Fly American’s A321T Fully Flat Business Class for $55 for Elites, First Class Just $159 for All

American flies its premium-configured Airbus A321Ts between New York JFK and Boston. You’ll see all 3 flights between the two airports operated by this plane (late in the year they drop to 2 frequencies, both with these planes).

The American Airlines Airbus A321T is a 3-cabin aircraft with economy (including Main Cabin Extra extra legroom seating), fully flat business class, and 1-1 seating first class. It’s the most luxurious, high-end narrow body aircraft and the best narrowbody plane flying domestically in the U.S.

And flights on the route are priced well, too.

Business class seats are being sold as economy. AAdvantage elite members booking this flight can reserve business class seats for free. In the past American let anyone booking these flights have the business class seats for free, though that’s not how it’s supposed to work (non-elites were booking business class free before, while Main Cabin Extra extra legroom seats were charged!). Here’s the seat map for a booking I walked through while logged in at

First class on the A321T is the same seat as American’s international business class product on the Boeing 777-300ER.

Here’s business class:

I previewed the aircraft 3 years ago and flew the inaugural Los Angeles – New York JFK flight.

This is a really short 187 mile flight, you may find yourself on the ground as long as you’re in the air, but it’s a cheap way to experience a pretty cool plane for the next 3 months.

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  1. Does BA get access to this space at all for award bookings? Ran a bunch of searches and couldn’t find anything. Not even sure it would be worth the Avios, more so just curious.

  2. About 2 years ago I scored a transcon F seat on the A321T for 37.5k miles. At that time the award seats tended to appear about 4 days before departure. With Avios there is no late booking fee but you can’t refund them less than 24 hours before departure, which is entirely reasonable.

    Happy hunting!

  3. Flew the A321T from BOS to JFK and back 2 weeks ago. The return flight to BOS there were only two revenue passengers in “business” (myself and another person). The rest were all American employees. I was the first non-first class passenger on the plane and I was shocked when I walked out of First Class to see nearly all the seats full. I wanted to take a picture of the cabin, but couldn’t!

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