My niece is a flight attendant with AA and her parents have flight privileges. My brother tells me that he flies First Class regularly. I know he pays a very small amount but it's peanuts compared to what I pay for my American Flights. It really ticks me off that NON-Revenue passengers are being put in First Class rather than bumping up paying customers. I do not fly as frequently now as I used to, but I still pay for my flights and feel like paying customers should always be bumped to First Class over non-paying people. I would encourage everyone to contact American Airlines to complain about this policy!!