American Airlines drops free standby for most passengers

02/10/2010 | Bloomberg

Most American Airlines' passengers will no longer be able to stand by for a different flight on their day of travel without paying a fee. However, the free-standby option will still be in effect for higher-level members of its frequent-flier program, for first- and business-class travelers, for those paying military fares and for some coach passengers, according to a statement from the airline. All passengers will be able to pay a $50 fee for a guaranteed same-day flight change if space is available.

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