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Basic economy is a cheaper option one can opt for while purchasing a flight ticket. So, what is the catch? Is it similar to economy travel? No, the basic economy and economy aren’t the same thing. And, most of the time, with basic economy, your fares don’t cover the basic benefits one normally enjoys, such as overhead space for bags, online check-in, and more.

Pros and cons of basic economy travel 

Cost-effective 

Basic economy fares are almost $20 to $60 cheaper when compared to economy travel. But, sometimes you can even end up saving more than $100. So, if budget is an issue, then this is the best option for you. But be careful, there can be several hidden charges and you may end up paying more. So, always check twice, maybe even thrice for hidden charges and restrictions.

Seating and in-flight experience 

Okay, time for more good news. When you book basic economy flights with major airlines, you sit in the economy area itself. And this means you enjoy the same in-flight experiences, such as WiFi, snacks, and entertainment as the economy passengers. Great, isn’t it? But don’t expect this with every airline. However, you can check the details first on the airline’s website before making your booking.

Luggage restrictions 

When you are flying basic economy, you cannot carry too much luggage. Some flights allow only a single small bag that can fit under the seat but that’s it. And that being said, airlines such as Delta and American allow a stand carry-on. However, before booking your ticket, it’s always best to talk to the airline and make sure you are aware of all the restrictions and baggage charges.

Several restrictions 

  • Generally, when you book your tickets, you won’t be able to make any changes or even get a refund if you decide to cancel your booking. Most airlines don’t allow you to upgrade your seats as well.
  • When it comes to boarding the flight, basic economy passengers board last.
  • Although with basic economy you earn your miles, some airlines reduce the number for basic economy.
  • You will be able to choose your seat only after you check-in.

Last-minute ticket

Although basic economy is a cheaper option, but it’s futile if it is a last-minute booking. Therefore, either book earlier or check all other segments before you confirm your booking.

Despite basic economy being a cost-effective choice, learn everything about your flight before you make a booking. Also, since you now know that they are non-refundable, at least most of the time. Check fares in other segments before going ahead with the booking.

We highly recommend adding travel protection for 24/7 travel assistance services while booking your airfare. It will also cover protection from trip delays, trip interruptions, trip cancellations, baggage delays, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation.

The bottom line is that this segment is perfect for a quick trip when you don’t require heavy packing. However, if you are planning a trip with your family or a group of friends, instead of basic economy, try a low budget airline.

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