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Conditions of Carriage


Notice to American Airlines passengers
Your ticket and the following Conditions of Carriage constitute the contract between you, the passenger, and American Airlines, Inc. American Eagle ("American") and apply to all transportation provided by American (including transportation on codeshare partners) between points in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Foreign air transportation is governed by applicable tariffs on file with the Department of Transportation.
 
American is responsible for transportation on flight segments operated by American and transportation provided by codeshare partners on codeshare itineraries. American will act as an agent to issue tickets, check baggage, and book reservations for transportation via other carriers which have interline agreements with American. Other carriers may have different terms and conditions applicable to their flights. These may be obtained directly from the other carriers.
 
Please read your contract carefully.
American Airlines, Inc.
P.O. Box 619616, MD 5435
DFW Airport, TX 75261-9616
American Airlines Conditions of Carriage
  1. Definitions
  2. Fare changes
  3. Responsibility for Schedules and Operations
  4. Force Majeure
  5. Oversales
  6. Baggage
    Liability
    General Acceptance
    Checking Your Bag
    Carry-on Baggage
    Checked Baggage
    Fragile, Perishable and Hazardous Items
    Firearms
    Live Animals
    Further baggage Information
  7. Check-in Requirements and Baggage Acceptance Cutoff Times
  8. Acceptance of Passengers
  9. Acceptance of Children
    Accompanied
    Unaccompanied
  10. Refunds
    General Refunds
    Involuntary Refunds
    Lost Tickets
  11. Ticket Validity
  12. Ticket Validity
    Compliance with Terms and Conditions of Sale
  13. Claims
  14. Lowest Fare Availability/Guaranteed Fare
  15. Customers with Disabilities
  16. Aircraft Information
  17. Customer Relations
  18. Delays, Cancellations and Diversions
  19. Essential Needs During Extraordinary Delays
  20. Authority to Change Contract
  21. Frequent Flyer Award Disclosure
  22. Service with Domestic Code Share Partners
DEFINITIONS
 
As used in this contract, ticket means your passenger ticket and baggage check which incorporates these Conditions of Carriage.
 
Baggage means such articles, effects and other personal property as are necessary or appropriate for your wear, use, comfort or convenience in connection with your trip, whether checked in the cargo compartment or carried in the passenger compartment of the aircraft.
 
American Ticket Office means a ticket sales location of American Airlines, Inc./ American Eagle or the office of one of its appointed travel agents.
 
FARE CHANGES
 
The price of transportation is printed on each ticket. If, after a ticket has been issued and before any portion has been used, a decrease in the applicable fares or charges becomes effective, or a new fare between the points shown on the ticket is added, the full amount of the difference in fares less any change fees applicable to the original fare rule and date of purchase, will be refunded to the purchaser, upon request, provided there is no change in origin/destination/stopover points/flights/dates shown on the original ticket and, subsequent to the decrease in fares/charges or the addition of a new fare, all conditions of the lower fares/charges are met, including booking code and any advance reservations/ticketing requirements. When reduced fares are for sale for a limited period of time, American reserves the right to decline to issue refunds. For non-refundable fares, the passenger will receive the difference in the fares in the form of a non-refundable AA travel voucher.
 
If American increases the price for the transportation, an additional collection may be made for:
  1. Any segments where you change your flight to a different time, date or routing from that shown on your ticket, and
  2. Any segment shown as "open" on your ticket.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR SCHEDULES AND OPERATIONS
 
American will endeavor to carry you and your baggage with reasonable dispatch, but times shown in timetables or elsewhere are not guaranteed and form no part of this contract. American may, without notice, substitute alternate carriers or aircraft and, if necessary, may alter or omit stopping places shown on the ticket. Schedules are subject to change without notice. American is not responsible for or liable for failure to make connections, or to operate any flight according to schedule, or for a change to the schedule of any flight. Under no circumstances shall American be liable for any special, incidental or consequential damages arising from the foregoing.
 
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FORCE MAJEURE EVENTS
 
AA may, in the event of a force majeure event, without notice, cancel, terminate, divert, postpone or delay any flight or the right of carriage or reservation of traffic accommodations without liability except to issue an involuntary refund. The involuntary refund will be made in the original form of payment in accordance with involuntary refund rules for any unused portion of the ticket. AA will also reserve the right to determine if any departure or landing should be made without any liability except the afore mentioned involuntary refund.
 
