What to Know Now
American Airlines finally launched its basic economy fares and the carnage is not as bad as many were expecting. The announcement came last week along with news about cleaner upgrade processes on American’s premium economy-equipped flights.
Like United, American doesn’t plan to include overhead bin space with its basic economy fares. The good news, however, is that elite members are exempt from the rule.
Perhaps the best news, however, is that passengers will still earn elite miles and status (unlike on United), which means that even if the boss forces you to fly on the cheapest fare, you can still reap some of the rewards.
It’s still not clear which routes will start offering the new fare structures, but American plans to start selling them in February. Make sure you don’t accidentally book the wrong fare classes.
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