49.3 F
Fort Worth
Monday, November 23, 2020
Transportation American unveils prices, routes for new cheapest fare

American unveils prices, routes for new cheapest fare

Other News

Two Fort Worth firms form strategic alliance

Mosaic Strategy Partners and SKM Communication Strategies form alliance After years of successful collaboration, two Fort Worth-based firms, Mosaic Strategy Partners (Mosaic) and SKM Communication...

Fort Worth advertising agencies take home regional awards

This story was reposted after it was lost during a website transition. Fort Worth advertising agencies and professionals won 37 awards at the 2020...

Exxon’s oil slick

Exxon Mobil is slashing its capital spending budget for 2020 by 30% due to weak demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a market...

Folk music’s Mark Twain: 7 Essential tracks from John Prine,

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine...

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines has begun selling cheaper “basic economy” fares as it battles discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers.

American announced Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on 10 different routes from its hub airports in Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina.

With a basic-economy fare on American you can’t pick your seat when you buy the ticket, you’re in the last group to board the plane, and you can only carry a small item that fits under the seat. You’ll pay extra to check a wheeled bag.

The savings over a regular economy ticket appear to range from about $24 to $40 for a round-trip ticket. For example, on two random early-March itineraries between Dallas and Baltimore, economy tickets were listed on American’s website at $249 and $309. Those same trips were priced at $209 and $269 on basic economy.

Even on the routes where American is selling the new fares, they are usually available only on a small number of flights – sometimes one or two a day – and on some days, none at all.

Bargain hunters will see more basic-economy options when searching one-way flights, rather than round trips, because American will not allow flyers to buy a round trip that combines the new cheaper fare on one leg with a regular economy fare on the other. On one-way flights, the price break can be as little as $12.

American, the world’s biggest airline, said it will eventually add basic-economy fares on other routes.

Basic economy fares were introduced by Delta Air Lines several years ago in response to growing competition from discounter Spirit Airlines. Spirit and Frontier Airlines offer bargain-basement fares but add on more fees than the bigger airlines, including charging for use of overhead bins. They have gained ground among travelers looking for the cheapest price.

Delta now offers basic economy on about 40 percent of its U.S. routes and plans to cover its entire domestic network by mid-year.

United Airlines says it will start testing the concept in Minneapolis by the end of March.


close






Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest News

New law seeks additional fees on electric vehicles. Here’s how many EVs are in Fort Worth and how much it can cost

A Texan lawmaker is attempting to levy additional fees on electric vehicles (EV) that could cost North Texas EV drivers collectively more than $2.5...

GM: New batteries cut electric car costs, increase range

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says a pending breakthrough in battery chemistry will cut the price of its electric vehicles so they equal those...

More than eight years in, Texas high-speed rail company still lacks permits to build Dallas-to-Houston route

By Juan Pablo Garnham, The Texas Tribune Nov. 17, 2020 "More than eight years in, Texas high-speed rail company still lacks permits to build Dallas-to-Houston...

Tarrant County offered free rides to the polls and voters hopped on board

In a year of record voter turnout, there were more than 5,800 trips to the polls under a program funded by Tarrant County.The Tarrant...

British Airways, American Airlines plan voluntary COVID-19 testing plan

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Airways said Tuesday that it will start testing passengers flying from the U.S. to London's Heathrow...