American Air will charge for solo kids up to 14
Airline will match policy at US Airways, with which it merged in December.
The Associated Press and The Seattle Times
Northwest travel guides
FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says it will extend its fee for unaccompanied minors to charge $150 extra each way for children between 5 and 14.
The change starts Sept. 3. Currently, American charges a fee on top of the regular fare for unaccompanied minors between 5 and 11.
The airline announced the change Thursday in an employee publication.
American says extending the fee to more youths will ensure the safest possible travel for them and match the policy at US Airways. The two merged in December to form American Airlines Group Inc.
United Airlines charges $150 each way for minors 5 to 11; Delta charges $100 each way for those 5 to 14; at Southwest it’s $50 each way for kids 5 to 11. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines charges $25 each way for kids 5 to 12, with some restrictions on hours and routing; the same service and charge is available but optional for kids 13 to 17 and an extra charge applies for connecting flights.