Force Majeure Event Means
  1. Any condition beyond AA's control including, but without limitation, meteorological conditions, acts of God, riots, civil commotion, embargoes, wars, hostilities, disturbances or unsettled international conditions - actual threatened or reported. Also, because of any delay, demand, circumstances or requirement due, directly or indirectly to such conditions, or
  2. Any strike, work stoppage, slowdown, lockout or any other labor related dispute involving or affecting AA's service, or
  3. Any government regulation, demand or requirement, or
  4. Any shortage of labor, fuel or facilities of AA or others, or
  5. Any fact not reasonably foreseen, anticipated or predicted by AA.
OVERSALES
 
If a flight is oversold (more passengers hold confirmed reservations than there are seats available), and you are denied boarding involuntarily at the airport, you will be entitled to a payment of "denied boarding compensation" from American unless
  1. American arranges for you to be transported on another flight scheduled to arrive at your destination or next 4-hour stopover no later than one hour after your originally scheduled arrival time, or
  2. You did not fully comply with American's ticketing and check-in requirements, as set forth in the check-in requirements section, or cannot be accepted for transportation under the rules set forth the acceptance of passengers section.
  3. You are denied boarding because the flight is canceled, or
  4. You are denied boarding because a smaller capacity aircraft was substituted for safety or operational reasons,
  5. You are offered accommodations in a section of the aircraft other than specified on your ticket, at no additional charge. If you are seated in a section for which a lower fare is applicable, you will be given an appropriate refund.
  6. You are denied boarding on an American Eagle/Connection aircraft with a designed seating capacity of 30 through 60 seats because of weight/balance restrictions required by operational or safety reasons.
On American Airlines flights and American Eagle/Connection flights with more than 30 seats, if you are eligible for denied boarding compensation, you will be offered a payment equal to the sum of the face value of your flight coupon(s) to your point of destination or first stopover, subject to a maximum of $400. However, if American cannot arrange "alternate transportation" (as defined below) for you, the compensation will be doubled subject to a maximum of $800.
 
On American Eagle flights with 30 seats or less, if you are eligible for denied boarding compensation the total value of the coupon in question will be refunded (not to exceed $100.00) and you will be transported, free of charge, on the next available American Eagle flight to your destination or next point of stopover/connection. The total value of the coupon (not to exceed $100.00) will be refunded without regard to the availability of later service or your arrival time on that service at your destination or next point of stopover/ connection.
 
The "value" of a flight coupon is the one-way fare for the flight segment(s) shown on the coupon(s) (including any surcharge and air transportation tax, minus any applicable discount) to your destination or next scheduled 4-hour stopover. "Alternate transportation" is air transportation or other transportation used by you which, at the time the arrangement is made, is scheduled to arrive at your destination or next scheduled stopover no later than 2 hours (for domestic flights) or 4 hours (for international flights) after your originally scheduled arrival time.
 
If you voluntarily relinquish your confirmed reservation upon request by American, you may receive a travel voucher valid for travel on American. Likewise, if you are entitled to denied boarding compensation, you may elect to receive a travel voucher valid for travel on American. These travel vouchers may be used only for the purchase of air transportation on American, and must be used within one (1) year of their issuance.
 
Your acceptance of denied boarding compensation relieves American from any further liability caused by its failure to honor your confirmed reservation.
 
Upon request, reservations representatives or airport agents will advise you if your flight is overbooked at the time your reservation is made or during the airport check-in process.
 
BAGGAGE
 
Liability
American's liability for loss, damage or delayed delivery of checked or transferred baggage is limited to the actual value of the baggage or $3,300, whichever is less, unless the passenger declares a higher value (not to exceed $5000.00 including the $3,300 standard liability per passenger) and pays American a sum of $2.00 per $100.00 (or any portion thereof) of excess value.
 
The standard liability of $3,300 is applicable for travel beginning December 22, 2008.
 
Customers with disabilities traveling with wheelchairs or other mobility devices are exempt from liability restrictions for loss, damage or delays to these items for both domestic and international travel.
 
American assumes no responsibility for loss, damage or delayed delivery of transferred baggage not acceptable for transportation by American as checked baggage, items damaged as a result of items contained in checked or transferred baggage, and items accepted by American pursuant to the execution of a release form. American does not accept in or as checked baggage any of the following items: antiques, artifacts, artwork, books and documents, china, computers and other electronic equipment, computer software, fragile items (including child/infant restraint devices such as strollers and car seats), eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses, non-prescription sunglasses and all other eyewear and eye/vision devices whether lenses are glass, plastic, or some other material, furs, heirlooms, items carried in the passenger compartment of the aircraft, liquids, medicines, money, orthotics, surgical supports, perishable items, photographic, video and optical equipment, precious metals, stones or jewelry, securities and negotiable papers, silverware, samples, unique or irreplaceable items or any other similar valuable items. American does not accept these items in or as checked baggage and assumes no responsibility or liability for such items, regardless of whether American knew or should have known of the presence of such items in checked or transferred baggage. If any such items are lost, damaged or delayed, you will not be entitled to any reimbursement under American's standard baggage liability, or under any declared excess valuation. Do not attempt to check these items. Carry them with you in the passenger cabin (subject to carryon baggage limitations).
 
American assumes no liability for articles carried in the passenger cabin.
 
American assumes no liability for minor damage such as scratches, scuffs, stains, dents, cuts and dirt resulting from normal wear and tear.

