Most airports have their estimated check-in times, usually passengers should arrive 2 hours before a domestic departure, 3 hour before an international departure. You can check here for more information.

Passengers can check-in at check-in kiosks at selected airports. For the location of the kiosks, check here. Groups of 10 or more passengers booked on a single reservation can check-in using the kiosks.

Curbside check-in is also available in selected cities for those passengers with electronic or paper tickets. Passengers may use this service to check bags and receive their boarding pass without having to go to the ticket counter.

Express lanes for premium customers are available at security checkpoints in more than 30 key U.S. airports.

Hub airports:

Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas: Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport

Miami, Florida: Miami International Airport    

Chicago, Illinois: Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Frequent flier members:

Members of the AAdvantage program can earn miles on flights on American Airlines, American Connection, American Eagle, and its partners. AAdvantage miles do not expire as long as miles are accumulated or redeemed within three years.

Airport lounges:

Passengers can become members of the Admirals Club and enjoy its facilities at more than 40 airports worldwide. Some of the club's amenities include personal check cashing up to $100, complimentary drinks, business and conference facilities, showers, and customer assistance. Most Admirals Clubs in North America offer wireless Internet access.

The membership fees vary from $300 or 45,000 AAdvantage miles (AAdvantage Executive Platinum) to $450 or 70,000 miles (regular membership).

Meetings can be arranged at the Admirals Clubs for members who are not ticketed for flights but must be requested 24 hours before with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). All members must present their membership cards and a picture ID.

Carry-on rules:

Passengers are allowed one piece of carry-on luggage and one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, laptop or backpack. Carry-on luggage should not weigh more than 40 pounds (18kg) or be more than 45 inches (115 cm) long and must fit under the seat or an overhead container.

Meal options:

Special meals are offered upon request. These include vegetarian, lactose free, low-fat, low-sodium, Kosher, Hindu, Muslim and diabetic meals. Effective February 2005, these special meals will only be offered when flying in designated classes or to selected locations.

Some airports such as Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport offer a test program where you can buy your meal at the gate. Effective February 2005, you will be able to buy sandwiches for $3 on domestic flights of more than three hours, and $5 sandwiches and wraps on some transcontinental and Hawaii flights.

American Eagle, American's regional airline, now offers its "In-Flight Cafe / Buy On Board" program on select flights.


Unaccompanied children under 5 years of age cannot fly under any circumstances. Unaccompanied children ages 5-7 can travel on nonstop or direct flights. Unaccompanied children 8-14 can travel on nonstop, direct, or connecting American or American Eagle flights. All children must be accompanied by an adult until the child has boarded the flight and the flight has left the gate. At the destination, they must be met by a previously designated adult. There is a $60 fee each way for this service.

Pregnant women:

Some restrictions apply for pregnant women traveling within the United States seven days before and after the delivery date. Also, similar restrictions may apply when traveling internationally or over water. A medical certificate is mandatory if traveling within four weeks of the delivery date.

Pet policy:

Small pets are accepted in the cabin or as checked baggage (excluding May 15 to September 15). There is a fee of $80 to $100 for such services. Service assistant (seeing or hearing) animals and search and rescue animals on an official mission travel for free.  The airline will not transport Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, American Staffordshires, or Bull Terriers.

Other amenities:

Planes are equipped with DC outlets with 15-volt direct current at some seats for laptops.