AA to charge $5 for online booking?

Aug 7th, 2008, 02:33 PM
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AA to charge $5 for online booking?

Today I heard that AA will charge $5 to make res. online at their site. Has anyone else heard this? Any further info? Thanks!
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Aug 7th, 2008, 02:39 PM
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I believe the $5 is for booking FF award tickets.
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Aug 7th, 2008, 02:46 PM
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That's not a new charge, then. I was under the impression that this is a new charge for ANY booking done at their site. It would give new meaning to their "enhanced" search menu!
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Aug 7th, 2008, 06:09 PM
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I just wish the airline(s) would start charging the real fare and stop playing the stupid fare games.

Let's stop with the BS!!!

You have a child - charge
You have baggage - charge
You show up - charge
You are Caucasian - charge
You are Black - charge

Where does it end?

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Aug 7th, 2008, 06:27 PM
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Just booked FF tickets and the charge was $20 for each ticket. I think the charge for reg. tickets has been $10 for along time.
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Aug 7th, 2008, 07:47 PM
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I just tried a dummy booking and this is what I found - no charge to book revenue tickets online.

************************************

To complete your purchase you may use one of the following options:
* AA.com - NO FEES APPLY to purchase online.
* Other Options - FEES APPLY

link to 'other options'
https://www.aa.com/aa/i18nForward.do...ingOptions.jsp

# AA Reservations - Call AA Reservations with your itinerary information.
A $20 USD fee applies for U.S. locations.

# AA Airport Ticket counter - Visit an AA Airport Ticket Counter and provide your itinerary information.
A $30 USD fee applies for U.S. locations.

# AA Travel Center - Visit an AA Travel Center and provide your itinerary information.
A $30 USD fee applies for U.S. locations.


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Aug 8th, 2008, 07:46 AM
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This morning I heard something on TV, not sure which airline, for international FF flights the charge will be $350.
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Aug 8th, 2008, 07:50 AM
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This morning I heard something on TV, not sure which airline, for international FF flights the charge will be $350.

American just announced yesterday that it is raising the co-pay for international upgrades to $350 each way. That's probably what you heard.
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Aug 8th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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That is probably the September 11 Security Fee. It is "2.50 per enplanement". So it would be $5 for a return trip with nonstops each way.
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Aug 8th, 2008, 11:56 AM
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Being a 1K I wasn't aware of United's new fees for award bookings, see below. They don't charge 1Ks these fees but they still charge the Sept 11 fee.

Award travel booked and ticketed less than 21 days prior to departure is subject to an additional non-refundable close-in processing fee, whether purchased through united.com, a United ticketing agency or United Reservations. This fee is charged on the credit card used to support the award ticketing transaction and may take up to 1 week for processing.

Award travel ticketed six days or less prior to departure $100

Award travel ticketed 7-20 days prior to departure $75

Award travel ticketed 21 days or more prior to departure $ 0

Our 1K and Global ServicesSM members are exempt from all fees.
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Aug 8th, 2008, 12:13 PM
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I just bought a ticket today on AA, and I definitely was not charged $5 for online booking.

The $350 co-pay that you heard, Faina, is for upgrades to Europe etc. The co-pay used to be $300 one-way, and now it'll be $350 starting October 1st.
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Aug 8th, 2008, 12:56 PM
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Who needs that Europe anyway

Thanks guys!
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Aug 9th, 2008, 08:53 PM
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I think airlines are making a huge tactical error with the add on charges. If they need $15 more... just raise the stinkin' ticket price, don't make us pay to check a suitcase. What a bunch of dopes!
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Aug 10th, 2008, 02:59 AM
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Revenue from the most recent quarter from 'add on fees' would suggest that this these are NOT a bad business error. Several of the major airlines, including AA and JetBlue were pleasantly surprised at the strength of that revenue.

I believe there is more to come. Not sure I like it, but the traveling public has made it clear time and time again they want low fares over just about all else.
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