American assumes no liability for recreational/sports items not presented in a hard-sided case.

American assumes no liability for musical instruments not presented in a hard-sided case.

American is not responsible for damage to contents if the outside of the hard-sided case is not damaged.
 
American assumes no responsibility for damage to or loss of protruding baggage parts such as wheels, straps, pockets, pull handles, hanger hooks or other items attached to the baggage.
 
American assumes no liability for any indirect, consequential, incidental, punitive or special damages resulting from loss, damage or delayed delivery of checked or transferred baggage, including, without limitation, damages for lost revenue or profits, loss of use or business interruption.
 
General Acceptance of Baggage
Only baggage as defined in the definition section will be accepted for transportation. All baggage is subject to inspection. Checked baggage will be accepted for transportation only on flights on which you are traveling. American will not accept baggage whose size, weight, or character makes it unsuitable for transportation on the aircraft as determined by American.
 
Other than exceptions for certain special items, no article will be accepted as baggage if it weighs more than 100 pounds or has a total out side linear dimension (length plus width plus height) of more than 115 inches. Additional restrictions apply to some American Eagle flights. Further information is available at any American ticket office.
 
Checking Your Bag
Your name must appear on all baggage. Baggage will not be checked:
  • To a city not on your routing
  • Beyond your next stopover city
  • Beyond your final destination city
  • Beyond a connecting city if the connecting flight departs from an airport different from the arrival airport
For passengers checking bags, there are baggage acceptance cutoff times. "Baggage acceptance cutoff time" means that customers must present themselves and their baggage to an airline representative for check-in no later than the stated cutoff times for the departure airport.

For customers checking baggage, cutoff time for baggage check-in is 30 minutes before departure for all airports in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands with the following exceptions:

Flights departing Baggage Acceptance Cutoff Time
Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) 40 minutes
Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) 40 minutes
Chicago O'Hare, Illinois (ORD) 40 minutes
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) 40 minutes
Denver, Colorado (DEN) 45 minutes
Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) 45 minutes
Los Angeles, California (LAX) 45 minutes
Miami, Florida (MIA) 45 minutes
Newark, New Jersey (EWR) 40 minutes
New York JFK, New York (JFK) 45 minutes
Orlando, Florida (MCO) 40 minutes
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) 40 minutes
St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands (STX) 45 minutes
St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands (STT) 60 minutes
Washington Dulles, District of Columbia (IAD) 40 minutes

For flights originating outside the U.S., you must check in 60 minutes before departure, and be present at the departure gate and ready to board at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time to retain your reservation and a seat.

Standard baggage acceptance cutoff for flights originating in all airports outside the U.S. is 60 minutes before departure.

For international departures from a U.S. city, standard baggage acceptance cutoff time is 60 minutes.

Checked baggage may be claimed only by the holder of the baggage claim check. Baggage will not be released unless all sums due American are paid. Baggage claim checks must be returned to American on request. American is not responsible to determine that the holder of the claim check is entitled to the baggage. If baggage claim checks are lost, proof of ownership may be required prior to release of the baggage.
 
Acceptance of baggage by the bearer of a claim check without filing a written complaint shall constitute evidence of delivery by American of your baggage, with all original contents, in good condition.
 
In the event your checked bags do not arrive on your flight, reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that the bag is returned to you within 24 hours for flights within the U.S. Our goal to return bags within 24 hours applies only when we are the carrier taking you to your final destination. Returning your bags may take longer on international flights due to flight duration, frequency of flights, or customs and immigration procedures at the destination airport.
 
Listed below are some circumstances that may inhibit our ability to return your bags within 24 hours:

  1. No local name/address/phone numbers are provided
  2. You are located at a remote location or an /unreachable/ address, such as a cruise ship or a camping site
  3. You changed your delivery address, but did not notify us
  4. We have limited flight schedules to your destination
  5. Operational circumstances prevent American airlines or American Eagle from being able to locate or deliver your bags within this time frame.
Carry-on Baggage
The suitability of carry-on baggage will be determined by American. Each customer will be limited to one carry-on bag and one personal item. A personal item includes a purse, briefcase, laptop, or small book bag style backpack. A personal item must fit under the seat. If government regulations are more restrictive, such restrictions shall apply.

A carry-on bag must fit in an overhead compartment or under the seat and should not exceed 45 linear inches(length + width + height). The bag sizer should be used to determine if a bag is within these size limitations.

Note: A garment bag (which does not exceed 45 inches) will count as the passengers carry-on bag.

On American Eagle flights each customer is limited to a personal item in the cabin, but their carry-on item (not exceeding 45 linear inches) will be valet checked at the gate or planeside.

Carry-on items which appear too large or irregularly shaped to fit under a seat, in an overhead compartment, or in a closet or luggage rack will not be accepted for passenger cabin stowage.
 
