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Customer Service Plan effective Feb. 3, 2012
American Airlines and American Eagle are in business to provide safe, dependable and friendly air transportation to our customers, along with numerous related services. We are dedicated to making every flight you take with us something special. Your safety, comfort and convenience are our most important concerns. American Airlines and American Eagle initially submitted their joint Customer Service Plan to the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 1999 and updated it in 2010 and 2011.
American Airlines and its regional airline partner American Eagle serve almost 250 cities around the world, from Abilene to Zurich, and operate more than 3400 daily flights. Our combined fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. In addition to our extensive domestic service, we serve numerous destinations in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Latin America. The American frequent flyer program, AAdvantage®, is the oldest and largest in the world.
We are in business to provide safe, dependable, and friendly air transportation to our customers, along with numerous related services, in the hopes that you will fly us again and again. We work very hard to make your entire experience with us, from making a reservation to deplaning at your final destination, a positive one. Although we are successful in this effort most of the time, there are times when things do not go as smoothly as we, and you, would like. Operating a network of more than 3400 flights and servicing hundreds of thousands of passengers each day is challenging and complex. Inevitably, some of our flights are affected by adverse circumstances, some of which are within our control and some of which are not.
This Customer Service Plan addresses a number of the service goals we have defined for ourselves. Every customer is important to American Airlines and American Eagle, and we are dedicated to making every flight you take with us something special. Your safety, comfort, and convenience are our most important concerns.
Customers calling our reservations office or visiting our airline ticket offices or ticket counters will be offered the lowest available fare, exclusive of Internet only fares, when specific dates and times are provided. If you do not provide specific information about your travel requirements, we will provide you with a range of fares for your general needs. In the event the lowest available fare is not quoted, American's liability is limited to the difference between the fare quoted and the lowest available fare for which the customer was eligible at that time. If lower AA fares are available online or elsewhere, we will advise this is the case.
American Airlines and American Eagle will provide customers at the airport and onboard an affected aircraft with timely and frequent updates regarding known delays, cancellations, and diversions within 30 minutes of becoming aware of the flight irregularity, and will strive to provide the best available information concerning the duration of delays and, to the extent available, the flight's anticipated departure time.
It is American Airlines and American Eagle's policy to contact you in advance, whenever reasonable, at the phone number(s) provided in the reservation record. If you booked your reservations with a travel agency, Reservations representatives attempt to contact the agency when no customer phone contact exists. In addition, we provide phone, email and text updates for those customers who sign up for Flight Status Notification via aa.com.
When cancellations and major delays are experienced, we will attempt to reroute you on our next flight with available seats. If the delay or cancellation was caused by events within our control and we do not get you to your final destination on the expected arrival day, we will provide reasonable overnight accommodations, subject to availability. If a flight is adversely affected by events beyond our control, you are responsible for your own overnight accommodations, meals and incidental expenses. American Airlines or American Eagle personnel may be able to help you obtain accommodations in these circumstances.
It is sometimes necessary for flights to divert, or land at a location other than the flight's intended destination. Medical emergencies and severe weather conditions are examples of situations when a flight could land in another city. If we believe there is a reasonable possibility that a flight will be diverted, that information will be provided to you before departure, when available. For example, the Orange County/John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, has a curfew for inbound flights of 11 p.m. due to noise restrictions. If we are aware that headwinds will be particularly strong enroute and will impact the flight's arrival time, perhaps making the flight arrive too late to land at Orange County, an announcement will be made that it is possible that the flight will land at Los Angeles International Airport instead. In the event a diversion decision occurs after the aircraft has departed, the in-flight crew will inform you.
In extreme circumstances, it is possible that a flight will cancel while on the ground in the city to which it was diverted. When this happens, we will attempt to reroute you on the next American Airlines or American Eagle flight with available seats, or in some circumstances on another airline or some other alternative means of transportation. If we are unable to reroute you, reasonable overnight accommodations will be provided by American Airlines or American Eagle, subject to availability.
Essential Customer Needs During Extraordinary Delays
Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our customers, and we are focused on having all our flights arrive and deplane on schedule. On very rare occasions, there may be extraordinary events that result in very lengthy onboard delays. These are situations in which an aircraft is delayed on the ground (other than on an active runway or taxiway) but does not have access to a terminal gate for more than two hours. We have developed detailed contingency plans at every domestic airport to address these situations. In such events, we will make every reasonable effort to ensure your essential needs, such as snack food, water, restroom facilities, and basic medical assistance, are met. Every American Airlines and American Eagle U.S. airport team has an operational contingency plan in place to address these needs, which includes coordination with the local airport authorities and other airlines serving the airport when appropriate. Each plan designates a local control person to coordinate activities of the local team and communicate with our central operations team at headquarters.
