American Airlines standby customers get charged

Policy demands $50, includes Caribbean

Starting on February 22, 2010, if
you are flying standby on American Airlines, be prepared to hand over your
boarding pass, and fifty dollars.

The airline announced today that
beginning on the 22nd, the standby policy will change for American Airlines,
American Eagle and AmericanConnection® for travel within and between the U.S.,
Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean or Canada.

Only premium customers will retain
the ability to standby for earlier or later same-day flights. Any customers who
want to secure a Confirmed Flight Change, regardless of their elite status,
will have an option to pay $50 to guarantee a seat on an earlier or later
same-day flight when available.

Exceptions:
• Customers traveling within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin
Islands, the Caribbean or Canada with tickets purchased before February 22,
2010
• Customers who purchase unrestricted Economy Class fares (Y, B, H class of
service)
• Customers who purchase Business or First Class tickets
• Active U.S. Military personnel traveling on orders or personal travel
• Active U.S. Military dependents traveling on orders
• American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum® or
AAdvantage Gold® members
• oneworld® Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby members
• Customers flying on the same reservation as an American Airlines AAdvantage
Executive Platinum, AAdvantage Platinum or AAdvantage Gold member or oneworld
Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby member regardless of frequent flier status
or fare type
• AAirpass® members
• First and Business Class MileSAAver® Awards
• First, Business and Economy Class AAnytime® Awards

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American Airlines will begin charging its standby customers a fee.
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