Top interests of retirees: 86% — spending time with loved ones, 73% — time for hobbies, 66% — traveling.
SOURCE: AARP MEMBER SURVEY 2012


Be sure you have the savings to match your interests. It’s never too late to make a plan for retirement. That's not so hard to do, especially with help from American Airlines. We make it easy to get started and to continue to save throughout your career.

  • Contribute through convenient payroll deductions
  • Save for the future on a pre-tax (aka before-tax) basis
  • Reduce your taxes in retirement by making Roth after-tax contributions
  • Receive up to 5.5% in company matching contributions when you become eligible (contributions differ for flight attendants as specified in their collective bargaining agreement)

The 401(k) Plan works with your other savings to help ensure your financial security in retirement. So, get going on a great tomorrow.

Make the Right Moves

Take a look at how the plan works. Then get to more detail by clicking on the links.

Participating in the Plan

  • Want to get the earliest start possible? You can enroll on your first day of employment.
  • If you don’t enroll or opt out within your first 30 days of employment, you’re enrolled automatically to save 3% of pay on a pre-tax basis.
  • You may change your contribution elections, including the auto-enroll election, at any time.

Contributing to the Plan

You
  • You can contribute from 1% to 100% of your eligible pay, up to IRS limits.
  • You decide whether to save on a pre-tax, Roth and/or after-tax basis.
  • You can save up to $18,000 on a pre-tax and/or Roth basis in 2016.
  • If you are age 50 or older in 2016, you can save another $6,000 in catch-up contributions.
American
  • Your future gets a boost from the company contributions
  • Generally, Non-Contract and Ground Employees qualify for a company matching contribution of up to 5.5% of your eligible pay after completing one year of eligibility service.
  • If you are employed as a Flight Attendant, the company contributions you qualify for are specified by your collective bargaining agreement and will depend on when you were hired, and for some, your age. For more details visit Contributing to the Plan.

Investing Your Account

  • You can invest your account in a wide variety of funds.
  • Each fund offers a different level of risk and potential return.
  • If you are auto-enrolled or don’t make any investment choices, your account is invested in the American Target Date Fund closest to the year you will turn age 65 (the plan’s Qualified Default Investment Alternative).
  • Generally you can change your investment elections at any time.

Accessing Your Savings

There may be times when you need to use the money in your account before retirement. You may have access through loans, hardship withdrawals or early withdrawals.