Implements Bag Embargo To
January 19, 2009 - American Airlines said it will
impose a 30 day bag embargo on all excess, oversize, and overweight
baggage on flights to Santo Domingo, Santiago and Puerto Plata in the
Dominican Republic. This embargo will also apply to Port-au-Prince,
Haiti, when service resumes there.
"American and American Eagle's intent is to provide the best customer service possible and to consider the needs of all passengers," said Peter Dolara, Senior Vice President - Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. "There are limits on the amount of baggage that can be carried in the cabin and cargo areas based on the size of the aircraft."
The embargo will be in effect between Jan. 14 and Feb. 14, 2010. For the
next 30 days, customers traveling to these destinations will be allowed
to check two pieces of baggage of normal checked-bag size and weight -
up to 50 pounds and 62 dimensional inches each. Customers will also be
allowed one properly sized carry-on bag.
Excess, oversize, and overweight baggage will not be accepted for
flights to the destinations covered by the bag embargo. Sports
equipment, such as golf bags, bikes and surfboards, may be checked as
part of the total checked-bag allowance, although additional charges may
American Airlines also announced changes to Checked Bag Charges, it will
change its checked bag charges, effective with tickets purchased on or
after Feb. 1, 2010. The charges apply to travel within the
American's checked bag charges will change to $25 for the first checked
bag and $35 for the second checked bag, payable at the airport on day of
travel. As before, American's top customers are exempt from these
checked bag charges. Among the exemptions are American's elite
AAdvantage members, full-fare customers, confirmed passengers in the
First or Business Class cabin, those traveling on military fares, and
other travelers booked on the same record locator as the premium
American said about 25 percent of its domestic customers pay checked bag
charges, with other customers either exempt from the charge or choosing
to not check a bag while abiding by American's normal carry-on policies.
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