United pushed the launch of its basic economy fares out a few months, giving business travelers a few more months to enjoy the full perks of budget tickets. Slowly, however, the axeman cometh.
What to Know Now
The traveling public may have gotten a reprieve from basic economy fares this past week with news United plans to push back its integration. According to Skift’s Brian Sumers, the airline told employees that training on Basic Economy fares has been pushed back “several months,” citing “changes” to the product.
Exactly what those changes are is anyone’s guess, but Sumers points out that the executive suite at United is currently going through the washing machine, so the airline may be taking its time to get things right.
Either way, this now means that basic economy fares — at least on United — are a bit further off and that budget travelers can still enjoy the perks of their loyalty program without the airline nipping at their heels.
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Photo credit: Economy Plus (front) and Economy seating on United Airlines. The airline has delayed the rollout of a fare class to compete with low-cost carriers. United Airlines