American Airlines testing 'locked in' ticket prices for 7 days before purchase.


New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) Tue, Nov 3, 2015 - Customers booking travel between select cities on American Airlines may notice a new booking option at the bottom of their screen when it comes time to check out. American customers flying between Miami and Los Angeles who opt to hold their ticket price rather than immediately purchase are now given a drop down menu with additional options beyond the airlineas standard free 24 hour lock-in. For $7.99, $9.99 or $11.99, customers can push well past the 24 hour period and lock in their ticket price for 3, 5, or 7 days, respectively. Near the end of the hold period a either 24 hours or the newly extended timeframe a AA emails customers to remind them of their soon-to-expire ticket. The hold fee is non-refundable though, meaning youall be out 12 bucks if you decide a week later not to fly to LAX after all. Still, for some travelers, it may be better to lose a dayas lunch money than to have to deal with the hardships of canceling or rebooking a pricey flight. While all airlines are required to give potential fliers the option to either hold their fare for 24 hours or cancel their reservation at no cost within 24 hours of booking, Americanas new extended hold option sets the carrier apart...

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