Basic Economy fares have now reached all three legacy carriers, though only on certain routes.
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American and United became the last two legacy carriers to start selling Basic Economy fares last week, kicking off a new era in airline ticket pricing.
The tickets, generally priced at around $15–20 less than standard economy fares, take away most perks like seat assignments and onboard baggage privileges. What they give back is apparently a lower baseline price for fares (though some might contest that) and a better ability for consumers to purchase exactly the amenities that they need.
Whether the fares are eventually seen as consumer friendly or not is still in the tea leaves, but in the short term, passengers now have another potential set of fees to look forward to.
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We got a first look at the seating for the new “Basic Economy” fares several airlines are offering
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Photo credit: United Airlines seating for Basic Economy, a service that's gaining popularity. United Airlines