Any mobility aid or assistive device that is approved for in-cabin transport on American, and is carried by a qualified disabled passenger, is not subject to the free baggage allowance, provided such aid or device fits in an approved stowage space.
 
Additionally, all baggage must be completely stowed before the airplane may depart the gate. At times, additional limits may be placed on carry-on baggage based on the main cabin stowage capacity of specific aircraft. These limits may be imposed after the boarding process has begun. As American aircraft vary in size and configuration, certain restrictions may apply regarding the size and amount of carry-on and checked baggage allowed. Further information is available at any American Airlines or American Eagle ticket counter or by calling American Airlines reservations.
 
Checked Baggage
Customers who purchased domestic economy class tickets on or after August 14, 2009, will be charged $20 each way for the first checked bag and $30 each way for the second checked bag. Customers who purchased domestic economy class tickets on or after June 15, 2008, will be charged $15 each way for the first checked bag and $25 each way for the second checked bag. The total outside dimensions of each piece of checked baggage may not exceed 62 inches and may weigh up to 50 pounds.

The following customers will not be charged the first and/or second Checked Baggage Fee provided the bag is within the size and weight allowance noted above:

  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum® or AAdvantage Gold® members
  • oneworld Alliance Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby members
  • Customers flying on the same reservation as an 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 (not applicable to group bookings)
  • Customers who purchase Business or First Class tickets
  • Customers who purchase full-fare tickets in Economy Class
  • Customers flying on AA codeshare flights not operated by American Airlines, American Eagle or AmericanConnection®
  • U.S. Military passengers on active duty on orders or personal travel
  • U.S. Military dependents traveling on orders
  • AAdvantage AAnytime® Award tickets and MileSAAver First and Business Class Award tickets
  • First and Business Class upgrades confirmed prior to check in
  • An assistive device (required by a medically disabled passenger) will continue to be accepted without charge.

    The following charges are applied to additional oversized and/or overweight pieces of checked baggage for travel within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico:

    Excess Baggage Fees
  • $100 per piece for the 3rd, 4th and 5th checked bags
  • $200 per piece for the 6th checked bag and any additional pieces

    Overweight Baggage Fees
  • Checked baggage weighing over 50 lbs./23 kgs but not more than 70 lbs./32 kgs will be charged at the rate $50 per piece.
  • Checked baggage weighing over 70 lbs / 32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will be charged at the rate of $100 per piece.
  • Baggage weighing more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will not be accepted as checked baggage.
  • These charges are in addition to any charges assessed for additional or oversized baggage.

    Oversized Baggage Fees
  • Checked baggage which is larger than American Airlines stated size limits will be charged at the rate of $150 per piece.
  • These charges are in addition to any charge assessed for additional or overweight baggage.
  • Baggage measuring more than 115 in/292 cm (total outside dimensions; length + width + height) will not be accepted as checked baggage.

    Oversized and Overweight Baggage
    The charge for oversized baggage and the charge for overweight baggage will be added together.
     
    Fragile, Perishable and Hazardous Items
    Fragile and perishable items will be accepted only if the passenger agrees to release American from liability for damage due to spoilage or delay.
     
    Hazardous materials will not be accepted as baggage except for limited amounts of dry ice subject to Americans rules.
     
    Firearms
    Firearms and ammunition will be accepted only as checked baggage, subject to American's rules.
     
    Live Animals
    Pets (cats and dogs only) will be accepted as baggage when confined in a container, subject to American's rules and charges. Live animals will not be accepted for interline transfer to other airline flights. Certain restrictions apply for some American Eagle flights. Further information is available at any American Ticket Office.
     
    Further Baggage Information
    Further information regarding American's rules for specific items may be obtained from any American Ticket Office. American's classification of an item shall be final.
     
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    CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS AND BAGGAGE ACCEPTANCE CUTOFF TIMES
    RECOMMENDED CHECK-IN TIMES
    When travel is completely within the U.S. including Puerto Rico, and on flights to Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, recommended check-in time is at least 90 minutes prior to departure when checking baggage, and at least 60 minutes prior to departure if not checking baggage.

    For flights departing Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, recommended check-in time is at least two hours prior to scheduled departure.

    For international flights, we recommend you arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to departure to allow sufficient time to complete all necessary international requirements.

    Recommended check-in times for cities that exceed two hours:

    Flights departing Recommended Check-In Time
    Aruba, Aruba (AUA) 180 minutes
    Bermuda, Bermuda (BDA) 150 minutes
    Canada (All cities) 180 minutes (3 hours)
    Delhi, India (DEL) 210 minutes
    Dublin, Ireland (DUB) 180 minutes
    Mexico (All cities) 180 minutes
    Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) 180 minutes
    Paris Charles De Gaulle, France (CDG) 180 minutes
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) 180 minutes
    Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS) 180 minutes
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) 180 minutes
    Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) 180 minutes

    CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS AND BAGGAGE ACCEPTANCE CUTOFF TIMES

    Customers must comply with minimum check-in requirements to retain their seats on the flight on which they are confirmed. Pre-reserved seats are subject to cancellation unless you have checked in (obtained a boarding pass) at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure. American does not guarantee to provide any particular seat on the aircraft.

