American Airlines Introducing New Boarding Groups

Boeing 757 Winglet a mid-size, narrow-body twin-engine jet airliner.

American Airlines plans to introduce a new boarding process starting March 1. The airline says it is a simplified process but will now include nine different categories for boarding. The earliest boarders are the airlines concierge and First Class passengers. The last group is the Basic Economy fare passengers, who are paying the lowest rate for tickets.

Below is the Boarding Order provided by American Airlines beginning next month:

Boarding order Current New – starting March 1
Preboarding ConciergeKey members
Priority boarding lane First Class
Active duty U.S. military with military I.D.
(Business Class on a 2-class international aircraft)
Group 1
First Class
Active duty U.S. military with military I.D.
(Business Class on a 2-class international aircraft)
Priority boarding lane Business Class
Executive Platinum
oneworld Emerald
Group 2
Executive Platinum
oneworld Emerald
(Business Class on a 3-class aircraft)
Priority boarding lane Platinum Pro
Platinum
oneworld Sapphire
Group 3
Platinum Pro
Platinum
oneworld Sapphire
Priority boarding lane Gold
oneworld Ruby
Group 4
Gold
oneworld Ruby
Priority boarding lane Alaska Airlines MVP members
AirPass
Citi / AAdvantage Executive cardmembers
Customers who bought Priority boarding
Group 4
Alaska Airlines MVP members
AirPass
Premium Economy
Citi / AAdvantage Executive cardmembers
Customers who bought Priority boarding
Main boarding lane Group 1
Main Cabin Extra
Eligible AAdvantage credit cardmembers*
Group 5 (Preferred boarding)
Main Cabin Extra
Eligible AAdvantage credit cardmembers*
Eligible corporate travelers**
Main boarding lane Group 2 Group 6
Main boarding lane Group 3 Group 7
Main boarding lane Group 4 Group 8
Main boarding lane Group 9
Basic Economy

*Eligible AAdvantage credit cardmembers include:

Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World EliteTM Mastercard
CitiBusiness / AAdvantage® Platinum Select World EliteTM Mastercard
AAdvantage Aviator Silver Mastercard
AAdvantage Aviator Red Mastercard
AAdvantage Aviator Business Mastercard

**Eligible corporate travelers applies to customers traveling on company business for an employer with an active American Airlines Corporate Travel Agreement at the time of ticketing and travel. Only tickets that are booked and purchased via an authorized Agency of Record for the company and reflect the company’s unique identifier (CART number) are eligible. Customers must have a valid AAdvantage® number recorded in their reservation at time of check-in to receive Group 5 boarding. If customer is eligible to receive a higher boarding priority based on ticket class or AAdvantage® elite status, they will receive the higher priority.