Finding the cheapest flight tickets is often a priority when booking your next trip. This usually means flying in economy, with limited luxuries but the knowledge you’ve grabbed a great deal. However, if you thought economy seats were the most basic you could get think again: the “no frills” fare takes things one step further!
Also known as ‘economy minus’, ‘basic economy’ and ‘last class’, Delta Airlines introduced these cheap seats in 2012, American Airlines announced their plans to do so last year - and now United Airlines look set to follow suit.
So what’s the difference between basic economy and regular economy? In the case of Delta Airlines, with basic economy there are certain ‘perks’ which aren’t available – such as the ability to book your seat in advance, change your itinerary or the option for an upgrade. However, complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages are still on offer, meaning basic economy doesn’t strip you of all those little extras.
With so many budget airlines out there, there is increasing pressure on legacy airlines to keep up by providing the cheapest flights possible and it seems that basic economy is their way of doing so. If you want to save a few extra dollars, and don’t mind compromising on those added extras, basic economy could be the answer!
Would you fly basic economy?