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American Airlines Drops Bereavement Fares

Updated: Thursday, February 27 2014, 07:58 AM CST
DALLAS (AP) -- American Airlines has ended its policy of extending special fares to passengers who must book a last-minute flight because of a relative's death.
The move brings American in line with the policy at merger partner US Airways, which does not offer bereavement fares.
Walk-up prices tend to be the highest on any airline, putting family members in a bind when a relative far away dies or becomes seriously ill.
American didn't have a specific discount for bereavement travel, but it had a different fare class that could produce a lower price than the traveler might otherwise find.
Consumer advocates have said that travelers can sometimes find lower prices than the airlines' bereavement fares.

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