by Michael J. Shapiro | April 09, 2014
American Airlines has made changes to its checked-bag policies, mileage-redemption rules and inflight services, another step toward creating a consistent experience between American and the former US Airways. The carrier has removed the charge for second bags on flights to or from South America, for starters, and tightened up bag policies for loyalty-program members: Those at the AAdvantage Gold level and Dividend Miles Platinum and Gold levels will receive one fewer free checked bag than previously. Those flying on AAnytime award or full-fare economy tickets will no longer receive free checked bags. American Airlines Citi cardholders will continue to receive one free checked bag and, as of April 30, so will cardholders of the US Airways MasterCard who pay an annual fee of at least $79. These changes take effect immediately for American ticket holders and on April 23 for flights operated by US Airways.

For award travel, beginning immediately for travel starting June 1, Dividend Miles members can book last-seat availability for flights year-round without any blackout dates. For AAdvantage members, AAnytime award travel will be available more than half the year at reduced redemption rates. Additional details can be found at or

In terms of inflight benefits, new meal selections will be offered to US Airways first-class passengers on flights longer than about 2 hours, 45 minutes, as will new entertainment options for those on US Airways-operated international business class and domestic business class on some planes. Details can be found at