Basic Economy

Basic Economy

Our lowest Main Cabin fare

Same great service

If you want our lowest price, try our Basic Economy fare. There are some restrictions, but you’ll still get a comfortable seat in the Main Cabin and enjoy free snacks, soft drinks and inflight entertainment.

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A ticket gets you a seat in Main Cabin, with restrictions:

  • 1 item that fits under the seat in front of you (no access to overhead bins)*
  • Seats assigned at check-in
  • Fees to choose a specific seat
  • Not eligible for upgrades
  • No flight changes or refunds
  • Board in last group*

Baggage details

You can board with 1 item like a purse or small handbag that fits under the seat in front of you and is not larger than 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm). You won't have access to overhead bins.

In addition to your 1 item, pets and musical instruments that meet our guidelines can be carried on but will be subject to standard charges.

All other items must be checked at ticket counters and cannot be carried on. If you take them to the gate you'll pay an extra $25 gate service fee per item plus the applicable bag fee.

Seat details

You can choose a specific seat within 48 hours of departure, but a fee will apply. Otherwise, seats will be automatically assigned for free when you check in.

AAdvantage® members

Elite status and eligible AAdvantage® credit cardmembers

AAdvantage® elite status members and eligible Citi® / AAdvantage® or AAdvantage® AviatorTM Mastercard® cardmembers are exempt from certain restrictions.**

You can ...

  • Take 1 item that fits under the seat (no larger than 18 x 14 x 8 in.)
  • Take 1 item free of charge to store in the overhead bin (no larger than 22 x 14 x 9 in.)
  • Keep your priority or preferred boarding privileges
  • Keep your checked bag benefits

Award miles and elite qualification

  • Award miles and Elite Qualifying Dollars (EQDs) earned based on ticket price (includes base fare plus carrier-imposed fees; excludes government-imposed taxes and fees)
  • Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) and Elite Qualifying Segments (EQSs) earned at a reduced rate of 0.5 per mile/flight segment flown

*Restriction doesn't apply to AAdvantage® elite status members or eligible AAdvantage® credit cardmembers.

**Eligible cards include:

  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World EliteTM Mastercard®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select World EliteTM Mastercard®
  • CitiBusiness / AAdvantage® Platinum Select World EliteTM Mastercard®
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® American Express® Card
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Visa Signature
  • AAdvantage® AviatorTM Silver Mastercard®
  • AAdvantage® AviatorTM Red Mastercard®
  • AAdvantage® AviatorTM Business Mastercard®

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