American Airlines and British Airways to Offer Basic Economy Fares on Transatlantic Routes

By Anna Breuer on 1 March 2018
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American Airlines and its oneworld alliance partners British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair, announced plans to offer Basic Economy fares on transatlantic flights starting in April.

The fares will have similar options and restrictions as the airline’s current Basic Economy fares for domestic and transborder routes, albeit with a few differences.

Transatlantic Basic Economy passengers, with the exception of customers with elite status or an eligible airline credit card, will board in Group 8, the last group. No upgrades will be permitted for passengers traveling on this fare, regardless of elite status.

Once on board, all passengers regardless of fare will have the same experience including complimentary soft drinks, snacks, and in-flight entertainment.

While the transatlantic Basic Economy tickets will be non-refundable, unlike their domestic counterparts, they will be changeable, subject to applicable change fees.

Transatlantic Basic Economy passengers will have to pay to check a bag and will receive seat assignments at check-in at no charge, although such passengers may, for an additional fee, select seats at any time prior to check-in. They will still be able to bring one smaller bag and one roll aboard (subject to size limitations) on board at no charge.

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