American Airlines Tests Perks for Those Without Carry-Ons

by Christopher Freeburn | March 28, 2013 10:33 am

airport American Airlines Tests Perks for Those Without Carry Ons[1]Earlier this month, travel blogger JohnnyJet noticed that American Airlines’ (PINK:AAMRQ[2]) gate agents at a Fort Lauderdale airport had invited passengers who didn’t have carry-on items to board their planes after first class passengers[3].

After tweeting his observation and speculation that the airline might be trying out a new boarding procedure, JohnnyJet received a response from the airline. In its tweet, American confirmed that passengers without carry-ons were being allowed to board second at some airports.

By giving passengers without carry-ons boarding preference, airlines make checking bags more attractive. That boosts airline revenue.

Other airlines, including Alaska Airlines (NYSE:ALK[4]) and Southwest (NYSE:LUV[5]) have adopted a similar boarding procedure.

On Wednesday, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved[6] American Airlines merger with US Airways (NYSE:LCC[7]).

Shares of American Airlines surged about 4% in over-the-counter trading on Thursday morning.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/airport.jpg
  2. AAMRQ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAMRQ
  3. who didn’t have carry-on items to board their planes after first class passengers: http://www.johnnyjet.com/2013/03/american-airlines-tests-new-boarding-process/
  4. ALK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ALK
  5. LUV: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LUV
  6. a U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved: http://investorplace.com/2013/03/amr-ceo-may-not-get-his-20m-exit-package/
  7. LCC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LCC

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