This is the second part of my trip from Boston. I was connecting in Philadelphia and had plenty of transit time, so I also had the chance to check out the American Express Centurion Lounge at PHL. Here’s this week’s trip report covering American A321neo First Class from Philadelphia to Miami.
American A321neo First Class (2023 Review)
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Flight Details (AA347)
- Airline: American Airlines, AA
- Aircraft: Airbus A321neo, N449AN
- Flight Number: AA347
- Seat: 3A
- Origin: Philadelphia (PHL), Pennsylvania, United States
- Destination: Miami (MIA), Florida, United States
I paid for this flight using 16,400 Smiles miles and USD 10.91. Note that the screenshot is for two passengers. The amounts are in ARS (Argentinean Peso), and the total taxes were about $22 USD at that time. Gol Smiles can be a very lucrative program, particularly on American Airlines, but their redemptions are all over the place, though.
Smiles has its own inventory of award seats, so it doesn’t match with American/AAdvantage partner redemptions. Also, Smiles award chart is dynamic, so on the exact same route and flight, you can get very different pricing depending on the date and season.
I searched around and saw some cheap redemptions in First Class, so it was a no-brainer. The connecting flight was also good for getting more reviews for the blogs and transit in Philadelphia for the first time, so I didn’t mind at all that it wasn’t a direct flight.
American Express Centurion Lounge Philadelphia
Check out this post for a complete American Express Centurion Lounge walkthrough at Philadelphia airport.
Seat and Cabin
Overall, I had a smooth ride on American Airlines A321neo. The cabin and seat definitely feel new and fresh. There’s plenty of storage space around you and in the newly designed overhead bins. Legroom is decent, and the seats are so wide that you don’t bother or get bothered by your neighboring seat. There’s no IFE screen, which is a pity, but you can get free entertainment via WIFI onboard. There’s a phone/tablet holder in front of you and a different one in the bulkheads. The power outlet is at hand, and the tray table is sturdy and stable.
My biggest disappointment with American’s first-class service was the soft product. The lunch was OK, but American is far behind compared to my recent experience on Delta’s 737-800 First Class from Miami to Boston. The flight length was very similar, but Delta had a much more exclusive culinary experience, with multiple dishes to choose from on the menu, delicious meals, and endless snacks.
Other than that, my experience was great, and for the price paid, it was definitely a great redemption.
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