American Airlines

American Airlines

With over 6,700 flights per day to over 350 destinations in 50 countries it is hard to believe that American Airlines started life in 1926 with just a biplane owned by Charles A Lindbergh, delivering mail from Chicago to St Louis. With its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, American Airlines operates a vast international and domestic network of flights, carrying over 190 million passengers every year across South America, Europe and Asia.

*Information on this page is correct as of May 2016

Why Fly with American Airlines?

How to Check In

American Airlines offers online, self service, mobile and airport check-in options. Online and mobile check-in is available from 24 hours up to 1 hour before scheduled departure, allowing passengers to check-in luggage, print their boarding passes and select seats prior to boarding. Bags have to be dropped off at the designated drop off point on arrival at the airport. Self service airport kiosks enable passengers to check-in speedily up to 3 hours before flight departure or alternatively they can go to one of the manned check-in desks at the airport. American Airlines recommends passengers check-in 90 minutes before departure if checking-in bags. Travelers without hold luggage they can check-in 1 hour before departure. Priority check-in is also available for customers in First and Business class.

Baggage Allowance and Fees

The permitted cabin baggage allowance on American Airlines is 1 cabin bag and 1 personal item per person. The maximum dimensions of the cabin bag are 56cm x 35cm x 23cm. For passengers wanting to place luggage in the hold there is a charge per bag. The first bag on Economy flights is $25 each way and $35 for a second bag and must not exceed 23kg each. For some European, Indian and Canadian destinations charges may not apply. Please check with the airline for more information. Business and First class travelers may check-in up to three pieces of hold luggage free of charge. Excess baggage is charged at a rate of $100 per piece each way.


Assigned seating is allocated by American Airlines free of charge; however, should Economy customers wish to specify either a window or aisle seat or one with more legroom, additional charges will be incurred. Please check with the airline as they vary depending on the type of ticket and destination. Flat bed seats are offered free of charge to passengers in First and Business class.

Booking Fees

American Airlines charge a flat rate of £4.50 per ticket for bookings paid for by credit card or via Paypal. Debit cards do not incur any additional fees.

American Airlines

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