updated - August 10, 2020 Monday EDT
Passengers utilizing accumulated frequent flyer mileage to receive a plane ticket at no charge could be asked to fund checking bags The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
American Airlines is instituting the modifications right away, while U.S. Airways begins the new procedures April 23 Phoenix radio station 550 KFYI reported.
Taking into account the type of reward program a passenger is on, they will not be able check a bag complimentary, or be able to check one bag and not the other if a passenger has two bags KFYI reported.
The two airlines will give up stations at Washington D.C.'s Reagan National Airport, in a move that will decrease the company's departures 15 percent as part of the merger The Associated Press reported. Stations will also be vacated at New York's La Guardia for a seven percent slash.
The airlines will also move from two gates at Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and Miami, and keep their main bases for a minimum of three years. Operations will also continue in Virginia, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee for a minimal five year period The Associated Press reported. Employees from both airlines will be implemented over the next two years.
The new American will also begin using Sabres reservation system as its go to for booking flights for customers a press release reported
American employees and passengers will use the system for searching for flight schedules, prepping to travel, and checking and obtaining luggage via a system that assimilates a passenger's luggage with their destination the press release reported.
"The migration to one reservation platform in partnership with Sabre is a critical milestone in the merger integration process, and lays the groundwork for customers and employees alike to have a seamless experience throughout the travel journey," Maya Leibman, chief information officer at American Airlines said in a statement.
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