American Airlines has announced revisions to its baggage policy to account for the rising costs associated with the transportation of checked baggage, including the price of fuel. The policy changes also apply to travelers on American Eagle.
Travelers who purchase domestic economy class tickets on or after Monday, May 12, will be able to check one bag for free and pay $25 for a second checked bag. The exceptions are:
? Those in American’s AAdvantage program who have achieved AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Executive Platinum levels;
? Those who have purchased full-fare tickets in the Economy, Business and First Class cabins; and
? Those with international itineraries (except to and from Canada and U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Based on the exceptions listed above, American estimates that approximately 4 percent of its domestic customers who check more than one bag will be charged the $25 second bag fee.
Customers may pay the fees at an airport Self-Service Machine or at the curb-side check-in area with a credit card. They can also pay the fee at the check-in counter with a credit card, check or cash.