AA has started off the next round of airline fees with a new $15 (each way) fee for the first checked bag in addition to the $25 (each way) fee for the 2nd checked bag.
AA/OneWorld elite members, full fare passengers, AAnytime AAward passengers, business/first class passengers, passengers on an international itinerary, and all traveling companions of any of these exempted members will continue to be allowed to check 2 free bags.
The new bag fee applies to tickets purchased on or after 06/15, regardless of the date of travel. In other words:
-If you bought an AA ticket before 05/12 you will get 2 free checked bags.
-If you buy an AA ticket on or after 05/12 but before 06/15 you will get 1 free checked bag.
-If you buy an AA ticket on or after 06/12 you will not get any free checked bags.
-Effective for tickets bought 05/21, AA also has matched the new, soon-to-be industry standard $150 domestic change fee.
-International change fees will now range from $150-$300, depending on the market.
-Phone reservation fees (for revenue and mileage tickets) are now $20.
-Airport reservation fees are now $30.
-Mileage ticket city changes and cancellations are now $150.
-Date changes on mileage tickets continue to be free.
Finally, AA said that they will retire 75 aircraft while reducing domestic capacity by 12%. Although AA currently has the industry’s best mileage ticket availability, these cuts may well change that.