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American Airlines Expands Discount Fares For U.S. Military; Low Walk-Up Fares Good For Another Year, Anywhere American Flies

October 3, 2003
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FORT WORTH, Texas: American Airlines today expanded its six-month-old military "ThAAnk You!" fares to next fall, allowing military personnel and their families to fly on low fares for another year with no advance-purchase requirements and no change fees.

"Were saying thank you to the men and women serving our country and the families who support them at home with low walk-up fares to any market American serves in the United States and internationally," said Dan Garton, executive vice president-Marketing. "We want our soldiers to enjoy their rest and relaxation time, worldwide, with family and friends."

Americans ThAAnk You! military fares, launched in May 2003, were to expire in February 2004. Instead, American is extending last travel dates to Sept. 15, 2004, to any of the 275 destinations served by American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection carriers.

In addition to the no advance-purchase requirement, the fares carry no change fee. And customers can earn AAdvantage miles with these fares.

Domestic sale fares require a Saturday-night minimum stay and 30-day maximum stay. The fares are nonrefundable, but no change fees will apply for changes made prior to departure.

Fares are applicable all days of the week and have no embargo dates.

International fares also require a Saturday-night minimum stay and 30-day maximum stay, with no stopovers permitted. The fares are nonrefundable, but no change fees will apply for changes made prior to departure. Fares are applicable all days of the week. Select international markets have seasonal fare variations, with high-season fares applicable from June 1 through Sept. 15, 2004. Embargo dates for international and Puerto Rico/Virgin Island fares apply from Dec. 13, 2003, through Jan. 11, 2004. Additional embargo dates for Panama, Venezuela, and Brazil destinations apply from Feb. 18 through Mar. 8, 2004.

Because of the unique nature of these fares, verification of military status for members of the armed forces and their dependent family members must be done in person at the time of purchase at an American Airlines airport ticket counter, American Airlines Travel Center or a travel agency. Fares are also available to activated Reservists, including those who are traveling within seven days of discharge from active service. These special military fares are not available via the Internet.

For schedule and fare information, eligible customers should consult their travel agent or call American Airlines toll-free at 1-800-433-7300.

American Airlines recently received recognition from the military for its role in the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) operation during Operation Iraqi Freedom by the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base. The airline and volunteer crews flew more than 210 missions during the CRAF activation this year.

American Airlines is the world's largest carrier. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection regional carriers serve nearly 275 cities in 50 countries and territories with approximately 4,300 daily flights. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld Alliance.

*Terms & Conditions Unless otherwise indicated, all amounts shown are in USD.

Fares are based on round-trip purchase. Tickets must be purchased at an American Airlines ticketing location or a SATO ticketing office. Tickets are non-transferable. Passengers must be active duty U.S. military personnel on leave, qualified dependents, or military passengers and dependents traveling within seven days of discharge, and must present military identification at point of sale. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Tickets: Ticketing must be completed by midnight seven days after the reservations are made. Travel Period: Travel must be completed by Sept. 15, 2004. Embargo Dates: For Puerto Rico and all International destinations, Dec. 13, 2003 Jan. 11, 2004. Additional dates for Panama/Venezuela/Brazil of Feb. 18 March 8, 2004, apply. Fare Validity: Fares are valid in the Economy (Coach) cabin on American, American Eagle, AmericanConnection only. Minimum Stay: Saturday night. Maximum Stay: 30 days. Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Fares are nonrefundable. Changes are permitted without change fees.

Fares do not include: (i) up to $18 per round trip in local airport charges; (ii) federal excise tax of up to $3 per U.S. domestic flight segment (one takeoff and landing); (iii) Sept. 11 Security Fee of $2.50 per U.S. enplanement, up to $5 per one way or $10 per round trip; (iv) Travel Facilities Tax of up to $13.40 per round trip for domestic flights beginning or ending in Alaska or Hawaii; (v) for Canada destinations, applicable Federal Inspection Fee of $6 per round trip and Air Traveler Security Charge of up to $24 CAD per enplanement originating at a Canadian airport; and (vi) for international and Puerto Rico/Virgin Island itineraries, government imposed taxes and fees of up to $125 per round trip, depending on routing and destination. ** Fare quoted is for "low season" only, which applies through May 31, 2004. Other travel dates are available at slightly higher levels.

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