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updated: 8/28/2011 7:03 AM

American Airlines expands preferred seats

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American Airlines has expanded and renamed its Express Seats offering, now called Preferred Seats.

The expanded seat choice is now available to all American Airlines customers 24 hours prior to departure through all of American's direct booking channels including, Mobile, self-service check-in machines, American's phone reservations, and via travel agencies with a direct connect link to American's fares and schedules.

Preferred Seats provide customers the option to select and reserve more desirable seats, with prices beginning at $4 per segment and varying based on length of flight and time of day.

Elite and full-fare customers will also continue to have exclusive access to certain more desirable seats, including toward the front of the plane, available 331 days in advance. These seats are now called Preferred Plus Seats.

For more information about the Preferred and Preferred Plus Seats products, please visit