Basic economy vs. regular economy - Which Airlines Have the Best (and Worst) Fees?by Sanjay Singh Content Marketing
There’s only one real benefit to the basic economy: the price. And that it gives customers some buying power with the a la carte model—pay only for what you want, whether it be a pre-assigned seat or access to the overhead bin.
- Basic economy.
- Main cabin (or regular economy).
The price displayed on search engines like Google Flights is usually for a basic economy ticket. When clicking through to book the ticket, many airlines’ websites will try to sell you on the advantages of switching your ticket to the main cabin (for a fee).
Delta is especially tricky on its website, making its “move to main cabin” button look like the default while minimizing the prominence of its basic economy option.
When to choose one over the other
The differences between Delta’s main cabin and basic economy tickets are true for most airlines. Here’s how they (generally) differ:
|Basic economy||Main cabin|
|Seat selection||Not allowed, or for a higher fee.||Allowed, sometimes for a fee.|
|Changes and cancellations||Usually not allowed.||Allowed, often without a fee.|
|Points and miles||Not earned, or earned at a lower rate.||Earned at the usual rate.|
|Elite status benefits||Usually not included.||Included.|
|Bags||Carry-ons usually included. Checked bags not included.||Carry-ons included. Checked bags not included.|
In general, you should stick with lower-priced basic economy tickets only when:
- You don’t mind the possibility of a middle seat or getting separated from your travel partners.
- Your plans are firm and you don’t expect to change them.
- You’re not a frequent flyer who cares about points, miles and elite status benefits.
Otherwise, you should choose a main cabin fare if your budget accommodates it.
Which Airlines Have the Best (and Worst) Fees?
Average fees by airline
The expected add-on fees for a typical fare, including a checked bag, overhead carry-on bag, and selected seat.
Baggage fees by airline
Expected fees for a single checked bag and overhead carry-on bag in the lowest fare class.
Seat selection fees by airline
Average fees for selecting a seat on basic economy and main cabin fares.
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