United and American Just Started Selling the First of Their ‘Basic Economy’ Tickets
Your chance to fly cheap is here.
On Tuesday, both United and American Airlines separately put on sale the first tickets with their new “Basic Economy” fare options—ones that save customers round $20 per leg of a flight but come with restrictions, like no access to the overhead bins.
American introduced the first 10 domestic routes with the new fare, for travel beginning on March 1, the Wall Street Journal reports. The airline also promised more route options in the coming months.
Charlotte to Orlando; Dallas Fort Worth to Baltimore; Dallas Fort Worth to Tampa; Miami to Tampa; Miami to New Orleans; Philadelphia to Dallas/Fort Worth; Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale; Philadelphia to Miami; Philadelphia to New Orleans; and Philadelphia to Charlotte.
As for United, the company unveiled the first of its Basic Economy routes only hours after its rival did. The airline is offering service from from Minneapolis to its seven domestic hubs. (Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Houston Bush International, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, and Washington Dulles), the Journal reports, and hopes to expand these fares to its entire domestic market, as well as to Latin America and the Caribbean. United tickets with the new fares are available for travel beginning April 18.