When it comes to oversold flights, there are two types of people:
- People who dread oversold flights, because they want nothing more than to get home or to their destination.
- People who love oversold flights, because it gives them an opportunity to earn airline vouchers, hotel stays, upgrades and other perks at the last minute.
Chiming in on the most oversold routes for American, my preferred airline, is from my experience. Of course, I haven’t (nor ever will) ever fly every single route AA flies, but having flown a sizable chunk of the larger routes, I wanted to compile a list to help those of you in “category 2” decide which flights to take, and which flights might have an a chance of being oversold. Again, this data isn’t directly from American, but in my experience. So, let’s take a look.
JFK-LAX – This is a fairly obvious one, since it’s such a business traffic heavy route, and the planes are smaller and carry less passengers. Upgrades on this route are tough to come by on a weekday, and I had a recent JFK to LAX flight where I was the 20th Executive Platinum on the list, and there were still 15 EXPs after me. Talk about a tough flight.
SBA-PHX – This is an interesting one, since it’s operated by US Airways. It remains the only AA/US flight out of Santa Barbara since AA stopped their LAX service last year. As such, the several times I’ve flown this route, the plane is packed and oversold. To complicate things more to early morning SBA to PHX flight usually gets canceled due to fog, so it pushes all of those passengers to the flight around noon, creating a sticky situation.
ORD/DFW-PSP – You’ll want to time this during the famous Coachella festival, and if you do, you’re probably in for a sizable voucher. I was offered $900 from ORD to PSP a year ago, though the next available flight wasn’t until 12 hours later, and because I was seeing family, I didn’t want to do it…though, I still regret some of that decision to this day, only because of the amount of the voucher…
JFK-DCA – Commuter flyers prefer flying into LGA, but interestingly, I find this route to be oversold more often, and for me, I actually prefer flying into JFK than LGA. This route has been commonly oversold, but with the introduction of more ERJ-175s on the route, I suspect that won’t be the case for much longer.
ORD-PHX – I suspect this will improve once the merger settles, but merger aside, AA didn’t have all that many flights to PHX, and US didn’t have that many flights to ORD. Now that the merger is in full swing, and people are using PHX as a connecting airport, I suspect this problem will be solved with the addition of more regular flights on the route.
What routes would you add to the list?
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