A bit late on this…but AA has joined the premium economy party, with plans to create a Main Cabin Extra section which has more legroom and priority boarding. The seats will be sold for prices between $8-108, but will be free to elite members.
United was the first to add this feature on its planes, with Delta following last year, and now AA. I am really thrilled about this announcement, since I will hopefully soon be a newly minted AA Executive Platinum member. United’s Economy Plus, which is United equivalent product, was one of the reasons I became interested in going for UA elite at all. I “accidentally’ earned United low level elite status in 2008 because I happened to fly a bunch of Star Alliance carriers during a long trip to Asia, and managed to barely get 25k miles by the end of the year. After I realized that elite status on UA got you free access to Economy Plus, I was generally motivated to put all my travel on United and earn miles with them.
Here’s a picture from AA illustrating Main Cabin Extra:
Now, since I’ve switched a significant amount of business to AA, I’m glad they will be having the same feature. I’m not really sure if I will make United MileagePlus Silver this year (much less Gold, my current status), but I know in the future, I can count on extra leg room with either carrier 🙂