Coronavirus travel updates

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Caring for you is our priority

The safety and well-being of our customers and team members remains our highest priority. We’re working around the clock to care for you on your travel journey, and we know you’re concerned about your trip.

You are why we fly

You are why we fly

We fly for the same reason we always have and always will: you.
You are why we fly.

An update from Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO

A message from Doug Parker

American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker gives an update on what we’re doing to care for customers, team members and the communities we serve during these extraordinary times.

Travel flexibility and peace of mind

To provide you with more flexibility and control we have waived change fees for certain dates of travel.

If you:

  • Bought your ticket before June 30, 2020, for travel between March 1 and September 30, 2020, you can rebook without change fees*.
  • Buy a new trip March 1 – May 31, 2020, for all future travel, you can also change it a later date without change fees.

Plus, if you have a ticket that is expiring between March 1 and September 30, 2020, the value of your unused ticket can be used for travel through
December 31, 2021.

You may owe any difference in ticket price.

Please contact your travel agent for help if you didn't book directly with us.

*Travel must be completed on or before December 31, 2021.

AAdvantage® award tickets

We’re making AAdvantage® program updates with our members in mind, including more flexibility for award ticket changes.

AAdvantage® program updates

Your trip

Changing your trip

You're allowed to make a change to your trip once, and the change fee will be waived. You can cancel your trip online and call later when you’re ready to rebook, including Basic Economy tickets.

Keep in mind, you may owe any difference in ticket price when you rebook your trip.

Visit the travel alerts page for information about rebooking as waivers are based on destination and dates of purchase.

Travel alerts

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Travel requirements

Face coverings

A face covering is required while flying on American, except for very young children or anyone with a condition that prevents them from wearing one. You also may be required by local law to wear a face covering in the airport where your trip begins, where it ends or where you connect.

  • Please bring your own face covering to use while traveling. While limited quantities of face coverings may be available at the gate, they will not be available for every customer on every flight.
  • Be sure your face covering is on before you board the plane and wear it during your flight.
  • Your face covering may be removed to eat or drink, but please put it back on when you’re done.

Keep in mind, a face covering can be a mask or any secured cloth like a scarf or bandana that covers your nose and mouth. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information.

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Your travel experience

If you’re traveling at this time, we’re here for you and are making temporary changes to the travel experience to prioritize your safety.

At the airport

Curbside check-in / ticket counters

Curbside check-in may not be available. Be sure to check your flight status before you go to the airport, as ticket counter hours may change daily without notice.

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Checked pet service

Due to the increased flight changes, we’ve stopped checking pets for now. Carry-on pets, service and emotional support animals are still allowed to fly in the cabin if they meet the requirements.

Service and emotional support animals

Clubs and lounges

We’ve temporarily closed and consolidated premium clubs and lounges. Operating hours for clubs that remain open may change based on flight schedules.

Changes at clubs and lounges

On our planes

Food and drinks

We’re limiting food and drink service in the Main Cabin based on flight length and destination. You’re welcome to bring snacks and soft drinks on board to enjoy during your flight.

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Seat assignments

We’re continuing to limit the number of customers on our flights.

When time and flights permit, gate agents may reassign seats to create more space between customers or to accommodate families who need to be seated together.

Once boarding is complete you can move to another seat within your ticketed cabin.*

*Not guaranteed, subject to availability and aircraft weight and balance restrictions.

Committed to your safety

More thorough cleaning, more often

On every journey you take on American, your safety and well-being, and that of our team members, is our top priority.

Improvements to cleaning procedures will begin in early May 2020 and will expand to every mainline and regional flight over time.

Here's what we're doing to make your journey with us safe:

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Updated at 9 a.m. (Central Time) on May 30, 2020