Because my last two American Airlines Systemwide Upgrades (SWU) were about to expire, I booked a flight to Zurich, Switzerland back in December. I called the airline hotline to find availability before my SWU’s were about to expire. The best price, availability, and dates were for a trip to Zurich from Seattle, WA. With a Systemwide Upgrade, you can upgrade one class higher and get it confirmed right away. In my case, I booked Economy Class and was upgraded to Business/First. My inbound flight to JFK from Seattle was on a Boeing 737 on which I got upgraded to domestic First Class.
Before I boarded my flight from JFK to ZRH I had enough time to use the American Airlines Flagship Lounge. JFK was the first airport in which American Airlines added the Flagship Lounge. About 15 minutes before departure I headed over to my gate in Terminal 8 and got ready to board. The flight would be on a Boeing 767 and the highest class of service is Business Class on this plane besides Main Cabin Extra and Economy Class. I have been aboard this type of plane before as American Airlines uses the same plane for frequent flights from MIA to DFW and SFO to MIA.