Effective for tickets purchased as of today, American is raising basic economy 1st checked bag fees between the US and Europe, Israel, or Morocco from $60 to $75 each way.
While Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, and United all give a free bag to credit cardholders on domestic and international flights, American only gives a free bag on domestic flights.
That comes just a week after US taxpayers bailed out American Airlines to the tune of a $4.1 billion grant and $1.7 billion loan.
Basic economy didn’t lower fares as promised, they just added restrictions and took away even more dignity from economy passengers. They are one of the items I would have made the airlines ditch in exchange for taking billions of taxpayer dollars.
Instead, American took taxpayer dollars and just a week later increased their baggage fees. They didn’t even wait for travel to demand to pick up from record lows to start adding fees.
Congratulations American on making the first tone-deaf move after taking taxpayer bailout funds!
At least you’re now first in something…