American Launches Basic Economy Fare Similar to United’s

American Airlines will introduce a Basic Economy fare on February 10th that, like United’s planned Basic Economy offering, precludes passengers from carrying on bags that require overhead storage. Similar to United’s basic fare, passengers purchasing American’s fare do not get to choose their own seats, are placed in the last boarding group and are limited to carrying on a single personal item that can fit under the seat. Passengers who neglect this and have to check a bag at that gate will be charged an extra $25 on top of the standard checked-bag fee. Read more.