American Airlines Finds the Perfect Time to Increase Some Baggage Fees
With everything going on right now and travel demand at its lowest in decades, American Airlines found the perfect time to increase some baggage fees. This applies to transatlantic Basic Economy travel, as noted in the latest update here.
Bag fees between Europe, Israel, Morocco and U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean (including Haiti), Central America, South America or connecting via Europe to another destination have been updated as of April 21, 2020.
For Transatlantic Basic Economy travel, a $60 1st bag fee applies for tickets issued on / or before April 20, 2020, and $75 for tickets issued on / after April 21, 2020.
Just last week American Airlines said in a press release that it had received $5.8 billion in payroll assistance from taxpayers. The amount will be split into a $4.1 billion grant and a $1.7 billion loan. So I guess this is the thanks we get.
This $15 fee increase applies to Basic Economy travel to/from Europe, Israel and Morocco starting today. You can still bring a free carry-on bag in Basic Economy and award tickets always include one free checked bag.