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Similar to United Airlines’ Basic Economy fares, these tickets will come with several restrictions, like no seat assignments more than 48 hours before the flight and no large carry-ons.
If your main concern is getting the cheapest ticket, this could be a good deal for you. But it might not make sense if you’re used to the standard allowances you get with regular economy tickets!
Here’s more about what you can expect from American Airlines’ new Basic Economy fare. And how to decide if it’s a good deal for you.
American Airlines “Basic Economy” Fare
Starting February 10, 2017, American Airlines will begin selling Basic Economy fares in 10 different US markets. And they plan on expanding these fares to more routes over the year.
American Airlines describes their Basic Economy fare as “no-frills,” which is certainly accurate!
Unlike regular Economy fares, with Basic Economy fares you will NOT be allowed to:
- Stow a carry-on in the overhead bin (you can only have one personal carry-on under the seat)
- Change or refund your ticket
- Pick your seat assignment until 48 hours prior to departure
Also, there are no upgrades allowed and you’ll be the last to board.
That said, you WILL still earn (some!) elite qualifying miles for your flight, unlike United Airlines’ Basic Economy fares. Though there’s no guarantee these tickets will actually be cheaper than current fares!
Personally, I’m happy to pay a few dollars more to get a seat selection, a proper carry-on, and to earn the full amount of miles and elite credits.
American Airlines will start selling their Basic Economy fares on certain routes on February 10, 2017. And they plan to expand these fares to other markets throughout the year.
A Basic Economy fare ticket could be a good deal for folks who just want the cheapest price. But if you can’t travel light, or sitting with your group is important, it’s NOT a good option.
Would you buy American Airlines’ new fare option? Let me know in the comments!