American Airlines to Introduce New ‘Basic Economy’ Fares

By Jesse Sokolow on 19 January 2017
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Just ignore the overhead bins: they're not for you.

Just ignore the overhead bins: they’re not for you.

American Airlines announced that it will begin to offer new basic economy fares on February 10. The new tickets will be available only on select routes when they are launched.

Basic economy tickets will seat passengers in the main cabin, and will afford them the same experience those with main cabin tickets while in flight, as main including complimentary entertainment, drinks, and snacks.

However, basic economy passengers will only be permitted one personal carry-on item that can fit under the seat in front of them. Basic economy ticket-holders will not be permitted to use the overhead bins, although elite customers and eligible AAdvantage credit card members will be allowed one personal item and one rollaboard, in addition to maintaining their free checked bag allowance.

Those with basic economy tickets will be the last group to board the aircraft, soon to be Group 9, and tickets will be non-refundable and non-changeable. Seat assignments will be made automatically when passengers check in.

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