19 Jan American Airlines’s Basic-Economy Doesn’t include Carry-on Bags and Overhead Bin usage
Flying American Airlines just got a bit more affordable.
On Wednesday, the world’s largest airline released details of its upcoming low-cost basic-economy fare class.
“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.
According to Isom, the new fare class is designed to put American in a better position to compete against the increasing presence of ultra-low-cost carriers.
Unfortunately, buying the cheapest ticket also means you’ll have to do without many of the amenities that have traditionally been considered obligatory in modern air travel.
At the top of that list is carry-on luggage. Basic-economy passengers are allowed to bring a personal item on board as long as it fits underneath the seat. However, any luggage that requires overhead bin space has been banned.
It’s a policy that echoes United Airlines’ basic-economy fare class, which was announced in November.