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American Mimics United With Fare Barring Use of Overhead Bin

  • Carrier moves to take on discount airlines with cheaper option
  • Basic-economy buyers can’t change tickets and will board last
A traveler is seen at the American Airlines Group Inc. terminal of Miami International Airport.
Photographer: Mark Elias/Bloomberg
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American Airlines Group Inc. followed United Continental Holdings Inc. in announcing no-frills tickets that limit carry-on bags to those that fit under a seat, bolstering efforts to compete with fast-growing fare discounters.

The new basic-economy tickets will go on sale Feb. 10 in select domestic markets, and the first flights will begin soon after, the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline said in a statement Wednesday. American didn’t identify the initial 10 markets or provide specifics of the discount compared with other coach cabin fares.