    For passengers checking bags, there are also baggage acceptance cutoff times. "Baggage acceptance cutoff time" means that customers must present themselves and their baggage to an airline representative for check-in no later than the stated cutoff times for the departure airport.

    DOMESTIC TRAVEL
    In addition to checking in 30 minutes before departure, you must be present at the departure gate and ready to board at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time to retain your reservation and a seat.

    For customers checking baggage, cutoff time for baggage check-in is 30 minutes before departure for all airports in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands with the following exceptions:

    Flights departing Baggage Acceptance Cutoff Time
    Anchorage, Alaska (ANC) 40 minutes
    Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) 40 minutes
    Chicago O'Hare, Illinois (ORD) 40 minutes
    Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) 40 minutes
    Denver, Colorado (DEN) 45 minutes
    Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) 45 minutes
    Los Angeles, California (LAX) 45 minutes
    Miami, Florida (MIA) 45 minutes
    Newark, New Jersey (EWR) 40 minutes
    New York JFK, New York (JFK) 45 minutes
    Orlando, Florida (MCO) 40 minutes
    San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) 40 minutes
    St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands (STX) 45 minutes
    St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands (STT) 60 minutes
    Washington Dulles, District of Columbia (IAD) 40 minutes

    INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
    For flights originating outside the U.S., you must check in 60 minutes before departure, and be present at the departure gate and ready to board at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time to retain your reservation and a seat. Standard baggage acceptance cutoff for flights originating in all airports outside the U.S. is 60 minutes before departure.

    For international departures from a U.S. city, standard baggage acceptance cutoff time is 60 minutes.

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    ACCEPTANCE OF PASSENGERS
     
    American may refuse to transport you, or may remove you from your flight at any point, for one or several reasons, including but not limited to the following:
    1. Compliance with government requisition of space.
    2. Action necessary or advisable due to weather, or other conditions beyond American's control.
    3. Refusal to permit a search of person or property for explosives or for deadly, controlled, or dangerous weapons, articles or substances.
    4. Refusal to produce positive identification upon request.
    5. Your physical or mental condition is such that in American's sole opinion, you are rendered or likely to be rendered incapable of comprehending or complying with safety instructions without the assistance of an attendant.
    6. Your conduct is disorderly, abusive or violent, or you
      1. Appear to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs,
      2. Attempt to interfere with any member of the flight crew,
      3. Have a communicable disease that has been determined by a federal public health authority to be transmissible to other persons in the normal course of flight,
      4. Refuse to obey instructions from any flight crew member,
      5. Have an offensive odor not caused by a disability or illness,
      6. Are clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers,
      7. are barefoot, or
      8. Engage in any action, voluntary or involuntary, that might jeopardize the safety of the aircraft or any of its occupants.
    7. Additional information regarding American's passenger acceptance policy may be obtained from any American ticket office.
    ACCEPTANCE OF CHILDREN
     
    Accompanied
    Children 2 through 14 years of age will be accepted for transportation when accompanied by a passenger at least 15 years of age. Infants under 2 years of age will be accepted when accompanied by a passenger at least 15 years of age. Infants under 2 days of age will not be accepted for transportation. For infants up to 7 days old, a medical statement may be required stating the infant is stable for travel.
     
    Unaccompanied
    Children under 5 years of age will not be accepted under any circumstances. Unaccompanied children 5, 6 or 7 years of age will be accepted on a nonstop or through flight only, and must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult until the child is boarded on the flight and the aircraft has departed the gate*. The child must be met at the destination by another parent or responsible adult.
     
    * Note:
    Unaccompanied minors ages 5-7 are restricted on change-of-gauge flights.
     
    Unaccompanied children 5, 6, or 7 years of age will not be accepted on certain American Eagle flights operated in equipment not requiring a flight attendant. Specific information may be obtained through reservations, or at any American ticket office.
     
    Unaccompanied children 8 through 14 years of age will be accepted for transportation on nonstop, through or connecting flights. Reservations must be confirmed to the destination. The child must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult until the child has boarded the flight and the aircraft has departed the gate. The child must be met at the destination by another parent or responsible adult. A service charge will be assessed for unaccompanied children on all flights.
     
    American Airlines, American Eagle, and AmericanConnection do not accept unaccompanied children (UMNR) when their itinerary includes a connection to/from another airline, including codeshare and oneworld partners.

    American will not accept reservations or provide transportation for unaccompanied children for any itinerary that includes the last online connecting flight.
     
    During schedule irregularities, American may refuse to provide connection air transportation services at any origination city to an unaccompanied child holding reservations when there is a reasonable likelihood that the child will not make a flight connection, and therefore require overnight accommodations.
     
