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    American Airlines Announces Changes to Checked Bag Policy

    American Airlines today announced revisions to its baggage policy to account for the rising costs associated with the transportation of checked baggage, including the price of fuel. The policy changes also apply to travelers on American Eagle.

    Travelers who purchase domestic economy class tickets on or after Monday, May 12, will be able to check one bag for free and pay $25 for a second checked bag. The exceptions are:

    -- Those in American's AAdvantage program who have achieved AAdvantage  Gold, AAdvantage Platinum and AAdvantage Executive Platinum levels; 
    -- Those who have purchased full-fare tickets in the Economy, Business and First Class cabins; and 
    -- Those with international itineraries (except to and from Canada and U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

    Based on the exceptions listed above, American estimates that approximately 4 percent of its domestic customers who check more than one bag will be charged the $25 second bag fee.

    Customers may pay the fees at an airport Self-Service Machine or at the curb-side check-in area with a credit card. They can also pay the fee at the check-in counter with a credit card, check or cash.

    More information about American's revised checked baggage policies for domestic and international itineraries is available at http://www.aa.com/.

    About American Airlines

    American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in over 140 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, the AmericanConnection® airlines, AA.com and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc.

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    FCMN Contact: rick.wilbins@aa.com

    SOURCE: American Airlines

    CONTACT: Fort Worth, Texas, Charley Wilson, Corporate Communications of
    American Airlines, +1-817-967-1577, corp.comm@aa.com

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