If you ever book flights for more than one passenger at a time, you should consider this technique to see if you can be saving money on the fare. Attempt to book the tickets the way you normally would. Get the final fares, and stop. Don't reserve, don't hold, don't pay. Then, go back and do it again on the same website (I usually do this right on AA.com) for one person. I've been finding, more and more, that my fare for one person is lower than the fare, per person, for my whole family. I believe this is simply because when I'm booking seats for multiple people, there aren't always enough seats for everyone at the cheapest price, so AA bumps the entire group up to the lowest price where there are enough seats to accommodate everyone in my party. I'm not faulting AA for this practice (more on that later) but just warning those who want the lowest fare to realize that they might need to split their party up into smaller groups to get the lowest overall fares. I've been doing this. On a few flights with my family that are coming up, I've broken down into either a single ticket and a group of three, or two groups of two, depending on where the sweet spot is. If I find a lower price per person for one person than when I attempt to book for four, then I try again for two people. If that works, I go to three. Wherever the fare jumps, I back off by one person and book that group, then go again for the next group at the higher price. If you're worried about booking a partial group before everyone is set, use AA's 24 hour hold for the first group, and then book the second, and then finalize the first one. As an example, assume a flight has four seats at $200 each left, but your group has six people. Say the next fare class up is $240 each. If you try to book for six, AA will show you the $240 price for everyone. But if you book for four, and then for two, you get four people at $200 each, and two at $240 each. Saves $160. AA never says, when you are booking six people, "we have four seats available at a cheaper price." That's what you have to figure out for yourself. I've learned two things about booking in smaller groups: In general, I try to get myself with one kid and my wife with the other, or one of us with both kids. We both have status, so that way everyone is on a PNR with status. But, on the flip side, if we're on a reservation with kids, we can't get exit row seats. So, depending on the seats available, I may specifically NOT book with my kids, and get them separate tickets. As to why AA likely does this, and why it doesn't bother me, I think it's pretty obvious. They are trying to keep the booking process as simple as possible. For them to present on-screen or by phone or through a travel agency website variable pricing for different members of a group would be pretty confusing. People would potentially get upset that AA won't price them all the same, and they make decide to book differently. Anyone else deal with this on a regular basis?