Whenever possible give us a cell phone number when you make a reservations or check in and sign up for Flight Status Notification on aa.com
Assistance When Your Flight Has Been Delayed or Cancelled
We expect, as you do, that American Airlines and American Eagle will operate flights on time. On occasion, the weather or other challenges can make it difficult, if not impossible to stay on schedule. When a delay or cancellation does occur, our goal is to get you to your destination safely, and as quickly as possible.
For more information related to the services we provide to mitigate the effects of cancellations and misconnections, please click on the following link:
Tips for Assistance When Your Flight Has Been Delayed or Cancelled
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American Airlines and American Eagle have devoted extensive resources and efforts to ensure our customers and their bags travel on the same flight. In the event your checked bags do not arrive on your flight, reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that the bag is returned to you within 24 hours for flights within the U.S. Since we cannot guarantee the delivery of baggage carried by another airline, our goal to return bags within 24 hours applies only when we are the carrier taking you to your final destination. When checked baggage is delayed, an American Airlines/American Eagle Baggage Service Representative will compensate reasonable interim expenses to purchase items necessary for immediate use. Returning your bags may take longer on international flights due to flight duration, frequency of flights, or Customs & Immigration procedures at the destination airport. American Airlines and American Eagle attempt to contact customers whose unclaimed checked baggage contains contact information. If American determines that your baggage is lost, you will be reimbursed for any checked baggage charges.
If you are unable to locate a bag upon arrival, you should notify a baggage service agent prior to leaving the airport. At that time, the bag delivery procedure will be explained, and you will be provided with a brochure explaining the baggage recovery process. You will also be given a local or toll-free phone number that can be used for follow-up. For all U.S. locations, the number is 800-535-5225. This call center is available 24 hours a day to assist you. You will also receive periodic updates regarding the status of your baggage. You may also view the status of your baggage on www.aa.com/bagstatus. For international locations, hours of operation may be limited, but a local phone number is provided so you can obtain baggage information.
Once a delayed or misrouted bag is located, a delivery company will return the bag to your local address at our expense. Listed below are some circumstances that may inhibit our ability to return your bags within 24 hours.
Domestic travel is defined as travel in which the itinerary remains within the U.S., including Puerto Rico and/or the U.S. Virgin Islands. American Airlines and American Eagle will reimburse up to $3,300 (the amount will increase to $3,400 for travel beginning on June 6, 2013) per ticketed domestic customer for lost or damaged checked baggage, subject to claim verification. The specific procedures for making lost or damaged baggage claims will be provided to you at the time a claim is filed. We will not pay for normal wear and tear on checked baggage or for loss or damage to belongings you carry on board in the passenger cabin. Certain items (e.g., cash, jewelry, cameras) are excluded from liability for lost or damaged checked baggage. A complete list of the limitations and exclusions is in our conditions of carriage and is also available upon request.
International travel is defined as travel in which the itinerary contains one or more segments of travel outside of the U.S., including Puerto Rico and/or the U.S. Virgin Islands. For travel governed by the Warsaw Convention, we will reimburse up to $9.07 per pound, up to a maximum weight of 70 pounds per checked bag (a maximum of $634.90 per checked bag). For travel governed by the Montreal Convention, we will reimburse up to 1,131 SDR's per ticketed customer. These limits may be lower for additional pieces to certain international destinations or when using connecting carriers.
Federal regulations require that checked baggage remain unlocked. Improperly packed items (e.g., boxes) or those considered fragile (e.g., paintings) may not be covered under American Airlines or American Eagle's baggage liability provisions. If the value of the contents of a checked bag exceeds our standard coverage you may purchase additional baggage insurance. This insurance, known as excess value coverage, may be purchased at the ticket counter when checking in. Excess value insurance does not cover damage. Not all high value items are covered by this insurance, so you should verify with the agent that your specific belongings are included.
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When you make a reservation seven or more days prior to departure by telephone with American Airlines Reservations or via aa.com for American Airlines flights (including American Airlines flights operated by codeshare partners), the reservation can be held and the fare quoted will be guaranteed for 24 hours or until 11:59 p.m. Central Time the following day, whichever allows you more time to purchase your ticket. Once payment is received, normal refund policies apply to the ticket. If you elect to make changes to the itinerary, the ticket price may change.
For additional information, in the U.S., please contact American Airlines or American Eagle at 800-433-7300 for further information. If assistance is needed in Spanish, you may dial 800-633-3711. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, you may contact American Airlines or American Eagle at 800-543-1586. International reservations are handled through local offices, and those numbers can be found in local telephone directories.
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American Airlines and American Eagle will strive to process eligible refunds in the time frames set out below, upon receipt of all required information. Some and optional products and services tickets are not refundable.
