Articles tagged “basic economy”

Delta Doesn’t Actually Want Anyone to Buy Basic Economy

Delta Doesn’t Actually Want Anyone to Buy Basic Economy

Brian Sumers, Skift

Delta has a message for passengers who don't like Basic Economy fares: Trade up and buy a better product.

1 week ago

Amtrak Ads Call Out Air Travel While Execs Mull Basic Economy

Amtrak Ads Call Out Air Travel While Execs Mull Basic Economy

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Amtrak's new videos speak the truth about the easy comfort of train travel, while flying basic economy is rife with pain points. But how many flyers will become rail-converts for the comfort?

1 month ago

United Backtracks on Basic Economy Fares as American Expands Them

United Backtracks on Basic Economy Fares as American Expands Them

Grant Martin, Skift

As one carrier, United, backs off on basic economy, another, American Airlines, doubles down. Will this clear the field for American? Perhaps.

1 month ago

United Blames Hurricane Harvey for Major Revenue Decline

United Blames Hurricane Harvey for Major Revenue Decline

Brian Sumers, Skift

There's a reason they call it an act of God. Every airline in the world is going to lose money when a massive hurricane hits one of its largest hubs. United will be fine. It'll just take some time.

1 month ago

Airlines Could Reveal Strategies to Impede Spirit and Frontier — Travel This Week

Airlines Could Reveal Strategies to Impede Spirit and Frontier — Travel This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It will be interesting to see whether American and United can continue discounting to the degree they've been doing now that Hurricane Harvey has added vigor to already-rising fuel prices. With the likes of little Norwegian Air bringing its low fares across the Atlantic, this promises to likewise raise blood pressure levels in legacy airline boardrooms.

1 month ago

United Says Customers May Dislike Basic Economy But They’re Buying It

United Says Customers May Dislike Basic Economy But They’re Buying It

Brian Sumers, Skift

What have we learned from this investor conference? Americans are cheap. Some travelers probably do win when buying these fares, but United says as many as 40 percent of customers are choosing them. Surely, some don't know what they're buying.

4 months ago

Clever Ways Basic Economy Fares Force Flyers To Pay Extra

Clever Ways Basic Economy Fares Force Flyers To Pay Extra

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airlines are using cheap basic economy fares, and more expensive traditional economy fares, to drive revenue. And the worse the basic economy experience becomes, the more likely flyers are to choose more expensive fares.

4 months ago

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.

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

7 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.

7 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.

7 months ago