American Airlines Announces Changes to Checked Bag Fees

American is announcing changes to charges for checking a first or second bag. The charges will increase for domestic-travel tickets that are purchased on or after Aug. 14, 2009.

  • The changes apply for travel within the U.S. and U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The changes also apply to travelers on American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights.
  • For tickets purchased on or after the Aug. 14, 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. Current checked bag charges to and from Canada are not changing at this time.
  • Exceptions do exist for some travelers for any checked bag charge –  other exemptions may also apply – see AA.com/baggage for details:
    • American’s AAdvantage program members who have achieved Elite Status levels, as well as oneworld® Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby members;
    • 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;
    • Those with international itineraries (except to and from U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Checked bag charges to and from Canada, as noted, are not changing at this time and remain at current levels.
  • 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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