Basic Economy

Basic Economy

Our lowest Main Cabin fare around the world

If you want our lowest price, try our Basic Economy fare. There are some restrictions but you’ll still get a comfortable seat in the Main Cabin and enjoy free snacks, soft drinks and inflight entertainment.

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Restrictions

Route type Bags Choose seat (fee may apply) Eligible for upgrades Eligible for ticket changes^ Boarding group**
Within the U.S., Canada, Central America, Mexico, Caribbean*, Guyana & Suriname Checked: No free bags
Carry-on: 1 personal item and 1 carry-on
At time of booking Yes No Group 9
To / from Europe Checked: No free bags
Carry-on: 1 personal item and 1 carry-on
At time of booking Yes No Group 8
To / from South America Checked: No free bags
Carry-on: 1 personal item and 1 carry-on
At time of booking Yes No Group 8
To / from Israel Checked: 1 free bag
Carry-on: 1 personal item and 1 carry-on
At time of booking Yes No Group 8
To / from India, China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand Checked: 1 free bag
Carry-on: 1 personal item and 1 carry-on
At time of booking Yes No Group 8

Bag details

You can board with 1 carry-on and 1 personal item. The carry-on item must fit in the overhead bin and be no larger than 22 x 14 x 9 in (56 x 36 x 23 cm). The personal item like a purse or small handbag must fit under the seat in front of you and be no larger than 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm). Carry-on requirements apply to all customers including ConciergeKey℠ and AAdvantage® elite members.

In addition to your personal item; instruments, pets and special items that meet our guidelines can be carried on but will be subject to standard charges.

No other items can be carried on; they must be checked at ticket counters.

Seat details

You can choose a specific seat at any time for a fee (complimentary for AAdvantage® elite members based on your status). Otherwise, seats will be automatically assigned for free at check-in. We can’t guarantee that you’ll be seated together.

Families traveling

If you’re a family traveling with children under 15, and do not already have seats assigned, our system will search for seats together automatically before the day of departure. We’ll try our best to keep you together, but if seats are limited, we’ll assign seats so children under 15 are next to at least 1 adult.

Traveling with children and infants

Same-day travel

Change your flight

Change of plans? We allow same-day confirmed changes on select flights for a fee, with some exceptions.

Customers can stand by for a flight at no charge.

Same-day travel

AAdvantage® members

Elite status and eligible AAdvantage® credit cardmembers

Elite benefits may vary for flights marketed and / or operated by our partners.

AAdvantage® elite status members and eligible Citi® / AAdvantage® or AAdvantage® Aviator® Mastercard® cardmembers are exempt from certain restrictions.

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You keep

  • Upgrade privileges
  • Complimentary Preferred and Main Cabin Extra seat benefits based on elite status
  • Complimentary confirmed same-day flight changes for Executive Platinum and Platinum Pro members
  • Priority or preferred boarding privileges
  • Checked bag benefits***

Award miles and elite qualification

  • Award miles and Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) earn based on ticket price (includes base fare plus carrier-imposed fees; excludes government-imposed taxes and fees) on flights marketed and operated by American
  • Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) and Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) earn at a reduced rate of 0.5 per mile/flight segment flown on flights marketed by American
  • Basic Economy fares don’t earn EQMs, EQSs or EQDs

^Basic Economy fares bought on or after April 1, 2021, are non-refundable and non-changeable for flights originating in North America, South America and certain countries in Asia. For flights originating outside North or South America the no change fee applies, but you may owe a difference in ticket price

*Excludes Cuba and El Salvador

**Restriction doesn't apply to AAdvantage® elite status members or eligible AAdvantage® credit cardmembers

***Eligible AAdvantage® credit cardmembers may check 1 free bag when traveling to domestic destinations on flights marketed and operated by American Airlines

Restriction doesn’t apply to AAdvantage® elite status members. Eligible AAdvantage® credit cardmembers are exempt only when flying within the U.S. and Canada

Restriction doesn’t apply to AAdvantage® elite status members

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