Delta's New Basic Economy Class
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(Posted: Mar 22, 2012)
Passengers who want to pay for roomier coach seats on Delta can book Economy Comfort seats, which offer additional legroom and other premium features on domestic and international flights.
Now, for those who want to pay a little less, the airline has introduced a Basic Economy fare class, the lowest fare possible. The seats are the same as regular coach seats but there are no advance seat assignments for E class, even if you are a top-tier elite Medallion member.
You will not receive a seat number when making reservations and will be automatically assigned a seat at check-in. You will earn the same number of miles as regular coach fares but no changes are allowed. If you need to make changes to your ticket, you can't pay a change fee or cancellation fee and change your itinerary or cancel the flight.The E fares will be available on flights within the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
If you don't care where you sit and don't expect your travel plans to change, then it may be worth the savings to book an E fare. Keep in mind, though, that the $20 you saved may mean you end up in a middle seat at the back of the plane near the bathroom. And if you need to cancel the flight for any reason, you will forfeit the money spent on the ticket. Even elites aren't exempt from the no advance seat assignment clause, but at least the number of miles earned for E fares isn't reduced.
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