First is the worst, last is the best … or at least the best price.
Smaller seats and less perks than economy are part of the new class of service dubbed “Basic economy” or “economy-minus.” Already offered by Delta and some other discount carriers, this category of service is the new way to compete with budget airlines. And it’s likely coming to an airline near you too, as the industry speeds up its race to the bottom to boost loads and profits.
So what can you expect for less?
- Seats – or seatlettes – between 28 and 30 inches of pitch.
- Zero itinerary changes.
- Zero refunds.
- Carry-on bags will carry a cost.
- Meals, snacks, drinks AND entertainment are extra.
- No advance seat assignments, so probably no sitting next to family or friends. (Well, this could be a good thing.)
And while economy class is getting worse, executive class is becoming more luxurious than ever.
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