American Airlines is the latest to add ‘basic economy’ fares to international flights

The good news: flights to Europe on American Airlines might soon get a little cheaper! The bad news: that’s because American Airlines is following in the footsteps of other airlines by adding a tier known as “basic economy,” which lowers the price of airfare at the cost of some standard amenities many flyers are used to.

Starting in April, American Airlines will offer basic economy fares on trans-Atlantic flights, including those operated by British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair. The biggest tradeoff for basic economy ticket holders is that they won’t get a seat assignment until they check in to their flight. They can change the seat assignment, or pick their own seat beforehand, but for a fee. They won’t be able to upgrade their ticket…

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Author: Sean O’Kane

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