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American Airlines Best First and Business Class Areas

Anyone that flies regularly knows that there is a huge difference in airline seats and that it is worthwhile to spend a few extra dollars with the right airlines to be comfortable through an entire flight. They also know that they have been taken advantage of a few times and had some of the worst seats available, even though they paid extra for a premium seat.

An airline’s seat will vary depending on the aircraft and where it is located on the plane, and frequent flyers know which ones are the best and which ones are the worst.

LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, USA – AUGUST 10 2015: American Airlines flight AA2 prepares to welcome first class passengers in its exclusive Flagship First Airbus A321T cabin.
LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, USA – AUGUST 10 2015: American Airlines flight AA2 prepares to welcome first class passengers in its exclusive Flagship First Airbus A321T cabin.

New American Flag-ship First Class

The first-class cabin on the 777-300ER only has eight seats, so you would think that a person would have a lot of privacy. Unfortunately, this is not the case, but passengers do have the option of turning their seat to face the window. While this option is the most spacious, we rank it second due to the lack of privacy.

B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

These comfortable seats can be found on Boeing 787-9 and 777-200, just not every one, so it can be a gamble when choosing – be sure to check Seatguru for help understanding what configuration your flight will have. What they offer in comfort and privacy is slightly negated by the fixed IFE monitor that makes it extremely difficult to watch a movie while fully reclined and can make some feel.

Reverse Herringbone international business class

The reverse herringbone might be the best seat that American Airlines offers, and passengers can find it within business class on the 777-300 and first class on some configurations of the Airbus 321. The seats are comfortable whether a person is using them for sitting or have them opened completely flat for sleeping. There’s some personal storage available and a decent amount of privacy for anyone who is traveling alone.

MIAMI, FL -24 JAN 2017- Inside the Business Class cabin on an American Airlines flight. AA is gradually replacing these seats with a new American Airlines Flagship experience cabin.
MIAMI, FL -24 JAN 2017- Inside the Business Class cabin on an American Airlines flight. AA is gradually replacing these seats with a new American Airlines Flagship experience cabin.

Old Flagship first class – Boeing 777-300

These old first-class seats are going to be difficult to find shortly, as American Airlines is phasing them out, and that is a good thing. While they did offer access to the aisle from any seat, we found they lack privacy. That said, they certainly provided an excellent night’s sleep.

767-300 New Business Class

All passengers sitting in this section will have access to the aisle and their seats will fully recline, but when they do the seats are quite close to the floor. The storage space and two outlets are nice features, but the missing entertainment system is an issue. Passengers do receive a tablet for overseas flights, but not for domestic flights.

Empty first class window and aisle seat during the Coronavirus pandemic. Airline industry struggles as Americans are told to stay home to slow the spread of the disease.
Empty first class window and aisle seat during the Coronavirus pandemic. Airline industry struggles as Americans are told to stay home to slow the spread of the disease.

Zodiac Business Class

These seats can be found on 777-200 and 787-8 aircrafts and they are set up in a 1-2-1 configuration with the inner two seats facing the opposite way of the other two. This gives passengers quite a bit of privacy, but the seats are very narrow.

Premium Economy

Premium economy is one of the newer seats within American Airlines and it is on the 787-9. The seats are very wide and offer great foot support. The televisions pivot for optimal viewing and there is an outlet and USB port for everyone’s charging needs. Need a comparison? It’s much like flying internationally in a domestic first-class seat. While it’s still not a lie-flat option, it sure beats coach!

LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, USA – AUGUST 10 2015: American Airlines flight AA2 prepares to welcome first class passengers in its exclusive Flagship First Airbus A321T cabin.
LOS ANGELES TO NEW YORK FLIGHT, USA – AUGUST 10 2015: American Airlines flight AA2 prepares to welcome first class passengers in its exclusive Flagship First Airbus A321T cabin.

