While we work to integrate the Dividend Miles and AAdvantage programs, Preferred members can upgrade on US Airways and American Airlines operated flights. Different rules apply depending on who's operating your flight.

US Airways operated flights

Preferred upgrades on US Airways are complimentary and subject to availability. We'll process your upgrade and notify you by email automatically.

Preferred upgrades are valid for travel on US Airways marketed and operated flights (codeshare flights excluded) within the contiguous U.S., Alaska, Canada, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Special rules apply for travel to/from Hawaii and Europe.

American operated flights

Preferred upgrades are available on many flights operated by American Airlines.

Here’s how it works:

  • To check for upgrades – go to ‘My Trips/Check in’ and use your AA record locator. Use the Choose (Change) Seats link to check for upgrades. If an upgrade is available, you can request your upgrade at that time. Upgrades are only available on the day of departure.
  • If you aren’t offered an upgrade, you'll go to the seat map where you can change your seat. We won’t be able to add you to the standby list, so please check back on aa.com (using the same steps) to see if an upgrade becomes available (up until depart time).


  • Chairman’s Preferred? Upgrades are complimentary.
  • Platinum, Gold and Silver Preferred? Upgrade for $30 per 500 miles of travel (based on American’s existing upgrade policy).