American Airlines Announces Changes to Checked Bag Charges

American's Top Customers Not Affected by Changes

Jan 18, 2010, 14:46 ET from American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines said today it will change its checked bag charges, effective with tickets purchased on or after Feb. 1, 2010. The charges apply to travel within the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands on American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights.

American's checked bag charges will change to $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag, payable at the airport on day of travel.

As before, American's top customers are exempt from these checked bag charges. Among the exemptions are American's elite AAdvantage® members, full-fare customers, confirmed passengers in the First or Business Class cabin, those traveling on military fares, and other travelers booked on the same record locator as the premium customer.

American said about 25 percent of its domestic customers pay checked bag charges, with other customers either exempt from the charge or choosing to not check a bag while abiding by American's normal carry-on policies.

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American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site,®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection,, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)

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