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American Airlines' New Basic Economy Fare Disallows Carry-On Bags and Overhead Bins

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American Airlines' New Basic Economy Fare Disallows Carry-On Bags and Overhead Bins

If you want to fly a little cheaper with American Airlines, you’ll have to do without the luxury of carry-on luggage or overhead bins.

On Wednesday, the globe’s largest airline company announced plans for a Basic Economy fare class that company president Robert Isom believes will put American on equal footing with low-cost carriers such as Southwest or Jet Blue.

“American Airlines now has something to offer every customer, from those who want simple, low-price travel to those who want an ultra-premium experience via First Class,” Isom said in a statement, per Business Insider.

Of course, such affordability comes with a cost elsewhere, and in this case it’s carry-on luggage and overhead bin usage. Passengers flying Basic Economy Fare for American will be able to bring personal effects onboard, but only as long as they can fit under the seat.

Basic Economy passengers, with luggage, will have to check at the gate and pay a $25 handling fee, plus $25 for the first bag, which means parting with at least $50.

Other “downgrades” include not getting a seat assignment until the time of check-in and being the last passengers to board the plane.

The move goes into effect on Feb. 10 and mirrors recent efforts by American, Delta and United to cut the cost of an airline ticket.

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