American Airlines Begins Offering New Basic Economy Fare

New England Council member American Airlines recently announced it will start offering a ‘basic economy’ fare ticket on 10 different routes across the U.S. beginning on March 1, 2017.

The new ‘basic economy’ fare are cheaper tickets that save between $24 to $40 per roundtrip ticket for passengers as compared to regular economy tickets. Basic economy tickets come with additional restrictions, such as only allowing complementary under seat carry-on bags. The basic economy passengers must pay to check bags or carry-on larger wheeled bags to put in overhead bins. The new tickets are available on flights from Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, and Charlotte. American Airlines officials said the basic-economy tickets will eventually be added to other routes.

“This new fare product also gives American the ability to compete more effectively with the growing number of ultra low-cost carriers,” said American Airlines President Robebrt Isom. “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.”

The New England Council congratulates American Airlines on the rollout of this new ‘basic economy’ ticket fare. Read more in NBC News and Forbes.

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