New Domestic First Class

These new first-class seats leave a lot to be desired and no one will want to be in them for any length of time. The seats do not recline enough and there is no leg support of any kind. A few of the seats have IFE entertainment screens, but most do not. Thankfully these are only on domestic routes, so everyone can manage for a few hours.

There are plenty of exceptional seating options available when flying with American Airlines, which is great news for passengers. Everyone will want to make sure that they know their options when flying and try to book their seats on an aircraft that has a configuration that works best for them.

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Experience Amazing Wine with The Real Grape

If you are a wine lover, you are going to want to check out The Real Grape.  They are our favorite company to work with when we need to create a fabulous and luxurious wine tour holiday!  While you may be fine with just a fabulous wine tour, we say that you should always accept the luxury part of it whenever you can!

The Real Grape provides tailor-made itineraries as well as wine tours throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.  They love sharing their love of delicious and quality wine with others and they do this by planning vineyard tours, wine cellar tours, wine and champagne tastings, and meetings with those who produce the wine and champagne.

Champagne vineyards Villedomange in Marne department, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.
Champagne vineyards Villedomange in Marne department, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.

One of the tours that The Real Grape has created is a trip to the Marne Department of Champagne, which also includes the areas of Reims and Epernay.  A good amount of the champagne that is produced in the region comes from this area and they bottle this delicious liquid for powerhouses that include Moet, Pol Roger, and Veuve Clicquot.

Avenue de Champagne with several Champagne houses along the road with strolling tourists in the evening in Epernay, France.
Avenue de Champagne with several Champagne houses along the road with strolling tourists in the evening in Epernay, France.

While in the Marne Department of Champagne guests stay in Reims, where they can see a 13th century cathedral and learn a lot about its rich history.  While in Epernay, everyone can visit the Avenue de Champagne, which happens to be one of the most famous streets in the entire region.  Some of the largest Champagne houses can be found along this street and people will be able to pop into some of them for a few tastings.

Gothic Basilica Saint Urbain of Troyes - France, Aube.
Gothic Basilica Saint Urbain of Troyes – France, Aube

Some people are always interested in visiting the outskirts of Marne, and The Real Grape enjoys taking them to L’Aube.  Inside the main city of Troyes, everyone can wander through the spectacular museums and preserved renaissance churches.  Many famous people lived in this region including a young Napoleon, Camille Claudel, and Renoir, plus General De Gaulle’s grave can be found there.

Champagne vineyards in the Cote des Bar area of the Aube department near to Baroville, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.
Champagne vineyards in the Cote des Bar area of the Aube department near to Baroville, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Europe.

Visiting the major champagne producers is only a part of what everyone should see while in the Marne Department of Champagne though.  The major producers only include approximately two hundred and sixty of the more than two thousand champagne producers in the region.  Therefore, The Real Grape always include stops at many of the family-run producers that are much smaller.

Town hall and war memorial of Hautvillers, a commune in the Marne famous as being the home of Dom Perignon, whose work in wine-making helped to make champagne.
Town hall and war memorial of Hautvillers, a commune in the Marne famous as being the home of Dom Perignon, whose work in wine-making helped to make champagne.

Those smaller producers are an excellent way for everyone to learn more about the process in a more personal way instead of with a quick monotonized verbal statement.  The Real Grape prefers to visit producers who focus on sustainability and organic practices, because they provide a completely immersive experience that is full of passion. That experience does not end at the end of the day either.  The Real Grape partners with numerous types of accommodations including bed and breakfasts and chateaus.

We have loved the tours that we have been on with The Real Grape and encourage everyone to experience one for themselves.  In fact, everyone will receive a discount on any of The Real Grape’s tours just by mentioning the quote “JourneyConnected”- they’re offering a generous 10% discount to Journey Connected travellers.  They’re also giving even deeper discounts or any ‘early bird’ who books and pays a tour more than two months in advance. Anyone that cannot commit to a tour right now, and those that can, are welcome to join in on the fun to win a bottle of Biodynamic Champagne.  Simply sign up for The Real Grape Newsletter by June 1st to be automatically entered.


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