Flying American Airlines will be a bit more affordable. The world’s largest airline will begin offering the new Basic Economy tickets on February 10. The carrier mimics United with fare banning overhead bin use.
American released details of its long-expected Basic Economy fare class that limits carry-on bags. Like at United, buying the cheapest no-frills ticket means you’ll be allowed to bring a personal item on board as long as it fits under the seat. Any carry-on luggage that requires overhead bin space is not allowed. American Airlines Basic Economy class passengers whose luggage doesn’t fit must pay a $25 checked-bag fee at the gate, plus an extra $25 gate-service charge.
American Airlines now has something to offer every customer, from those who want simple, low-price travel to those who want an ultra-premium experience via first class, said American Airlines President Robert Isom.
The upcoming fare class is designed to put the airline in a better position to compete with increasingly popular ultra-low-cost carriers. American’s Basic Economy passengers won’t get seat assignments until check-in and will be the last allowed to board. They can still receive free snacks and soft drinks, use in-flight entertainment and earn frequent-flyer miles. The low-cost fare will not allow changes – not even for a fee.