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in     by Brian Raymond 11.17.2016
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As more airlines rollout low cost "Basic Economy" airfares, more and more customers are learning to their surprise those fares have significant strings attached. The restrictions depend on the airline, but typically include the following limitiations:

  1. No advance seat assignments. Seat assigments are given at check-in. Sitting together is not guaranteed.
  2. No changes allowed (the ticket is non-refundable and non-changeable).
  3. Reduced frequent flyer miles awarded to your account and/or miles don't count toward status levels.
  4. No overhead cary-on luggage (United Airlines).
  5. Boarding is in the last group to board the aircraft.
  6. Upgrades to higher classes are not allowed.

American Airlines will rollout its "Basic Economy" program next year, but hasn't announced its restrictions yet.

Under United's "Basic Economy" fare, passengers will board in Group 5. Gate agents are being trained to watch Group 5 passengers for full-sized carry-on bags. Any passenger with a "Basic Economy" fare trying to board with a full-sized bag will be charged a "handling fee" at the gate which will be on top of the fee for checked luggage. 

"Basic Economy" fares are a way to save money as long as you understand in advance what the trade-offs are.

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Phone: 623-349-4822  |  Toll Free: 855-949-1500
in     by Brian Raymond 11.17.2016
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0.00 of 0 votes
 

As more airlines rollout low cost "Basic Economy" airfares, more and more customers are learning to their surprise those fares have significant strings attached. The restrictions depend on the airline, but typically include the following limitiations:

  1. No advance seat assignments. Seat assigments are given at check-in. Sitting together is not guaranteed.
  2. No changes allowed (the ticket is non-refundable and non-changeable).
  3. Reduced frequent flyer miles awarded to your account and/or miles don't count toward status levels.
  4. No overhead cary-on luggage (United Airlines).
  5. Boarding is in the last group to board the aircraft.
  6. Upgrades to higher classes are not allowed.

American Airlines will rollout its "Basic Economy" program next year, but hasn't announced its restrictions yet.

Under United's "Basic Economy" fare, passengers will board in Group 5. Gate agents are being trained to watch Group 5 passengers for full-sized carry-on bags. Any passenger with a "Basic Economy" fare trying to board with a full-sized bag will be charged a "handling fee" at the gate which will be on top of the fee for checked luggage. 

"Basic Economy" fares are a way to save money as long as you understand in advance what the trade-offs are.

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