Articles tagged “basic economy”

United Expands Its Basic Economy No-Frills Service

United Expands Its Basic Economy No-Frills Service

Grant Martin, Skift

Like them or not, basic economy fares are here to stay. And United is expanding them throughout its domestic markets.

1 month ago

Delta Execs Downplay Importance of Basic Economy

Delta Execs Downplay Importance of Basic Economy

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Delta says it's using basic economy fares to help better differentiate its products. The jury is still out on whether it will help them compete on routes where they face low-cost competitors.

1 month ago

American’s Basic Economy Fares Are Working for the Airline So Far

American’s Basic Economy Fares Are Working for the Airline So Far

Brian Sumers, Skift

Did you think Basic Economy fares would be good for consumers? Ha. Airlines are in the business to make money, and this is one more tool to maximize their ability to increase revenues. For shareholders, that's good news.

2 months ago

Kayak Tries a Fresh Way to Display Basic Economy Fares in Metasearch

Kayak Tries a Fresh Way to Display Basic Economy Fares in Metasearch

Sean O'Neill, Skift

We'll need time to see if Kayak's new drop-down boxes for comparing basic versus full-service tickets do the trick for consumers, who may still be confused, and for airlines, which may want tighter control over retailing.

2 months ago

Skift Podcast: Why Flights Are So Cheap (And You Might Hate Yours)

Skift Podcast: Why Flights Are So Cheap (And You Might Hate Yours)

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Our experts weigh in on why you should think twice before booking the very cheapest airfare these days.

2 months ago

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Under CEO Robert Fornaro, Spirit has gotten the message — legacy carriers do not want discount airlines growing in their hubs. Instead, Spirit has taken much of its new capacity elsewhere, adding flights at medium-sized airports, like Akron-Canton in Ohio.

3 months ago

United and American Just Started Selling Super Restrictive Discount Fares

United and American Just Started Selling Super Restrictive Discount Fares

Brian Sumers, Skift

Consumers aren't going to like this product, but Basic Economy fares are a sign of the times. Travelers are already buying tickets on Spirit and Frontier that come without free large carry-ons, so why shouldn't American and United offer a similar option?

3 months ago

Southwest Won’t Copy Rivals With a Basic Economy Fare

Southwest Won’t Copy Rivals With a Basic Economy Fare

Brian Sumers, Skift

Yet again, Southwest is choosing not to copy United, American and Delta. Its independent strategy has worked well for the last five decades, so why change what works?

4 months ago

Comparing Basic Economy Fares Among American, Delta and United

Comparing Basic Economy Fares Among American, Delta and United

Grant Martin, Skift

With basic economy soon available on American, Delta, and United, it's worth comparing the pros and cons of each fare. American's may be good for elite travelers while Delta's is best for those with baggage.

4 months ago

American’s Cheapest Fares Soon Won’t Include Access to Overhead Bins

American’s Cheapest Fares Soon Won’t Include Access to Overhead Bins

Brian Sumers, Skift

As happened with United, this story will probably go viral, and consumer groups will whine about not having access to bin space. But remember, the market has spoken: Frontier and Spirit charge for bin space, and yet passengers fly them. Why should American and United not sell similar products?

4 months ago

United’s New No-Frills Fare Won’t Even Include Free Carry-ons

United’s New No-Frills Fare Won’t Even Include Free Carry-ons

Brian Sumers , Skift

During Jeff Smisek's reign, industry insiders used to poke fun at United for copying Delta on key decisions. But with its new Basic Economy product, United is thinking outside the box. United's new fare may not be great news for flyers, but investors should be happy.

6 months ago

United May Delay Plans to Introduce a Basic Economy Fare

United May Delay Plans to Introduce a Basic Economy Fare

Brian Sumers, Skift

Given how many changes United has made at the top recently, it makes sense that airline may want to delay this new fare class. The new executive team probably wants to get it right.

8 months ago