updated 2/2/2007 6:43:06 PM ET 2007-02-02T23:43:06

Reversing a decision made three weeks ago, American Airlines said Friday it would resume selling international and domestic first- and business-class tickets on Expedia.com.

The companies announced the decision in a news release but gave no explanation for the about-face.

American, the nation’s biggest airline, said Jan. 12 that it was halting the sale of the high-end seats on Expedia, although it continued to sell domestic coach tickets through the Web site. The companies sparred over which side had pulled out of the arrangement first.

Airlines have been trying to cut ticket-distribution costs by herding passengers toward their own Web sites. American, a unit of Fort Worth-based AMR Corp., also sells tickets through travel agents and online travel agencies including Orbitz and Travelocity.

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