Basic Economy customers will start to be able to bring both a personal item and a carry-on bag like Main Cabin customers on September 5th, 2018. The press release sites that, “Removing the carry-on bag restriction will make our short-haul Basic Economy fares more competitive with airlines that include a carry-on bag in their lowest fares.”
American Airlines Announces Basic Economy Fares Will Now Include Carry On Bag
Today, American Airlines announced that beginning Sept. 5, Basic Economy fares will include both a personal item and a carry-on bag like other Main Cabin fares.
Why are we making this change?
Basic Economy is working well in the markets where we offer it today. Customers benefit from our lowest fares that are competitive with no-frills carriers while experiencing American’s unparalleled network, better product and great customer service. Removing the carry-on bag restriction will make our short-haul Basic Economy fares more competitive with airlines that include a carry-on bag in their lowest fares.
Until Sept. 5, current Basic Economy fare rules will continue to apply, including the allowance for only one personal item and the gate service fee when a Basic Economy customer checks a carry-on bag at the gate.
This will be a nice benefit for customers. Any time the policies change in the favor of the travel, that is good for us!