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The Upside to American Airlines’ Woes

American Airline’s bankruptcy filing may be a boon for bargain-hunting travelers.

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After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Tuesday with an intent to restructure, the carrier said it would continue to fly its normal schedules, honor reservations and refunds as usual, and fully maintain its AAdvantage frequent flier program.

But a promise of “business as usual” typically doesn’t mean much to fliers, experts say. Fliers tend to avoid carriers under bankruptcy protection, out of fear that it will cease operations before their trip, or that they’ll have a bad flying experience, says George Hobica, founder of fare-tracking site AirfareWatchdog.com. “People hear bankruptcy and they think, correctly or not, the airline is on its way out,” he says. That drop in traffic could lead to aggressive fare sales while the carrier is restructuring, says Basili Alukos, an equity analyst covering the industry for Morningstar. Travelers may also see more bonus mile offers to sweeten the deal, he says. The airline declined to comment.

Fliers who banked miles with American may find that now is a good time to use them, experts say. “It may be easier to use your miles now because people cancel flights and won’t fly,” Hobica says. But it’s not smart to pull them for just any flight. Try to pick one that’s pricier than the going rate of a penny per mile — for someone redeeming 25,000 for a round-trip domestic flight, a fare worth at least $250, he says.

Travelers can’t expect the deals to last more than a few months, however. The long-term impact of American’s filing doesn’t bode well for consumers’ wallets. Should American restructure, it would emerge with a leaner balance sheet, which would likely mean fare hikes, Alukos says. If the carrier merges with another (possibly U.S. Airways) or goes out of business, that would mean less competition in the market, Hobica says. Again, that’s a recipe for higher fares.

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