Coming & Going: American Airlines charges for blankets and pillows

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sleep tight, for a fee

American Airlines passengers may want to bundle up -- or bring their own bedding -- the next time they fly.

Starting May 1, the airline will no longer offer free pillows and blankets on select flights "because we are always evaluating all aspects of our business to ensure that decisions are prudent and strategic for the long-term success of the company," said spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.

Passengers traveling in the main cabin on all domestic flights more than two hours long can buy a pillow and blanket pack for $8. The sets will also be available for purchase on flights to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

The pack will consist of a blue fleece blanket, an inflatable neck pillow and a Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase. Travelers can take home the sleepy-time accessories.

Those traveling in premium class cabins on all flights, and in all cabins on international flights, will continue to get free blankets and pillows.

JetBlue and U.S. Airways also charge for blankets.

And in other AA-nickel-and-diming-customers news: Starting Feb. 22, the carrier will charge passengers $50 to fly standby on domestic flights as well as to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Premium passengers (business, first-class, military fares, etc.) are exempt from the fee.

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