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    REFUNDS
     
    General Refunds
    If you decide not to use your ticket, and unless the ticket specifies otherwise, American will issue a refund as follows.
     
    If the ticket is totally unused, the full amount paid will be refunded. However, an administrative service charge or refund penalty up to the full amount paid may be assessed if applicable.
     
    If the ticket is partially used, the refund will be the difference between the fare paid and the fare for the transportation actually used as determined by the applicable rules.
     
    In addition, if the ticket to be refunded is no longer valid for transportation, an administrative service charge will be assessed upon refund of the ticket. This service charge will be collected by deducting the applicable service charge from the amount which otherwise would be refunded. Tickets will be refunded only to the person named on the ticket as passenger, except that:
    1. Tickets purchased with a credit card will be refunded only as a credit to the credit card account,
    2. Tickets issued against a prepaid ticket advice will be refunded only to the purchaser, and
    3. Tickets issued against a government transportation request will be refunded only to the government agency which issued the transportation request.
    Once travel has commenced, refund requests for lower fares will not be honored.
     
    American Airlines and American Eagle will strive to process eligible refunds in the time frames set out below, upon receipt of all required information. Some tickets are not refundable.
     
    For all eligible paper and electronic tickets purchased within the U.S. with a credit card or cash, refunds will be provided within 7 business days of receipt of the required refund information. The credit card refund may take up to two billing cycles before appearing on a credit card statement, so you should contact your credit card company directly to verify receipt of the credit. Tickets purchased with a check will be refunded within 20 days of receipt of the required information.
     
    Refunds for electronic tickets can be obtained by contacting our reservations department or through the refund section on our Web site at AA.com. In addition, refunds on tickets, paper or electronic, less than $3,000 can be obtained at any of our U.S. airport ticket offices or City Ticket Offices. All other refund requests should be sent to the following address:
     
    American Airlines, Inc.
    Passenger Refund Services
    P.O. Box 200025
    El Paso, Texas 88520-9905

    Certain refund requests cannot be accommodated in the time frames discussed above. For example, refunds for lost tickets must be held for 90 days to ensure that they are not found and used. Tickets with adjustments (for example, a customer buys a first class ticket but actually travels in the main or coach cabin) require that we verify the itinerary and class of service flown, and this can take up to 45 days. Tickets that were purchased outside the U.S. require special handling because we must ensure that currency conversion rates are calculated correctly.
     
    Refund for credit card purchases will be made only to the credit card account. Service charges are collected for some refunds e.g., lost tickets. American assumes no liability for any special, incidental, or consequential damages for instances in which we do not meet our goals for processing refunds.
     
    Helpful Suggestions
    To ensure a prompt refund, you must submit all required documentation and information including,
    • Valid ticket submitted to us before expiration date - tickets expire one year from the date of issue
    • Original unused flight coupons for paper tickets
    • Ticket number for electronic tickets
    • Brief written explanation
    • Your name, address, and telephone number(s), form of payment used to purchase the ticket
    Involuntary Refunds
    In the event the refund is required because of American's failure to operate on schedule or refusal to transport, the following refund will be made directly to you -
    1. If the ticket is totally unused, the full amount paid (with no service charge or refund penalty), or
    2. If the ticket is partially used, the applicable fare for the unused segment(s).
    AA shall not be obligated to refund any portion(s) of a ticket which does not reflect a confirmed reservation on an AA flight involved in a schedule irregularity, unless such ticket was issued by AA.

    Whether the refund is voluntary or involuntary, American reserves the right to refuse to make any refund in a currency other than the currency of purchase or in a country other than country of purchase.
     
    Lost Tickets
    Lost tickets will be refunded only if you pay a service charge as specified on the lost ticket application and agree to reimburse American for the amount of the ticket if it is used by someone else.
     
    TICKET VALIDITY
     
    A valid ticket must be presented for transportation. Tickets for itineraries with more than one flight segment must be used in accordance with the sequence of flights as they appear in the ticketed itinerary and receipt. If a paper ticket, the unused flight coupons must be presented attached to the passenger receipt coupon. American has the right, in its sole discretion, to confiscate any ticket that has been altered, mutilated, or improperly issued or which has been improperly presented or presented by someone other than the passenger named on the ticket.
     
    Tickets are valid for use, reissue or refund only by the passenger named on the ticket. Unless otherwise indicated, tickets are not transferable. American is not liable to the owner of a ticket for honoring or refunding a ticket presented by another person.
     
    Period of Validity

    Unless your ticket indicates otherwise, tickets are valid for transportation for one year from date of initial use, or if unused, for one year from date of purchase.
     
