American Airlines implements 'simplified' boarding

Beginning March 1, American Airlines will be introducing a new boarding process that includes 9 groups designed to make the boarding process more transparent and efficient.    Pre-boarding through Group 4 travelers may board from the Priority Boarding lane.  All other groups must board through the main boarding lane.

Pre-boarding - Concierge Key members
Group 1 - First Class, Active Duty Military
Group 2 - Business Class, Executive Platinum
Group 3 - Platinum Pro, Platinum
Group 4 - Gold, Alaska Airlines MVP members, AirPass holders, Premium Economy travelers, Citi/AAdvantage Executive card members and those that purchased priority boarding
Group 5 - Main Cabin Extra, Eligible AAdvantage credit card members and travelers that work for a Company that has an American discount program established
Group 6, Group 7 and Group 8 - all others
Group 9 - travelers who purchase AA's 'basic economy' fare


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