American Airlines announced today their plans to sell a restricted “basic economy” ticket to the public.
These fares will be similar to bare-bones fares already offered by Delta Air Lines and soon to be matched by United Airlines.
“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,” American Airlines President Robert Isom said in a statement.
American plans to begin sales of the new ticket in February in 10 markets, but the airline has not offered more details.
American Airlines will allow basic economy passengers to bring only a small carry-on bag that fits under the seat and won’t allow them to bring a larger carry-on bag to be stowed in the overhead luggage bin. It’s the same policy for basic economy passengers on United Airlines.
But American Airlines is going one step further: Passengers who buy the basic economy ticket and bring a larger carry-on bag to the gate must pay a $25 “gate fee” to have the luggage checked, plus the regular checked baggage fee, which is typically $25 for the first bag.