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 Baggage Choose seat (fee) Eligible for upgrades Make changes (fee) Boarding group
Within the U.S., Canada, Mexico & Caribbean* Checked: No free bags†
Carry-on: 1 personal item**
48 hours before departure No No Group 9**
To / from Europe Checked: No free bags††
Carry-on: 1 personal item & 1 carry-on
At time of booking No Yes Group 8**

Flights with connections

Restrictions for flights within the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean don’t apply to trips including flights to / from Europe.

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Baggage details

Flights within the U.S., Canada , Mexico & Caribbean

You can board with 1 personal item like a purse or small handbag that fits under the seat in front of you; no larger than 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm). You won't have access to overhead bins.**

In addition to your personal item; instruments, pets and specialty 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. If you take them to the gate you'll pay an extra $25 gate service fee per item plus the applicable bag fee.

Flights to / from Europe

In addition to your personal item, you can bring a carry-on that fits in overhead bins; no larger than 22 x 14 x 9 inches (56 x 36 x 23 cm).

Carry-on baggage

Seat details

Flights within the U.S., Canada, Mexico & Caribbean

You can choose a specific seat within 48 hours of departure for a fee. Otherwise, seats will be automatically assigned for free at check-in.

Flights to / from Europe

You can choose a specific seat at any time for a fee. Otherwise, seats will be automatically assigned for free at check-in.

AAdvantage® members

Elite status and eligible AAdvantage® credit cardmembers

Elite benefits may vary for flights marketed and / or operated by British Airways, Iberia or Finnair.

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

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You can ...

  • Take 1 personal item that fits under the seat (no larger than 18 x 14 x 8 in.)
  • Take 1 carry-on free of charge to store in the overhead bin (no larger than 22 x 14 x 9 in.)
  • Keep your priority or preferred boarding privileges
  • Keep your 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

*Excludes: ZIH, ZLO, SJU, STT, STX, SXM, Cuba, Haiti, Alaska, and Hawaii

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

***AAdvantage® credit cardmembers flying to / from Europe will pay a fee for checked baggage

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

†† Restriction doesn’t apply to AAdvantage® elite status members