Articles tagged “basic economy”

Airlines

United Faces Higher Costs – and What Else We Learned on the Earnings Call

United’s third-quarter results were strong, but higher-than-expected costs in several key areas will prove to be challenging in the months ahead.

United Faces Higher Costs – and What Else We Learned on the Earnings Call

Airlines

Delta’s Summer Plan Is 15,000 More Premium Seats Than Pre-Covid

Major U.S. airlines, including Delta, are betting that demand for premium seats will continue despite inflationary pressures.

Delta’s Summer Plan Is 15,000 More Premium Seats Than Pre-Covid

Airlines

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Southwest has known for years that there is money to be made in differentiation and protecting your brand identity regardless of what Wall Street thinks. That's a factor in its decision not to launch basic economy or bag fees.

Southwest CEO: We Won’t Introduce Basic Economy

Airlines

Yet Another Reminder on Why Airline Competition Is a Beautiful Thing

Frontier is far from the most perfect U.S. airline. It gets more than its share of complaints, and its on-time rate is worse than the U.S. average. But the airline is making some improvements to try to keep passengers from defecting to legacy carriers. That's good for consumers.

Airlines

Frontier Lowers Its Change Fees as Competition Heats Up

This is how competition should work. American, Delta, and United have been poaching customers from discount airlines with their no-frills basic economy fares. Frontier doesn't like that, so it has come up with a new passenger-friendly policy to try to sway potential passengers.

Frontier Lowers Its Change Fees as Competition Heats Up

Business Travel

Travel Managers Aren’t Buying Basic Economy Fares: Here’s Why

Travel managers are avoiding basic economy fares, and rightfully so. The consensus is that travelers end up paying more over the course of a trip if they go basic economy and have a worse flight experience to boot.

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American Airlines Cites the Competition in Forcing Basic Economy Changes

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.

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Airlines Would Prefer Passengers Stop Stealing Their Bedding

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.

Airlines

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

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.

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

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.

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