- Three of the major airlines have been heavily promoting their basic economy fare class. American, United, and Delta are competing to drop fares through this fare class despite rising fuel prices.
Of course, when you hear “basic” in terms of a flight, you automatically think bottom of the barrel. Luckily, that’s not the case.
Here’s how each airline’s basic economy works:
I must admit this one is my favorite. With American’s basic economy passengers must adhere to the following:
- Passengers must board with group 9, which is the last group to board.
- Seat selections cannot be made prior to check in, but you are guaranteed a seat in the main cabin no matter what.
- No changes can be made to the reservation after purchase. You still have a 24 hour grace period for a full refund.
- You have access to overhead bins which means you can bring on the normal carry on and personal item.
- Checked luggage will be more than normal economy class checked luggage, starting at $60 for the first bag.
I have flown through this fare class and it’s perfect for domestic flights. I normally only do carry ons any way.
Their basic economy isn’t as great as Americans, but hopefully that will change. The major difference here is the luggage. Passengers do not have access to overhead bins and are limited to a bag that can fit under the seat. You must pay extra to use overhead bins.
With Delta, you have the same rules as American Airlines.
With all three carriers, you will still be given complimentary beverages and snacks.
Now that you know, will you give basic economy a try if the price is right?