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United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« on: November 28, 2017, 02:54:59 PM »
If I book on one reservation for me and the wife, will they really look not to seat us together, or I shouldn't worry about it?

If I have a baby with me, is Basic Economy less of an issue?

If basic economy is $40 less per ticket, is there any reason not to save the $80?  (My options would be to need to pay $25 for 2 carry-ons for a total of $50, or skip it and just pay a total of $25 for one suitcase, and no carry-on.)

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2017, 03:11:29 PM »
You don't have an explorer card?

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 03:42:04 PM »
No

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 04:28:25 PM »
I have the United club card, and booked a basic economy ticket. the main restriction should be the inability to choose seats. However, i just checked my reservation and it says that for $5-$15 i can choose seats for myself and companion (only economy - no option to purchase e+). I was then able to choose seats without paying anything. have they changed their policies? was that a glitch?

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 09:28:31 PM »
I had a pretty good experience on a weekend trip to ABQ. The biggest pain was that the agent has to verify your baggage, so even if you just have a backpack with you, you still have to wait in line to check in. Got seats together on both departing and returning flights.

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2018, 09:45:01 PM »
I have the United club card, and booked a basic economy ticket. the main restriction should be the inability to choose seats. However, i just checked my reservation and it says that for $5-$15 i can choose seats for myself and companion (only economy - no option to purchase e+). I was then able to choose seats without paying anything. have they changed their policies? was that a glitch?
Im experiencing the same, it must be an IT glitch.

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2018, 09:46:33 PM »
Im experiencing the same, it must be an IT glitch.
Wow. Did you try to choose the economy plus seats?

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2018, 09:49:55 PM »
Wow. Did you try to choose the economy plus seats?
Yes, The only way i was able to get the regular economy seats without having to pay the $5-15, was by selecting economy plus and then switching to regular economy.
When booked in basic economy you usually arent allowed to even view the seatmap.
Im not complaining....

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2018, 09:53:25 PM »

When booked in basic economy you usually arent allowed to even view the seatmap.
Im not complaining....
They changed that last week, now officially you can pay to reserve seats for basic economy.

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2018, 09:54:34 PM »
They changed that last week, now officially you can pay to reserve seats for basic economy.
Cool, wasnt giving me that option on the app.

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2018, 04:51:44 AM »
I have the United club card, and booked a basic economy ticket. the main restriction should be the inability to choose seats. However, i just checked my reservation and it says that for $5-$15 i can choose seats for myself and companion (only economy - no option to purchase e+). I was then able to choose seats without paying anything. have they changed their policies? was that a glitch?
Im experiencing the same, it must be an IT glitch.
New policy

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2018, 08:33:53 AM »
New policy

There's no new policy that you can reserve seats for free...

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2018, 08:38:55 AM »
There's no new policy that you can reserve seats for free...
Missed the last line

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2018, 10:27:32 PM »
If one is silver elite, can they book the basic economy then call united and be granted a "free" seat in advance or with basic econmy, status doesnt matter and you do not get a free on board bag and no advance seat? I tweeted nited asking but no response yet but want to book the ticket asap

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Re: United Basic Economy- How bad is it?
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2018, 06:50:37 AM »
If one is silver elite, can they book the basic economy then call united and be granted a "free" seat in advance or with basic econmy, status doesnt matter and you do not get a free on board bag and no advance seat? I tweeted nited asking but no response yet but want to book the ticket asap
you get luggage, not sure about seat, I believe that yes but not positive
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