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AA Increases Checked Bag Fees

July 27, 2009 By: George Dooley

American Airlines is increasing charges for checking a first or second bag for domestic-travel tickets that are purchased on or after August 14. For tickets purchased on or after the effective date, the first checked bag will be $20 and the charge for a second checked bag will be $30, up from the current charges of $15 and $25, respectively.

The current checked bag charges to and from Canada are not changing at this time. Exemptions include those who have purchased tickets in the First and Business Class cabins, as well as those who purchased full-fare tickets in the Economy Class cabin.

The changes apply for travel within the U.S. its territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The changes also apply to travelers on American's regional affiliate, American Eagle, as well as AmericanConnection flights.

Additional exemptions from the new charges include AAdvantage program members who have achieved AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Executive Platinum levels, as well as oneworld Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby members; and those with international itineraries (except to and from U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Customers may pay checked bag charges at an airport Self-Service Machine, the curbside check-in counter, or at any airport ticket counter.


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