    TICKET VALIDITY - COMPLIANCE WITH TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE
     
    Tickets are valid for travel only when used in accordance with all terms and conditions of sale. Terms and conditions of sale include but are not limited to:

    1. The passenger's itinerary, as stated on the ticket or in the passenger's reservation record,
    2. Any requirement that the passenger stay over a specified date or length of time (for example, Saturday night or weekend) at the destination specified on the ticket.
    3. Any special purpose or status (for example, age in the case of senior citizen or children's discounts, military status in the case of a military fare, official government business in the case of a government fare, or attendance at a qualified event in the case of a meeting or convention fare) that entitles the passenger to a special or reduced rate, or
    4. Any other requirement associated with the passenger's fare level.
    Unless a ticket is reissued by American or its authorized agent upon payment of applicable charges, or an authorized representative of American waives applicable restrictions in writing, a ticket is invalid:
    1. If used for travel to a destination other than that specified on the ticket,
    2. If the passenger fails to comply with applicable stay-over requirements,
    3. If the passenger does not meet the purpose or status requirement associated with the fare category on the ticket, or
    4. If American determines that the ticket has been purchased or used in a manner designed to circumvent applicable fare rules.
    American specifically prohibits the practices commonly known as:
     
    Back to Back Ticketing: The combination of two or more roundtrip excursion fares end to end for the purpose of circumventing minimum stay requirements.
     
    Throwaway Ticketing: The usage of roundtrip excursion fare for one-way travel, and
     
    Hidden City/Point Beyond Ticketing: Purchase of a fare from a point before the passenger's actual origin or to a point beyond the passenger's actual destination.
     
    Where a ticket is invalidated as the result of the passenger's non-compliance with any term or condition of sale, American has the right in its sole discretion to:
    1. Cancel any remaining portion of the passenger's itinerary,
    2. Confiscate unused flight coupons,
    3. Refuse to board the passenger or check the passenger's luggage, or
    4. Assess the passenger for the reasonable remaining value of the ticket, which shall be no less than the difference between the fare actually paid and the lowest fare applicable to the passenger's actual itinerary
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    CLAIMS
     
    Loss/Delay
     
    In the case of delay or loss, an initial complaint must be presented to the carrier prior to leaving the arrival airport for which the baggage was checked or should have been checked. At the latest, such initial report must be made within four hours of the arrival of the flight on which the passenger traveled.
     
    If compensation is sought for a delay or loss, a written claim, in the form provided by the carrier, must be received by the carrier no later than thirty days after the initial report was presented and recorded by the carrier.
     
    Damaged Baggage
     
    No action shall lie in the case of damage to baggage unless the person entitled to delivery files an initial report with the carrier prior to leaving the arrival airport, or at the latest, within 24 hours (or for international travel, seven days) from the date of receipt of the baggage.

    Upon the carrier's agreement to accept a damage claim, the damage acknowledgement form provided by the carrier and the damaged property must be presented to the carrier for repair within thirty days from the date the damage acknowledgement form is furnished by the carrier to the passenger.
     
    Legal Action
     
    Legal action premised on or related to damage, delay or loss must be commenced within two years of the date of the incident.
     
    LOWEST FARE AVAILABILITY/GUARANTEED FARE
     
    Customers calling our reservations office or visiting our airline ticket offices or ticket counters will be offered the lowest available fare (exclusive of internet-only fares) when specific dates and times are provided. In the event the lowest available fare is not quoted, American's liability is limited to the difference between the fare quoted and the lowest available fare for which the customer was eligible at that time.
     
    When you make a telephone reservation with American Airlines or when you make a reservation via AA.com, the fare quoted will be guaranteed for 24 hours or until 11:59 p.m. Central Time the following day, whichever allows you more time. If you elect to make changes to the itinerary within this time-frame, the ticket price may change.
     
    CUSTOMERS WITH DISABILITIES
     
    American Airlines and American Eagle endeavor to provide passengers with disabilities dignified, professional, and courteous service at all times. We have a team of employees who regularly consult with disability advisory groups on the quality of our service.
    1. Reservations Special Assistance Coordinators
      American Airlines and American Eagle reservations offices maintain a staff of Special Assistance Coordinators (SAC) who work with customers who have identified themselves as having disabilities. The reservations representative who responds to the customer's initial call passes pertinent information to a SAC who calls the customer back. A toll-free number exists for customers with disabilities to follow-up on travel arrangements with the SAC office. Airport and in-flight personnel are notified of special service requests.
       
    2. Pre-Reserved Seats
      American Airlines and American Eagle block a limited number of seats on each aircraft to accommodate customers who identify themselves as having a qualified disability. Adjacent seats are provided, under certain circumstances, for customers with disabilities who must travel with a companion for assistance.
       
    3. Assistive Devices
      American Airlines and American Eagle accept motorized and non-motorized assistive devices for transport. When necessary, we will disassemble and reassemble wheelchairs or assistive devices for customers when they travel. American Airlines and American Eagle provide storage for one passenger's collapsible, manual wheelchair in the cabin of each jet aircraft. This service is available on a first-come, first served basis, and has priority over carry-on baggage belonging to other customers who board at the same city, provided the customer follows the preboarding procedure. In-cabin stowage space for assistive devices cannot be pre-reserved, but American Airlines and American Eagle accept carry-on wheelchairs, provided they collapse to fit in an overhead bin or under a seat.

