Delta Eliminates Upgrades On Basic Economy Fares

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    There's no doubt airlines are in a race to the bottom when it comes to "unbundling" their fares. Airlines think they're being smart with the way they market unbundling -- "pay only for the services you use." The problem is that in most cases they continue to charge the same for the "unbundled" fare, and then add fees on top of that for services that used to be free. As far as legacy US airlines go, Delta took unbundling to a new level in 2012 when they introduced Basic Economy fares. These fares are even more restrictive than normal non-refundable economy fares in the sense that they don't allow advance seat assignments or changes. However, at the time they were still eligible for upgrades and mileage accrual. It looks like Delta will be decreasing the benefits on Basic Economy fares in 2015. As of February 1, 2015, Delta Basic Economy fares (booked in the "E" fare class) will no longer be eligible for paid or complimentary upgrades, same-day travel changes, or priority boarding for purchase: The post Delta Eliminates Upgrades On Basic Economy Fares appeared first on One Mile at a Time.

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