If you are flying internationally with American Airlines, you may consider packing lightly if you want to save $50. The company recently unveiled that it would add a $50 surcharge that passengers flying on certain international flights will have to pay if they check a second bag, while checking the first bag still remains free.
Passengers on transatlantic flights going from or through Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, or India will be the only ones paying the bag fee. Even then, more specifications apply: only certain types of economy tickets, and never business or first class tickets, will incur the bag fee, while some members of the AAdvantage and oneWorld Alliance will not have to pay. Active military personnel will avoid the fee as well.
The changes will take place for tickets purchased on or after September 14. As the airline industry continues to suffer at the hands of the global economic crisis and its deeply negative impact on consumer spending, American Airlines is undoubtedly searching for ways to buffer its revenue without rubbing too many of its passengers the wrong way.