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Which basic economy is best?

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Which basic economy is best?
« on: January 14, 2022, 12:58:48 AM »
Which basic economy is best? And why? How much more would you pay to go on your preferred basic economy?
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2022, 01:01:00 AM »
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2022, 01:01:27 AM »
American. Not even close.
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2022, 01:03:41 AM »
American. Not even close.
I would say Delta is better, since at least they'll allow you to switch seats at check in.
AA you can't switch without paying $$
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2022, 01:25:53 AM »
I would say Delta is better, since at least they'll allow you to switch seats at check in.
AA you can't switch without paying $$
No miles on Delta vs full miles on AA.
No EQMs on Delta vs full loyalty points on AA.
AA allows elites to select MCE seats on BE.
AA allows comp upgrades on BE.
AA allows 500 milers on BE.
AA allows SWUs on BE.
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2022, 01:26:22 AM »
Ranking is:
AA
DL
UA
B6

Spirit offers basic economy?
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2022, 08:05:20 AM »


No miles on Delta vs full miles on AA.
No EQMs on Delta vs full loyalty points on AA.
AA allows elites to select MCE seats on BE.
AA allows comp upgrades on BE.
AA allows 500 milers on BE.
AA allows SWUs on BE.

4 out of the 6 points you mention are only relevant for those with status and 1 is only relevant for those trying to earn status.
I can understand for someone who is a light flyer, being able to switch seats may be preferable to earning miles.

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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2022, 08:09:04 AM »
Ranking is:
AA
DL
UA
B6

Spirit offers basic economy?
spirit regular is Equivalent to regular airlines basic economy
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2022, 10:00:23 AM »
Do you factor in the airline overall? For me, virtually none of the factors Dan mentioned are a concern, but I'd rather fly Delta than AA.
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2022, 10:52:01 AM »
Ranking is:
AA
DL
UA
B6

Spirit offers basic economy?
B6 allows choosing seats at check in, United sometimes assigns at the gate.
I guess you’re considering free bags for cardholders?

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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2022, 11:11:00 AM »
B6 allows choosing seats at check in, United sometimes assigns at the gate.
I guess you’re considering free bags for cardholders?
Yes.
Also, UA is much better about keeping people on the same PNR together compared to B6.
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2022, 11:11:24 AM »
I'd rather fly Delta than AA.
I don't think that's a factor for this argument.
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2022, 11:12:16 AM »
being able to switch seats may be preferable to earning miles.
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Truthfully though, didn't know DL BE allows you to switch seats at OLCI. Was that always the case?
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2022, 11:13:10 AM »
Yes.
Also, UA is much better about keeping people on the same PNR together compared to B6.
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2022, 01:30:47 PM »
Truthfully though, didn't know DL BE allows you to switch seats at OLCI. Was that always the case?
Anyone have data points on this?
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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2022, 01:37:52 PM »
DL was good until recently.
Full mileage/segment and status earning, elite and cc baggage allowance, able to choose seats at 24hr check-in. The only thing you didn't get was comp upgrades. They've completely decimated it. Good by BE segment runs.
I've also noticed that DL seems to have  a greater difference between E and V fares.

Doesn't UA give 50% award for basic?


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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2022, 09:51:18 PM »
Basic Economy is horrible. Period. Especially for transatlantic flights. Absolutely ridiculous to charge $1,000+ for a ticket where you can't choose seats or check in luggage or get any miles/elite credits, etc, without paying another $150.

The crazy part is that the justification for moving to basic economy for transatlantic flights is not around anymore (those airlines are gone), and the justification makes sense when flights are $350, never when they are more than $500.

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Re: Which basic economy is best?
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2022, 01:03:40 AM »
Does any basic economy offer free changes and/or cancellation?
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