American Airlines launched its new Main Select fare, targeting business travelers.
The product is available in select high-frequency markets and offered only on the airline's website and through New Distribution Capability-enabled travel agencies.
Announced in November, the product offers refundable fares, same-day flight changes, priority boarding, priority check-in, and the choice of all seats in the main cabin at the time of booking, including Main Cabin Extra.
The new fare currently is available on American-operated flights between Boston and Washington Reagan, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago O'Hare, New York LaGuardia and each Washington Reagan and Chicago O'Hare, and New York JFK and Los Angeles. The carrier has plans to expand to additional markets later this year.
American initially announced the fare as part of its overall Northeast Alliance with JetBlue, and the Main Select product is similar to JetBlue's Blue Extra fare, which also offers same-day changes, advance seat selection and early boarding.
Main Select differs from the Main Plus bundle that American has already been offering in NDC-enabled channels.
Main Plus includes a Main Cabin Extra or preferred seat, along with a free checked bag.
The Main Select launch comes about a week after American added another business-targeted fare dubbed Flagship Business Plus, which offers some Flagship First perks.
Source: Business Travel News