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Hey,

So this kinda follows up from my previous post.

Logged into my AA account today to check if they had changed my seats, and I noticed that on the seat selection page (where it contains a legend of the seat map), it describes 4 types of seats in economy - Main cabin extra, available, unavailable and *for status. The thing is, all the *for status seats are in the main cabin and none of them have any extra legroom. What's going on here?
 

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Hey,

So this kinda follows up from my previous post.

Logged into my AA account today to check if they had changed my seats, and I noticed that on the seat selection page (where it contains a legend of the seat map), it describes 4 types of seats in economy - Main cabin extra, available, unavailable and *for status. The thing is, all the *for status seats are in the main cabin and none of them have any extra legroom. What's going on here?
Some people with status like to sit as far forward as possible in the cabin, without paying extra for Main Cabin Extra.
 

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Hey,

So this kinda follows up from my previous post.

Logged into my AA account today to check if they had changed my seats, and I noticed that on the seat selection page (where it contains a legend of the seat map), it describes 4 types of seats in economy - Main cabin extra, available, unavailable and *for status. The thing is, all the *for status seats are in the main cabin and none of them have any extra legroom. What's going on here?

Are you sure there's no extra leg room?

MCE is not just exit row / bulkhead seating like on QF, it also includes normal rows that have about 3 inches extra pitch. They are otherwise standard seats and if you weren't specifically looking at the pitch you probably wouldn't notice.

MCE is a good deal if you don't have status for the soft product benefits - but if you do, you're just getting the extra leg room.
 
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Logged into my AA account today to check if they had changed my seats, and I noticed that on the seat selection page (where it contains a legend of the seat map), it describes 4 types of seats in economy - Main cabin extra, available, unavailable and *for status. The thing is, all the *for status seats are in the main cabin and none of them have any extra legroom. What's going on here?
Without setting foot on the aircraft in question it's hard to really say whether certain seats are good or bad. Sure you can look at seat maps but they won't tell you much. To give you an example, consider the following seat map for a United 787:

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Now if you're seated in Economy, which seat would you choose? If we follow the advice of SeatGuru we should avoid rows 27 and 16 (which are marked red/yellow for caution) but the seat map hints that you will get extra leg room on either row. Well look, I've had the pleasure of flying United's 787 a number of times over the years, and I can tell you that the SeatGuru is wrong here. Row 27 and in particular 27A is your best seat. It's a window seat and there's over 50 inches of pitch. Now you tell me with a straight face that this is a downgrade compared to customers sitting a couple rows ahead or behind where their face is touching their chin:

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I rest my case.

-RooFlyer88
 

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Without setting foot on the aircraft in question it's hard to really say whether certain seats are good or bad. Sure you can look at seat maps but they won't tell you much. To give you an example, consider the following seat map for a United 787:

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Now if you're seated in Economy, which seat would you choose? If we follow the advice of SeatGuru we should avoid rows 27 and 16 (which are marked red/yellow for caution) but the seat map hints that you will get extra leg room on either row. Well look, I've had the pleasure of flying United's 787 a number of times over the years, and I can tell you that the SeatGuru is wrong here. Row 27 and in particular 27A is your best seat. It's a window seat and there's over 50 inches of pitch. Now you tell me with a straight face that this is a downgrade compared to customers sitting a couple rows ahead or behind where their face is touching their chin:

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I rest my case.

-RooFlyer88
Agree, but I guess they would be taking the proximity of the loos into accouny?
 

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Some people with status like to sit as far forward as possible in the cabin, without paying extra for Main Cabin Extra.
Correct. I had often wondered exactly this a few years back and can confirm on some aircraft type there is no additional legroom even though the seats are marked with an asterixis.

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