American Airlines Makes Changes To Baggage Allowance

American Airlines has announced changes to its baggage allowance policy.

  • All premium economy tickets will now include two free checked bags regardless of route (previously Alaska or Hawaii only included one free bag)
  • Long-haul international main cabin tickets will include one free checked bag (previously flights to Asia or Oceania included two checked bags)
  • There will be a new fare class called Basic Economy Plus Bag that includes one free checked bag in Asia/Oceania

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RiskandReward
RiskandReward

There should be at least one free checked bag for all seats booked. Charging for the first bag is the biggest scam in the airline industry.

Eli
Eli

AA has been my go-to airline for flights to and from Tokyo for the pasts several years, but this change will probably kill that. Disappointing to say the least.

Matt P
Matt P

Having to pay extra for 1 bag will kill that? You mean the difference between them and other airlines is that close?

Michael
Michael

… it just might..: I’ve found that, as a very general rule- fares to Asia (especially key trunk cities) are very, very price competitive… so, it just might be that the new $100+/- for a second bag puts AA in a price disadvantage.

Plus, mileage issues aside, it is also my opinion that AA, even in their premium cabins, just isn’t in the same overall league as the typical leading asian carriers.. so even IF the new 2nd bag fee still keeps AA lower, the narrowing gap between AA and an Asian carrier just might make it a better overall “value” to go with a slightly higher priced asian carrier than AA. my opinion only

El Guapo
El Guapo

I heard that the Ritz in Cancun is offering great rates.

This is NOT a partisan political post because the whole country can unite around hating Ted Cruz.

JD
JD

You don’t speak for the whole country, and you’re not funny either.

Jason
Jason

So you actually like Ted Cruz? Are you from the same planet as him? https://www.tedcruzforhumanpresident.com

JD
JD

I don’t go onto deals sites, posting blathering drivel trying to incite hatred towards somebody i never met. Please, keep your politicrap to yourself.

JD
JD

You don’t speak for the whole country.

Also, the moderator should take a close look at themselves…they censor opinions they disagree with, yet leave up the original post with hate.

Jason
Jason

LOL hating singular entity and very real human Ted Cruz is massively bipartisan.

gene
gene

This site is about travel. If I want to talk politics, or about pets, or knitting, I will go to other sites. Please remove political stuff. This is NOT censorship, just not what this site is about.

JD
JD

I agree, I posted what I did because it looked like my post (which echoes your sentiment) got deleted but not the original post, but it did not and I apologized to the mod.

Economy Minus
Economy Minus

I prefer to save $5 and travel without bags… and get punched in the face a few times… when I fly.

Deb
Deb

So now there is a “Basic Economy Class” and “Basic Economy Plus Class” ..c’mon man…

Rick b
Rick b

I want to see business light class. Just the seat and food but no booze or free bag.

sevillada
sevillada

I dont drink and if possible don’t eat their crappy food, so that would work
…last time ahen going to China i ordered bbq at the airport and carried that with me for 2 meals 😀

Jason
Jason

I would too like the seat but I think bag and booze savings would be tiny. Perhaps need to strip out WiFi and video and those headphones as well as we just want to sleep anyway

Matthew
Matthew

How bout booze and bag but no seat

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

I knew a girl like that.

RoamingRedPanda
RoamingRedPanda

Sounds like it’s time for a new boarding group!

Jason
Jason

Worked for my cat LHR-SFO

Mk6
Mk6

Encouraging domestic traveling? Maybe.
Discouraging international traveling especially to & from Asia? Absolutely.
Noting that AA does not even block middle seats, so good luck spreading covid.

Matthew
Matthew

Lol

Bruh
Bruh

Give the deadly pathogen a chance, maaan!

Vy
Vy

Nerfing the baggage allowance for economy international flights across the board seems like a thinly veiled attempt to discourage international travel. Very excited to see what the backlash for this will be like.

Merika
Merika

Not like Australia or New Zealand is even allowing visitors at the moment or anytime soon, so this affects maybe like 5 dual citizens who desire to cross the Pacific right now and for the foreseeable future.

The nard dog
The nard dog

Killing the main benefit of their credit card

Bone Us
Bone Us

Thought the main benefit of the credit card was the SUB.. then dump it.

JD
JD

Considering the “free” bag is only included in an upgraded “class” (economy plus bag? lol), it’s not really “free”, it’s just re-badged.

David
David

Credit card only offers one free bag on domestic flights…

Pang
Pang

this is a negative change for flights going to Asia/Australia/New Zealand.