central America.

AAdvantage Executive Platinum® members receive complimentary upgrades on any purchased, published fare on the routes defined above. You may also request a complimentary upgrade for one companion, if the companion is traveling on a full-fare* Economy Class ticket. Companions traveling on any other eligible fare may be upgraded using 500-mile upgrades.

Earning Upgrades
AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Gold members earn four 500-mile electronic upgrades for every 10,000 qualifying base miles flown (including guaranteed minimum miles) during your membership year (March 1 or the date you qualify for elite status, through the last day of February). So, the more you fly, the more upgrades you earn.

Buying Upgrades
Buy individual upgrades based on your needs and receive a discount when you buy upgrades via or via the Self-Service Check-In machine^. Members may also buy upgrades via American Airlines Reservations or at any American Airlines ticketing location. Admirals Club® members may buy upgrades at any Admirals Club lounge.

Purchase Method
Upgrade Price1
(per 500-mile unit)
Automated Purchase - or through the Self-Service Check-In machines^
Agent-assisted Purchase

AAdvantage elite-status members may also buy upgrades with AAdvantage miles at a rate of 35,000 miles for eight (8) upgrades.

1Price is subject to applicable taxes and fees if purchased outside of the U.S.
One upgrade required for every 500 miles. Each flight segment requires at least one upgrade.

^AAdvantage members checking-in for an itinerary that requires 500-mile upgrades will be able to purchase the upgrades they need to complete their transaction at the Self-Service Check-In machine.

Using Your Upgrades
You may upgrade from a purchased Economy Class ticket to First Class on domestic flights** offering two classes of service or to Business Class on flights offering three classes of service. Upgrades are subject to availability.

AAdvantage Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Gold members may upgrade from any individual published coach ticket to the next class of service. Non-elite AAdvantage members must purchase a full-fare Economy Class ticket (fares booked in Y or B) to be eligible for an upgrade.

You may request an upgrade when making your flight reservation. If upgrade seating is available, we will automatically process your request when the appropriate upgrade window opens (see the chart below). At flight departure, the appropriate number of 500-mile upgrades (if applicable) will be deducted from your Upgrade Account.

Upgrade Confirmation Windows

Elite Level Advance Confirmation Window
Elite Level
Advance Confirmation Window
AAdvantage Executive Platinum
100 hours prior to departure
AAdvantage Platinum
72 hours prior to departure
AAdvantage Gold
24 hours prior to departure
24 hours prior to departure
(requires purchase of a full-fare Economy Class ticket)

If you have not received confirmation of your upgrade via e-mail, voice message or alpha-numeric pager (available through selected service providers only) as of the time of check-in, you will automatically be given the opportunity to be added to the Airport Upgrade Standby List while checking in for your flight on, your mobile device, at the airport Self-Service machine, or with an airport agent. For any flight on which you are a confirmed passenger, standby priority at the airport will be AAdvantage Executive Platinum members first, AAdvantage Platinum members next, AAdvantage Gold members, then all other AAdvantage members. Within each elite status level, your priority on the Airport Upgrade Standby List will also be determined based on the date and time you requested your upgrade initially, thus allowing customers with the earliest request date and time to be processed first.

Note: In order to be added to the Airport Upgrade Standby List, you will need to have the required number of upgrades in your account at the time of check-in.

Tracking Your Upgrade Activity
Your upgrade activity is itemized on your monthly AAdvantage eSummarySM. You can also check your balance online or by calling AAdvantage Customer Service at 1-800-882-8880 or your specific AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum®, or AAdvantage Gold® toll-free number.

*Fares booked in Y or B, excluding military/government fares

** 500-mile upgrades are valid for use on American Airlines marketed and operated flights within and between the 50 United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Bermuda and between the U.S. and Central America.

Usage of 500-mile upgrades and confirmation of complimentary upgrades is subject to seating limitations and capacity controls. For complete terms and conditions, view our Terms and Conditions page.