“Ladies and gentlemen, now that boarding has completed, we’d like to ask our passengers traveling in basic economy to help pull the plane back from the gate”. That joke would land a lot better if it weren’t as close to the reality many passengers face today. New details have emerged from yet another airline switching to basic economy and the nitty gritty is not very pretty…

American Airlines Basic Economy Details Have Leaked…

No checked bag, no seat assignment, last one to board, no carry on, just a personal item and if you need to change your flight you can’t, you’ll just have to lose all the value of your ticket. No refund, no exceptions. That’s American Airlines new basic economy fare structure in a nutshell. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much in line with every other airline’s basic economy announcements. Hoping your elite loyalty status will help? It won’t. No upgrades on basic economy fares…

Airlines Don’t Have To Do This. They’re Just Greedy…

We’ve seen staggeringly low fares all around the world for years now yet airlines have managed record profits, so why the change? They already charge for extra’s like snacks, bags and have found new ancillary ways (like paid upgrades) to get more out of us which leaves only answer: they want more. Why offer a better product and have to lower prices? Rather than realize that it may be just the reason someone chooses them, they just wont.

Basic Economy Is Actually Terrible For Prices…

Been loving the deals featured so regularly these days? Of course you have! They’re incredible. They’re bringing people back into travel and they’re largely brought on by innovative discount carriers trying to give as cheap but as cheerful an experience as possible. The major airlines, Delta, American, United, British Airways and many more to follow haven’t enjoyed that run and now they want to plan to match the low fares to compete but strip all the benefits, forcing you to purchase higher fares for the same experience you get right now at no additional cost.

And On Big Airlines Basic Economy Is Confusing…

Before entering a runway a pilot sees massive flashing lights letting them know they’re about to make a big move. When you fly Ryanair, EasyJet, Vueling, WOW, Norwegian or Southwest it’s virtually the same. You know you’re getting a fairly frill free experience, you know you’ll pay for any needed extras and you also kind of believe that they’re trying to make things better to compete, rather than worse. Legacy airlines, such as American, Delta, British Airways and United customers don’t suspect that they’ll be operating a stationary bike to rev the engines or paying for the simple pleasures they’ve long enjoyed, like an assigned seat or a carry on.

Plus, You’ll Probably Pay More If You Need Any Perks…

Basic economy charges you for everything. Though you may save on the base fare of your ticket by purchasing basic economy, there’s a high probability that if you add on any of the necessary services to make a flight feel less like a budget bus experience, you’ll end up net overpaying versus just grabbing the more expensive advertised fare at the time of purchase. It could be said that this is a deliberate ploy to confuse less savvy air travel customers.

Most Importantly, In The Words Of Gary Leff, “I Am NOT My Fare”…

There are billionaires, titans of industry, incredibly frequent flyers and people from all walks of life and airline loyalty who occasionally must choose a ticket based on schedule, fare or route. Many smaller planes don’t have first class, sometimes first class is sold out and sometimes it just seems foolish to overpay for one hour in a plane. Stripping loyal flyers of all their perks if they choose to take one of these fares is the beginning of the end of loyalty. Period.