Amer­i­can in­tro­duces new fare struc­ture

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS -

Amer­i­can Air­lines is chang­ing the way it charges you to fly.

Amer­i­can will charge up to $88 more per round trip for pas­sen­gers who want a ba­sic ticket that in­cludes check­ing bag­gage or chang­ing a reser­va­tion. Cur­rently the air­line levies sep­a­rate fees for those and other ex­tras for ev­ery­one ex­cept pre­mium pas­sen­gers.

The air­line says it’s re­spond­ing to cus­tomer com­plaints about fees, es­pe­cially the charge — typ­i­cally $150 — for chang­ing a reser­va­tion.

“This will elim­i­nate the fear about what-ifs,” said Rick Elieson, Amer­i­can’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing.

Amer­i­can will still sell a ba­sic fare with­out pro­tec­tion against add-on fees “for the less-dis­crim­i­nat­ing pas­sen­ger who is just look­ing for the cheap­est way to get to where they’ve got to go,” Elieson said.

Travel ex­perts mostly praised the change and pre­dicted that other air­lines will mimic it.

By Christo­pher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON — The U.S. fed­eral government’s bud­get deficit widened in Novem­ber com­pared to Oc­to­ber, a sign that the na­tion is on a path to its fifth straight $1 tril­lion-plus

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