New Early Boarding Fee on American Airlines?

Included in the “Boarding and flexibility” option now for sale (nee PriorityAAccess for sale?) is an optional fee where non-elite American AAdvantage members who purchase non-Y economy class airfares are now offered the option of purchasing a “Boarding and Flexibility package” when purchasing a new ticket at

Depending on distance for each one way, current pricing is $9, $14 or $19 per passenger, including connections.

In addition to early boarding privileges, one can also stand by for an earlier flight at no additional charge, as well as save $75 off the regular $150 service charge, when applicable, when one changes one’s travel itinerary.

Is this a good idea, or just another way for an airline to gouge its customers out of as many dollars as possible? Is this program fair or unfair to American AAdvantage elite members?

2 thoughts on “New Early Boarding Fee on American Airlines?”

  1. cg says:

    This is very unfair to elite members who have to earn one million miles to have early boarding access. We would all rather pay a few dollars than have to earn one million miles to get this perk.

  2. noneemac says:

    I second cg’s comment. Bad idea to allow gate lice to buy their way into elite boarding queue.

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