American Airlines Standby: How To Check Airport Standby Position
A few airlines allow you to check your position on the standby list using, an App, their Web site and/or airport gate flight displays. This series will highlight these in order to ensure that you have a better standby experience.
There are a few options that you can use here:
The Web site (View Available Seats)
This is the most unreliable as it just shows assigned and unassigned seats. I say its unreliable as the unassigned seats may already be booked and will be assigned as the flight’s departure time draws closer.
Remember that the fact that a seat is open does not really tell you that the flight is open or not; just that the seat is not assigned. The closer it gets to departure though, its pretty accurate as people are checking in.
Here’s how to access it for what it’s worth.
To use this functionality, head to https://www.aa.com/booking/find-flights?tripType=oneway or navigate to it by first going to AA.com > Plan Travel > Flights. Enter the details of your flight, From, To and Departure Date.
You will get a page similar to this one below:
You will then see the results with the open and assigned seats.
The AAdvantage App
First, download the American Airlines App: Apple IOS | Android. This page explains all the functionality of the mobile App. You can also start at AA.com and navigate to Travel Information > Mobile and app.
Despite the image that shows that you can see the standby list on the iPhone version of the App, I was not able to see it. All I was able to see is the Upgrade List. Note you have to have an AAdvantage account and sign in to the App in order to see the list.
And even after checking with American three times and they say you can see the list, you can’t. I’ve tried several times and even been on the list as a revenue customer and still cannot see the list. It’s frustrating.
Upgrade Standby List
So here’s how to see if you are on the Upgrade Standby List; note it will only show within 4 hours of departure time:
This is the page you see when you first download the App and is not signed in.
First sign into the App using your AAdvantage number, last name and password.
You can then click on the three lines in the upper left hand corner of the App to reveal this screen. Click on Flight Status to continue.
Search for your flight by origin and destination or Flight Number, then choose the date of travel.
Choose your flight from the results returned.
Choose your flight. If you don’t see the yellow band above, then the Upgrade List is not available for your flight.
Click on the yellow band to see your position on the Upgrade List. If you’ve received a seat, you’ll see a check mark next to your name.
At the Airport
At the airport you will be able to see the airport standby list on the flight information displays above the gates.
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