Introducing the Battle of Basic Economy: United vs. American vs. Delta

Basic Economy Battle

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Basic economy fares aren’t going anywhere. These no-frills fares – sans a seat selection and, in some cases, a free bag – are unavoidable whether you’re flying in the U.S., to Mexico or the Caribbean, or even to Europe.

But these fares aren’t created equally: Each carrier has its own set of restrictions. And there are different ways you can beat the airlines while still flying a basic economy fare.

We’re putting them to the test today, Tuesday July 9. Follow along on our Instagram, as I’m taking three basic economy flights around the country on the three major U.S. airlines: United, American, and Delta.


Basic Economy Battle


Each flight is roughly two hours, give or take a few minutes. Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Denver (DEN) is on United, DEN to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) will be with American, and the final leg from DFW-MSP will be on Delta.

Later this week, we’ll give you the skinny on how the basic economy fares from each carrier compare, from booking to check-in to baggage allowance and even seat selection. And watch for future guides on how to beat basic economy fares on each airline.

But be sure to follow along today for a closer look at basic economy fares on each airline!


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