For all eligible paper and electronic tickets and optional products and services purchased within the U.S. with a credit card or cash, refunds will be provided within 7 business days of receipt of the required refund information. (The credit card refund may take up to two billing cycles before appearing on a credit card statement, so you should contact your credit card company directly to verify receipt of the credit.) Tickets and optional products and services purchased with a check will be refunded within 20 business days of receipt of the required information.
Refunds for electronic tickets can be obtained by contacting our Reservations department or through the Refund section on our website at aa.com. In addition, refunds on tickets (paper and electronic) less than $3,000 can be obtained at any of our U.S. airport ticket offices or city ticket offices. All other refund requests should be sent to the following address:
American Airlines, Inc.
Passenger Refund Services
P. O. Box 200025
El Paso, Texas 88520-0025
Certain refund requests cannot be accommodated in the time frames discussed above. For example, refunds for lost tickets must be held for 90 days to ensure that they are not found and used. Tickets with adjustments (for example, a customer buys a First Class ticket but actually travels in the main or coach cabin) require that we verify the itinerary and class of service flown, and this can take up to 45 days. Tickets purchased through a wholesaler that include non air portions cannot be processed as they are handled by the tour provider. Tickets that were purchased outside the U.S. require special handling because we must ensure that currency conversion rates are calculated correctly.
Refunds for credit card purchases will be made only to the credit card account. Service charges are collected for some refunds (e.g., lost tickets).
To ensure a prompt refund, you must submit all required documentation and information, including:
Unaccompanied Minor Service
American Airlines and American Eagle's unaccompanied minor service allows children in certain circumstances to travel alone on our flights.
We have established the following guidelines for our unaccompanied minor service.
Customers requiring inflight medical oxygen may use only FAA-approved portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) during all phases of the flight. A 48-hour advance notice is required to complete medical paperwork and to ensure that an adequate supply of fully-charged batteries is available to power the device. Please contact Reservations at
American Airlines and American Eagle, like most airlines, overbook flights. We do this because historical information shows that some people do not cancel their reservations when they change their travel plans. Overbooking is done in the best interest of both customers and the airline. Without the revenue produced by filling seats that would otherwise go empty, every airline would have to compensate by raising fares. And just as important, selling our seats in this manner allows us to say "yes" rather than "no" a lot more often when customers call for a seat on the flight of their choice. Just because a flight is overbooked, it does not necessarily mean that customers with reservations will not be accommodated on their flight. The overwhelming majority of overbooked flights depart with all customers who have reservations and are present for departure.
If at departure time more customers with confirmed reservations are present than there are seats available, gate agents will first ask for volunteers who are willing to give up their seats in exchange for compensation and a confirmed seat on a later flight. On extremely rare occasions, a customer may be denied boarding on an involuntary basis, if a sufficient number of volunteers are not obtained. In such events, we will usually deny boarding based upon check-in time, but we may also consider factors such as severe hardships, fare paid, and status within the AAdvantage program. With few exceptions, persons denied boarding involuntarily are entitled to compensation under federal law.
Additional information concerning our overbooking policies can be found in our conditions of carriage. Upon request, reservations representatives or airport agents will advise you if your flight is overbooked at the time your reservation is made or during airport check-in. Bear in mind that, as stated above, most overbooked flights do in fact have sufficient seats to accommodate all customers who are present for departure.
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Arrival at the Airport
Please review the suggestions so that you have enough time to catch your flight. In addition, you can check the latest travel alerts to learn about circumstances that could affect schedules, airport operation and parking as well as flight status information for gates and times.
