I am an AAdvantage member (and have been for some time now) and I also have a Citi AAdvantage Platinum credit card and I think this is just utter crap. Right now I have almost enough miles for two round trip tickets and after I reach that point (which will not be long), I have half a mind to just cancel my AA credit card and move over to Southwest and/or Frontier both of whom seem to care about their passengers a hell of a lot more then American does.
I had no problems when American (and all the other airlines) wanted to start charging for the second bag as I can see logic in that. But to try and charge for the first bag is just crap! Unless American changes their tune on this one, I will just go vote with my dollars and move to another airline. I for one would rather just have the 30 dollar charge (15 dollars each way on a round trip ticket) for my bag included in the cost of my ticket then paying at the airport to check it.
I can also see this back fire in Americans face really fast, and watch them tail-spin into bankruptcy at a rate never before seen. I think this will piss enough people off to the point that they will not fly on American and they will also vote with their hard earned dollars and move to other airlines (like Southwest and Frontier).
At any rate this will be interesting to watch and see what happens and also see if other airlines follow suit or not (which I do not think they will, but then again I could be wrong).