In the last couple of months, our three largest U.S. airlines - United, American and Delta are using some of the same strategy as the other discount carriers offering a no-frills, fares called Basic Economy. You will board last and possibly sit in a middle seat near the back of the plane. There is a chance when traveling as a family your seating could be split up. You cannot bring what used to be considered a carry-on suitcase since the Basic Economy fare doesn’t entitle you to use the overhead bin for your personal belongings. Your one item to bring on to the flight must fit under the seat in front of you.
The airlines are not offering lower fares than they were before Basic Economy was introduced but, it is the lowest available fare on their website. Maybe this is a way to convince travelers to pay more for services that were once basic; choosing your seat, making sure your travel companions are seated together, and putting a carry-on bag in the overhead bin. There are absolutely no upgrades if you belong to the airlines mileage club.
For us travelers, we need to be careful when buying the lowest fare with the airlines and know exactly what you are paying for. Your Basic Economy tickets are totally non-refundable and cannot be changed, not even for a change fee. If you do not use it you for the flight you purchased, you will lose the full value of the ticket. As for now, the three airlines still say they offer FREE drink service as some of the lower airlines, do not.
Don’t be a surprised passenger when you arrive at the airport! Know exactly what you are purchasing and that the lowest fare may not be exactly what you are expecting. Make sure you read the rules on the airlines website to what the Basic Fare entitles you to. If this isn't for you, than you may want to compare the prices between the Basic and Standard fare since each market is different.
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