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    American Airlines is telling employees to think twice before rebooking stranded customers on rival airlines, and regular economy-class passengers are the most likely to suffer when there are long delays or canceled flights.

    A new policy at American directs airport agents not to rebook economy passengers on competing airlines -- with no stated limit on how long they must wait for a seat on another American flight.

    This policy shows how, for many travelers, flying on the biggest airlines is becoming more like taking a discount airline, with cramped planes, fewer perks and more extra fees.

    Often, low-cost competitors including Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit and Frontier lack those deals. Their passengers are at greater risk of being stranded for a long time if the airline encounters a mechanical breakdown, a computer outage or bad weather.

    In July, American and regional affiliate American Eagle canceled 5,422 flights, according to the most recent government figures. That was the second highest rate in the industry behind Frontier Airlines, and compared with 2,394 cancellations at United and United Express and 1,154 at Delta and Delta Connection.
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    American Airlines is telling employees to think twice before rebooking stranded customers on rival airlines, and regular economy-class passengers are the most likely to suffer when there are long delays or canceled flights.

    A new policy at American directs airport agents not to rebook economy passengers on competing airlines -- with no stated limit on how long they must wait for a seat on another American flight.

    This policy shows how, for many travelers, flying on the biggest airlines is becoming more like taking a discount airline, with cramped planes, fewer perks and more extra fees.

    Often, low-cost competitors including Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit and Frontier lack those deals. Their passengers are at greater risk of being stranded for a long time if the airline encounters a mechanical breakdown, a computer outage or bad weather.

    In July, American and regional affiliate American Eagle canceled 5,422 flights, according to the most recent government figures. That was the second highest rate in the industry behind Frontier Airlines, and compared with 2,394 cancellations at United and United Express and 1,154 at Delta and Delta Connection.
    On a similar note, I’ve heard some delays have resulted in no passengers left and AA is actually flying some flights empty just to keep up their cancellation scorecard. Also VERY short of crews in many statuses which is jacking up crew delays and even some cancellations.

    All indications of trouble behind the scenes. They’re dancing as fast as they can, but for how long ? Q3 and especially Q4 should be interesting.

    I don’t see Delta, United or Southwest having issues like this to the degree AA apparently is.

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    Additional info suggests AA’s Q3 RASM will be half of United’s and 1/3 of Delta’s.

    If Q3 performance turns out to be as alarming as what sounds to be developing, I think the stock will take a significant downward hit. According to Dacuj, this could be addressed if Envoy pilots stop slacking off and work harder.

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    Hey, they have AA lanyards! I mean, real AA lanyards!

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    Have to ask dacuj, he knows.

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