American airlines have made a recent change to their Basic Economy fare. The change is to the “pick your seat” rules.
Basic Economy fares are brilliant for airlines in generating extra revenue because they can’t be changed. Inevitably plans occasionally change and tickets consequently get binned with passengers having to buy new tickets for the same trip, the new tickets being ones that they can actually use.
Basic Economy fares are great for some travelers, as they offer significant savings over a “regular” coach ticket. The problem is that luggage is very limited on these fares and you’re charged for your seat allocation.
After launching their Basic Economy, American started to lose passengers as their Basic Economy tickets did not allow customers to bring a standard carry on bag onto the plane. Thankfully this rule didn’t last long and now you can bring your standard carry on bag onto the plane, even if flying Basic Economy
Now American is testing what happens when they allow seat selection at the time of booking. Let’s hope this quickly becomes a permanent booking feature. I am just one frequent flyer who pays the extra as I like to fly next to my family rather than strangers.
testing; Basic Econ passengers on short-haul can now buy seats at time of booking in some markets if booking via AA website. Through mid-December.
— JonNYC (@xJonNYC) November 20, 2019
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