Within the U.S. as well as flights to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands check in:
|Flights departing||Recommended Check-In Time|
|Aruba, Aruba (AUA)||180 minutes|
|Bermuda, Bermuda (BDA)||150 minutes|
|Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)||180 minutes|
|Canada (All cities)||180 minutes|
|Caracas, Venezuela (CCS)||180 minutes|
|Dublin, Ireland (DUB)||180 minutes|
|Lima, Peru (LIM)||180 minutes|
|Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR)||180 minutes|
|Mexico (All cities)||180 minutes|
|Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)||180 minutes|
|Paris Charles De Gaulle, France (CDG)||180 minutes|
|Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)||180 minutes|
|Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago (POS)||180 minutes|
|San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)||180 minutes|
|Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)||180 minutes|
To retain your pre-reserved seat on a confirmed flight, please adhere to the minimum check in and gate arrival times listed. We have suggested airport arrival times above to help you check in and get through Security with enough time.For flights within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands:
Note: Particular seats on the aircraft are not guaranteed.Minimum Time for Checked Baggage Acceptance
To help us get your bag on the same flight with you, we have implemented baggage acceptance cutoff times. Please present your bag to an airline representative for check-in no later than the stated cutoff times for the departure airport.For flights within and between the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands:
|Flights departing||Check-in Cutoff Time|
|Atlanta, Georgia (ATL)||45 minutes|
|Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)||75 minutes|
|Caracas, Venezuela (CCS)||90 minutes|
|Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT)||45 minutes|
|Chicago O'Hare, Illinois (ORD)||45 minutes|
|Cincinnati, Ohio (CVG)||45 minutes|
|Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW)||45 minutes|
|Denver, Colorado (DEN)||45 minutes|
|Dublin, Ireland (DUB)||75 minutes|
|Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL)||45 minutes|
|Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)||45 minutes|
|Los Angeles, California (LAX)||45 minutes|
|Maracaibo, Venezuela (MAR)||90 minutes|
|Miami, Florida (MIA)||45 minutes|
|Newark, New Jersey (EWR)||45 minutes|
|New York (JFK)||45 minutes|
|Orlando, Florida (MCO)||45 minutes|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL)||45 minutes|
|Phoenix, Arizona (PHX)||45 minutes|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PIT)||45 minutes|
|San Francisco, California (SFO)||45 minutes|
|San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)||45 minutes|
|Seattle, Washington (SEA)||45 minutes|
|St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands (STX)||45 minutes|
|St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands (STT)||60 minutes|
|Tampa, Florida (TPA)||45 minutes|
|Washington Dulles, District of Columbia (IAD)||45 minutes|
In Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, baggage for confirmed flights may only be accepted up to four hours prior to confirmed departure.
When arriving in the U.S. from an international city, you will claim your checked bags at the first stop within the U.S. and proceed through Immigrations/Customs. If you're flying internationally and connecting to another airline, check the applicable country's Customs procedures to determine whether checked baggage needs to be re-checked with the other airline upon arrival into that country.Return to Top
|AAdvantage MileSAAver and AAnytime awards:
(valid on American, American Eagle and AmericanConnection only)
(AmericanAirlines Vacations, Magazines, etc.)
|Special Mileage Awards / Other Airline / Other||1,175,246|
|Total Redemptions - 2012||7,426,930|
American Airlines and American Eagle Reservations representatives will advise you when it will be necessary for you to move from one aircraft to another during your travel, including when the flight number remains the same.
Travel Itinerary Policy
American Airlines and American Eagle tickets are priced and sold based on the itinerary, and not as individual flight segments. If you foresee or must make a change to the itinerary while en route, you must contact American Airlines or American Eagle to determine how this may affect the ticket and remaining travel plans. For example, if you do not show up for one segment of your itinerary, we may cancel your reservations on all remaining flight segments.
American Airlines and American Eagle Reservations representatives are able to provide you with a wide variety of information related to the American Airlines and American Eagle fleets. Aircraft configuration, seat size, and seat pitch are just a few examples of information that can be obtained from our Reservations representatives. This information is also available at the aa.com website.
American Airlines and American Eagle commit that we will advise you of any changes to your itinerary in a timely manner and will contact you via contact information which you provided in your reservations for any changes to flight schedules after booking.
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Service with Domestic Codeshare Partners
American Airlines and American Eagle will make their Customer Service Plan readily available to all of our domestic Codeshare partners and, to the extent possible, make every reasonable effort to ensure our partners offer comparable levels of service.
Handling of Customer Issues
Our goal is to be a service and product leader in the airline industry. When customer service issues arise, we try to resolve them at the first point of contact. As a result, we have devoted resources to the front line and rely on our personnel to solve most problems during daily activity.
Additionally, our Customer Relations department is dedicated to addressing unresolved customer comments and concerns. The Customer Relations department will respond to our customers' written complaints within 60 days. Every complaint will be personally read and a response will be sent to the customer.
Customer Relations information, along with information derived from customer focus groups, discussions, and other customer research surveys, is trended and shared throughout American Airlines and American Eagle. Customer Relations and other departments have the responsibility to address and initiate appropriate corrective action and make recommendations to changes in policy based on customer feedback. Customer information is viewed as the most valuable tool available to enhance the products and services we offer.
Customer Relations can be reached immediately by clicking on the following link:
Should you prefer to use U.S. Mail, the address is:
American Airlines Customer Relations
Mail Drop 2400
P.O. Box 619612
Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport, TX 75261-9612
Complaints and comments about airline service may also be submitted to the office of the Aviation Consumer Protection Division at:
Aviation Consumer Protection Division, C-75
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590
We take the customer service goals in this plan very seriously. We know that you expect nothing less. However, the Customer Service Plan does not create contractual or legal rights. Rather, our contractual rights and obligations are set out in our conditions of carriage and applicable tariffs, both of which provide additional details on the matters discussed and must be consulted to fully understand your rights and our obligations. For example, we are not responsible for any special, incidental, or consequential damages for delays, cancellations, lost baggage, late refunds, or instances in which we do not meet our service goals.
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