Cleared for Takeoff: Busy Summer Travel Season Is Underway

Consider These Tips From American Airlines to Make Your Trip Smoother, Less Stressful and More Rewarding

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Summer is the busiest time of year for travel, and things can get hectic at times, but it’s also a great time to be flying on American Airlines.

American, a founding member of the global oneworld(R) Alliance, offers a number of ways to make the travel experience smoother and less stressful — and more rewarding and comfortable as well — thanks to a host of customer- friendly tips, products and services. Consider these ideas:

Before You Leave
* Dress comfortably and limit carry-on items. Wear breathable fabrics,
and limit carry-ons. American allows you to carry-on one bag and one
personal item, such as a purse, briefcase or laptop. Items that will
not fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you
must be checked. If traveling with children, have books and toys in
your carry-on. Make sure to keep medications and valuables in your
carry-on as well.

* Think of children’s needs. Sitting in one place for long stretches of
time is not easy for a child. Pack toys, books and games they will
enjoy to make the flight pass more quickly. Also, bring food and
drinks for children, or purchase a snack box onboard. Children need
frequent meals to keep their energy up and their mood positive during
travel; “snack time” keeps children occupied and breaks up time during
long flights.

* Check in beforehand at At , you
can check in up to 24 hours prior to your flight, select or change
seats, and print out your boarding pass, which can reduce time and
stress at the airport.

* Sign up for Flight Status Notification at .
You’ll receive flight arrival/departure times, as well as gate and
baggage information — all via e-mail, phone, pager or PDA.

At the Airport
* Arrive early — generally, at least 60 minutes for domestic flights
(90 minutes if you have bags to check) and two hours for international
trips. Check the Travel Information section of for cities
where earlier check-in is recommended.

* Use Curbside Check-in if you have bags to check (it’s just $2 per bag
at most airports). Then head straight to Security and your gate.

* Use Self-Service Check-in Machines. If you haven’t had a chance to
check in beforehand, Self-Service Machines are another great time
saver, and can also be used to purchase upgrades ($50 per 500 miles)
or confirm flight changes ($25).

* Have your photo ID or passport available for Security. Also, help
speed your trip through Security by wearing shoes that are easy to
slip on and off, and make your laptop easily accessible.

* Visit the Admirals Club(R). To escape from the busy airport terminal,
try a One-Day Pass to one of American’s comfortable — and productive
.- Admirals Club lounges. They’re only $50 and can be used at more
than 40 Admirals Club locations around the world. Amenities vary, but
may include children’s rooms, business centers, conference rooms and
cyber cafes, to name a few. Purchase passes at , or at any Admirals Club location.

On Board the Plane
* Stay hydrated. Experts recommend drinking plenty of water during your
flight. Juice and milk are available for children and are a healthier
alternative to soft drinks.

* Check out the powerports. For those who like to “stay connected”
during their trip, powerports are located at each seat in the First
and Business Class cabins and are placed at regular intervals
throughout the Coach cabins on most of American’s aircraft, so
passengers can work en route or even recharge cell phones.

* Bring a book or entertainment. A book or MP3 player or laptop is a
great way to pass the time. If you don’t have your own entertainment,
you can purchase headphones on board and listen to your choice of 14
audio channels — more than half of American’s fleet is equipped with
in-flight audio entertainment and many have video programs as well.

* Wake children before descent. If your child is sleeping, consider
waking him or her before the aircraft begins descent and provide them
with chewing gum, hard candy or a pacifier. Frequent swallowing
allows air to flow freely out of and into the ear and sinus cavities,
preventing discomfort.

And Don’t Forget
* Make the most of your miles. Consider using AAdvantage miles to
upgrade to premium cabins and make your American flight even more
comfortable. Or perhaps, use an AAdvantage AAnytime Award to take a
spontaneous, last-minute trip. AAnytime Awards are not capacity-
controlled, and an AAdvantage member can literally get the last seat
available for sale.

* Purchase sightseeing and other activities before you go. If you’ve
purchased an AAVacations(SM) hotel stay, consider adding a sightseeing
tour, snorkeling, theatre tickets, or other options depending on your
destination. Go to for a list of activity options.
You can even use AAdvantage miles to purchase all or part of your
AAVacations package.

* Look to If you’re still thinking about a trip this summer,
look to for all your travel needs. On, there are no
booking fees and you’ll find the absolute lowest fares available for
flights on American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R)
airlines — guaranteed. (Visit ). A
“Dates Flexible” option searches up to 31 days for the best fares to
your destination. Cars and hotels can also be booked on

For more travel tips, visit .

About American Airlines

American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more than 3,900 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American’s award-winning Web site,, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation (NYSE:AMR) . AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection,, AAVacations, Admirals Club and AAdvantage are marks of American Airlines, Inc.

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