Beware Of American, Delta and United’s New Basic Economy Fares!

All three airlines have introduced a new low cost fare called basic economy. Yes, the fares are low, BUT they are extremely restrictive. Read this before you book them!

United Airlines:

  • Seat assignments ONLY at check-in, and seating together is not guaranteed
  • Carry-on bag is limited to ONE personal item; no overhead bin use unless you’re a MileagePlus Premier, have a MileagePlus credit card, or are Star Alliance Gold
  • NO flight changes or refunds
  • NO upgrades
  • LAST to board unless a MileagePlus Premier member, primary card member of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card, or Star Alliance Gold member

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American Airlines (these fares don’t go on sale until February):

  • Seat assignments ONLY at check-in, and seating together is not guaranteed
  • Carry-on bag is limited to ONE personal item; no overhead bin use unless you’re an Elite member or have an Advantage credit card
  • NO flight changes, same day stand by or refunds
  • NO upgrades
  • If bag is brought to the gate you must pay an ADDITIONAL 25.00 on top of regular baggage fees
  • LAST to board
  • Elite qualifying miles earned at a reduced rate

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Delta:

  • Seat assignments ONLY at check-in, and seating together is not guaranteed
  • NO changes or refunds
  • LAST to board
  • NO upgrades or preferred seats
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