      Non-collapsible wheelchairs/scooters are accepted as checked baggage. These items can be checked at the main ticket counter or the departure gate. American Airlines and American Eagle offer a special wheelchair service that allows you to check your wheelchair at the departure gate and claim it at your arrival gate free of charge. Although you can arrange to claim your chair at the connecting city we recommend that the chair be checked through to the final destination. The additional time required to claim and re-check your chair at the connecting city may compromise your ability to make your connection. American Airlines and American Eagle have wheelchairs and our representatives provide wheelchair service at connecting airports. Please let us know you will need this assistance when making your reservation.
      Assistive devices approved for cabin transport do not count towards the combined number of checked and carry-on baggage a passenger is allowed free of charge, nor do they count towards the limit on carry-on items you may bring on board.
       
    4. Boarding Assistance
      If you have special needs, upon request, pre-boarding assistance will be provided to you, allowing you the opportunity to be seated prior to general boarding. A special aisle chair is available to assist you if you are unable to walk, and all of our jet aircraft are equipped with specially designed seats that feature moveable aisle armrests to help make seating easier.
       
    5. Therapeutic Oxygen
      American Airlines provides onboard therapeutic oxygen, subject to availability. This service is not available on American Eagle flights. The reservations special assistance coordinators arrange for this service upon 48 hours advance notice. A doctors prescription is required advising of the liters per minute flow rate. A fee is charged for this service.
       
    6. Complaint Resolution Officials for Customers with Special Needs
      We have employees at airports who are trained as local complaint resolution officials (LCRO) and are available during operating hours. A corporate complaint resolution official is available to assist LCROs 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

    AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
     
    American Airlines and American Eagle reservations representatives will advise you when it will be necessary for you to move from one aircraft to another during your travel, including when the flight number remains the same.
     
    American Airlines and American Eagle reservations representatives are able to provide you with a wide variety of information related to the American Airlines and American Eagle fleets. Aircraft configuration, seat size, and seat pitch are just a few examples of information that can be obtained from our reservations representatives. This information is also available at the AA.com Web site.
     
    CUSTOMER RELATIONS
     
    Our customer relations department is dedicated to addressing unresolved customer comments and concerns. The customer relations department will respond to our customers written complaints within 60 days.
     
    DELAYS, CANCELLATIONS AND DIVERSIONS
     
    American Airlines and American Eagle will provide customers at the airport and onboard an affected aircraft with timely and frequent updates regarding known delays, cancellations and diversions and will strive to provide the best available information concerning the duration of delays and to the extent available, the flight's anticipated departure time. We are not responsible for any special, incidental or consequential damages if we do not meet this commitment.
     
    When cancellations and major delays are experienced, you will be rerouted on our next flight with available seats. If the delay or cancellation was caused by events within our control and we do not get you to your final destination on the expected arrival day, we will provide reasonable overnight accommodations, subject to availability.
     
    In extreme circumstances, it is possible that a flight will cancel while on the ground in the city to which it was diverted. When this happens you will be rerouted on the next American Airlines or American Eagle flight with available seats, or in some circumstances on another airline or some other alternative means of transportation. If we are unable to reroute you, reasonable overnight accommodations will be provided by American Airlines or American Eagle, subject to availability.
     
    American Airlines and American Eagle will provide amenities for delayed passengers, necessary to maintain the safety and/or welfare of certain passengers such as customers with disabilities, unaccompanied children, the elderly or others to whom such amenities will be furnished consistent with special needs and/or circumstances.
     
    ESSENTIAL NEEDS DURING EXTRAORDINARY DELAYS
     
    In the case of extraordinary events that result in very lengthy onboard delays, American Airlines and American Eagle will make every reasonable effort to ensure that essential needs of food (snack bar such as Nutri-Grain®), water, restroom facilities, and basic medical assistance are met. We are not responsible for any special, incidental or consequential damages if we do not meet this commitment.
     
    AUTHORITY TO CHANGE CONTRACT
     
    No agent, employee or representative of American has authority to alter, modify or waive any provision of the Conditions of Carriage unless authorized in writing by a corporate officer of American.
     
    FREQUENT FLYER AWARD DISCLOSURE
     
    Beginning in 2000, an annual report of award redemption will be published, both at the AA.com Web site and in the AAdvantage Newsletter.
     
    SERVICE WITH DOMESTIC CODESHARE PARTNERS
     
    American Airlines and American Eagle will make their Customer Service Plan readily available to all of our domestic codeshare partners and, to the extent possible, make every reasonable effort to ensure our partners offer comparable levels of service.


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