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AA traces its roots to 1926 Robertson Aircraft Corporation with chief pilot, Charles Lindbergh, who at the time was carrying mail for federal government contracts. (Everyone has to start somewhere!) Fast-forward to the 1990’s and this is when American bought the rights to Eastern Airline’s Latin America routes, which then made American one of the largest carriers in the region. Everything's ‘bigger in Texas’ as the saying goes and American Airlines is no exception. Headquartered in Fort Worth, TX and operating an extensive domestic and international network, American Airlines is now the world's largest airline by fleet size and revenue. They are #2 by number of destinations served, after United Airlines.

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Chances are you’ve flown on a partner of American and never knew it. It’s nice to have partners in life, as they can help you get by, or fly a LOT of places in American’s case: they partner with over 25 friends. Cheers to teamwork! They also get a tip-of-the-hat from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics for an 80.67% On-Time Arrival Performance.

American Airlines operates its largest hub at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), and its other hubs at Charlotte (CLT), Chicago-O'Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), New York (LGA), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX), and Washington, D.C. (DCA), while its primary maintenance base is at Tulsa International Airport. Their frequent flyer program is called AAdvantage and you can redeem on their partner airlines as well, most of the time. You can find information on AA baggage fees, or compares fares for American Airlines flights now with FareCompare.

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Top Airline Competitors for American Airlines

Total Departures/ArrivalsOverlapping Departures/Arrivals
AirlineCountriesCitiesCountriesCities
American Airlines - AA56335--
Delta Air Lines - DL6633048249
United Airlines - UA6132947246
JetBlue Airways - B623922387
Southwest Airlines - WN869869
Alaska Airlines - AS4109469

Latest American Airlines Information Last modified: Aug 23, 2016 2:32:30 PM EDT

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American's Free Entertainment for Economy Passengers
This is nice: American Airlines says starting sometime this month, it will offer “complimentary premium movies, TV shows, music and games in the Main Cabin on domestic flights offering seatback entertainment systems or Wi-Fi streaming.” Free shows for economy/coach fliers! American's Free Entertainment This is great for anyone with a personal electronic device – or anyone seated in an American plane... Continue reading
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No Southwest Effect for Travel to the United States
Analysis by FareCompare.com Reveals Lack of Savings for International Flyers from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America to U.S. Destinations Dallas, TX – FareCompare.com has released a second set of findings based on a comprehensive analysis of the Southwest Effect in new international routes. The study reveals that while consumers traveling to the U.S. did experience the Southwest Effect initially... Continue reading
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ABC News Travel Columns By Rick Seaney
FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney's weekly column for ABC News is a must-read, featuring Rick's inside perspective on travel trends, ways to save time and money, and more:     2016 August 21 - Two Little-Known Ultra-Cheap Times to Fly August 14 - Freebies and Other Travel Bargains for Fliers August 7 - Everything You Need to Know about ‘Cheap Flight Day’ July 31... Continue reading

American Airlines Baggage Fees

With airline service fees and baggage fees continuing to rise, cost-conscious consumers may want to check for updated fees before making a travel decision. Current bag fees for American Airlines are listed below. If you need more info, your carrier's web site should have more detailed information. Additionally, all airlines traveling from, to, or within the United States are required to specify all baggage and special item charges at the time of passenger fare quote.

Domestic

Carry On:

Free

Checked Bag

  • First Bag:$25
  • Second Bag:$35
  • Third Bag +:$150to$200

Oversized Bag

  • First Bag:$225
  • Second Bag:$235
  • Third Bag +:$350to$400

Overweight Bag

  • First Bag:$125
  • Second Bag:$135
  • Third Bag +:$250to$300

Pet in Cabin:

$125

Pet in Hold:

$200

International

Carry On:

N/A

Checked Bag

  • First Bag:$25
  • Second Bag:$40to$200
  • Third Bag +:$25to$200

Oversized Bag

  • First Bag:$225
  • Second Bag:$240
  • Third Bag +:$350to$400

Overweight Bag

  • First Bag:$125
  • Second Bag:$140
  • Third Bag +:$250to$300

Pet in Cabin:

N/A

Pet in Hold:

$200

See more information on rules, guidance, and enforcement orders for baggage issues at the U.S. Dept. of Transportation's Baggage Fee Disclosure Rules page.

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