Articles tagged “basic economy”

American Airlines Cites the Competition in Forcing Basic Economy Changes

American Airlines Cites the Competition in Forcing Basic Economy Changes

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Delta Air Lines launched Basic Economy, it allowed a free carry-on bag. When American Airlines subsequently launched a similar fare type, it barred free carry-ons, and that has turned out to be a poor decision because American has been losing market share to Delta.

4 weeks ago

Airlines Would Prefer Passengers Stop Stealing Their Bedding

Airlines Would Prefer Passengers Stop Stealing Their Bedding

Brian Sumers, Skift

On the one hand, airlines are improving the flying experience — at least for business class — so much that passengers want to take a piece home with them. On the other, blanket theft is bad for the bottom line. We're pretty sure carriers don't have this problem in coach.

4 months ago

Air Canada Launches New Economy Fares to Compete With Low-Cost Carriers

Air Canada Launches New Economy Fares to Compete With Low-Cost Carriers

Grant Martin, Skift

A new series of fares just launched by Air Canada should make it easier for discerning travelers to pick the fare that suits them best – as long as they're willing to pay for it.

5 months ago

One Fallout From Long-Haul Battle on Airfares: No Free Checked Bag

One Fallout From Long-Haul Battle on Airfares: No Free Checked Bag

Micheline Maynard, Skift

Low-fare airlines got there first. Now, big carriers are launching basic economy fares across the Atlantic. Expect some confusion as their customers figure out the rules.

5 months ago

Virgin Atlantic Adds Basic Economy to Fend Off Rivals

Virgin Atlantic Adds Basic Economy to Fend Off Rivals

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

So much for Virgin Atlantic's old direct, fun branding. Now it has “economy delight,” "economy classic," and "economy light" tickets. It would have been clearer to call seats Cheap, Cheaper, and For Complete Cheapskates Only.

6 months ago

American Airlines Takes Basic Economy International

American Airlines Takes Basic Economy International

Grant Martin, Skift

American's bare-bones basic economy fares are about to start appearing on long-haul routes.

6 months ago

American Airlines Will Bring Basic Economy to Transatlantic Routes

American Airlines Will Bring Basic Economy to Transatlantic Routes

Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

American Airlines has been hinting at expanding basic economy fares on some European routes for some time now, so this is not surprising. Look for more of its competitors on both sides of the Atlantic to offer similar fares. Passengers have proven they want the cheapest possible ticket prices, even if those fares come with few frills.

6 months ago

American Airlines Extremely Bullish on the Future

American Airlines Extremely Bullish on the Future

David Koenig, Associated Press

To hear American Airlines President Robert Isom tell it, his airline will be profitable in perpetuity, and employees can "sign up for American for life." That's the kind of talk that was rife before the dot-com bubble burst. Enough said.

9 months ago

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.

10 months 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?

11 months 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.

11 months 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.

12 months ago