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American Matches (Some of) Northwest’s Fees

Were you wondering if Northwest’s $5 telephone reservation fee would stick? Stop wondering. American Airlines just announced that it is matching the $5 telephone reservation fee started by Northwest (the fee is $10 for airport ticket purchases). The fee is also applicable for AAdvantage award tickets booked by phone (though the fee is waved for Platinum members). No word on whether AA will match their $7.50 GDS fee, though I suspect they will not because of their old school ties to Sabre, the giant GDS. It’s just a matter of time before all the other majors match now.

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