American Airlines brings back 24-hour booking hold; extends cargo services

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If you like to travel but cannot fully commit, you will be pleased with this news. American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) has brought back its free 24-hour booking hold option for its customers.

According to the American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) website, this feature is available on select markets booked via and at least seven days prior to the date of departure. When customers select their flights for booking, they are presented with an option to hold the booking on the ‘Review and Pay’ page.

Once customers have had a chance to mull over their held booking for 24 hours, they can continue to finalize the transaction. If the flights are not purchased within the given time, it is automatically canceled without a fee.

An airline spokesperson told USA Today that if a customer needs to hold a booking for more than 24 hours, they can pay a non-refundable fee to extend the hold.

“We continue to evaluate our product offerings to customers on and understand customers may need flexibility when booking travel plans,” the spokesperson said. 

More capacity for transatlantic cargo

Meanwhile, the airline is extending its transatlantic cargo services in time for winter. The winter cargo schedule will see an increased number of direct services from 11 European cities and 11 major US destinations. 

Currently, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) provides a daily cargo service from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to 10 US destinations on a mix of Boeing widebody aircraft, including the 777-200, 777-300 and 787-9. 

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • John. F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) 
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Phoenix (PHX), Raleigh-Durham (RDU) 
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) is also expanding its European markets with Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), Rome–Fiumicino International Airport (FCO), Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), Dublin Airport (DUB) and Zurich Airport (ZRH) Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD),  Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), and Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Munich International Airport (MUC) to various city destinations in the US.


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