American Airlines Eases Carry-On Limits for Basic Economy Fares

by Barbara Peterson
American Airlines Eases Carry-On Limits for Basic Economy Fares

American Airlines is planning on changing its Basic Economy carry-on restrictions. Photo: EQ Roy/Shutterstock.com. 


American Airlines is making Basic Economy fares a little less basic – but still keeping most of the rules that make this the most bare-bones of the major carrier fare offerings.  

In an announcement during the carrier’s second quarter earnings call, American Airlines executives said that they are removing the limit on carry-on bags other than a personal item. Fliers booked on the flights starting Sept. 5 can bring on a carry-on free of charge; previously, it had to be small enough to fit under the seat.

But Doug Parker, American Airlines' CEO, made it clear that this was not a sudden change of heart – it is effectively matching Delta Air Lines, which gives Basic Economy passengers access to the overhead bins, thus making its fare option more attractive to consumers.

The carry-on change is particularly notable because these fares are spreading to international markets. Airlines are now selling Basic Economy tickets for flights to Europe, as well as on flights to Canada and Mexico. Delta recently indicated that it is making the move to stay consistent with its partners such as Air France-KLM and Alitalia, which have come out with their own me-too versions.

Airlines are likely to continue to tweak the product, but the basic concept remains the same: a sort of economy lite that mimics the pricing structure of, say, a Spirit or Ryanair, which offer a low-base fare and charge fees for most additional services. Passengers typically cannot reserve seats in advance or make changes to their tickets, even for a fee.

The airlines have essentially admitted that they intend to keep the product limited because they believe they can upsell consumers to the next highest fare once they are aware of all the restrictions.

  0
  2
Tip of the Day

I do think there are possibilities for traveler advisors to make money doing domestic trips. I charge a planning fee for my time and expertise, and then book commissionable hotels and activities that meet the client’s needs.

Terri Weeks

Daily Top List

Best Resorts in Montana

1. The Resort at Paws Up

2. Blue Damsel Lodge on Rock Creek

3. Triple Creek Ranch

4. The Ranch at Rock Creek

5. Rainbow Ranch Lodge

Source: The Crazy Tourist

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=46d9854c-8d33-e911-b4aa-782bcb66a2f2

Give a Heads-Up, Get a Leg-Up in Business

Harness your knowledge, share your tips, and leave your clients wondering what else you know that they don’t.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Brazil Waives Entry Visa Requirements for US and Canadian Citizens
Brazil Waives Entry Visa Requirements for US and Canadian Citizens

The news means that citizens of the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan, all considered “strategic for the development of tourism” in Brazil, will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa.

First Look: British Airways’ New Business Class Club Suite
First Look: British Airways’ New Business Class Club Suite

A new seating configuration, 40 percent more storage space, and a suite door for privacy are among the suite upgrades.

Spring Break: How It Began and Where Travelers Are Headed This Year
Spring Break: How It Began and Where Travelers Are Headed This Year

The college spring vacation period creates a boomlet in travel late-February through mid-April, with Florida as the most popular destination.

Six New Reasons to Visit Washington, D.C., in 2019
Six New Reasons to Visit Washington, D.C., in 2019

Cherry blossom season always reminds us that Washington, D.C. is a great destination, but in 2019, you can plan a whole trip using the amazing new hotels and venues coming online.

New Details on Universal Orlando’s New Hagrid-Themed Coaster Ride
New Details on Universal Orlando’s New Hagrid-Themed Coaster Ride

Aboard flying motorbikes, guests will encounter magical creatures as the zip through the Forbidden Forest. 

Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy Edge to Open Ahead of Schedule
Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy Edge to Open Ahead of Schedule

Dates for the opening of the newest addition have been announced for both Disneyland Resort in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards & Outlooks
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: The Northern Lights of Finland