United rolled out basic economy fares earlier in the year, and with these fares you dont get a free full size carryon, wont receive elite qualifying credit, etc. Common items include backpacks, laptop bags, and purses. While delta was the first airline to introduce basic economy fares, united has made them significantly worse. The 10 best underseat carryon bags for basic economy. American airlines and united will ban carryon bags for.
Delta air lines has allowed a standard carryon bag with basic economy tickets from the start. When flying united basic economy, checked luggage costs the same as if you were flying regular economy. A coworker had offered me her personal item piece from her luggage set but. No plans to lift carryon bag restrictions on basic. Basic economy airport and plane experiences first or second hand if purchased on united. Basic economy passengers are only allowed a small personal item that can fit under their seat. Ua enforces the carryon restriction by boarding group it only applies to boarding group 5. United airlines rolled out basic economy fares this year, a lowerprice option to entice budget conscious travelers check out the points guy comparing the new basic fares across the major airlines. Basic economy fare passengers may only bring on board one personal item with maximum dimensions of 9 x 10 x 17 inches 22 x 25 x 43 cm. Basic economy passengers are not permitted to carry on board a larger cabin bag. On transatlantic flights, your carryon baggage allowance is the same as for standard economy tickets. The united airlines baggage allowance for passengers travelling on a basic economy fare is different, however.
Arrive for your flight with a standard carryon bag with a basic economy ticket, and the airline will make you check your. What united airlines new changes really mean for travelers. To check your bag, youll go to a checkin counter or designated kiosk in the airport lobby. It goes without saying that if youre planning to fly with a small backpack the. Learn about frequently asked questions faq for basic economy and the important restrictions you can expect with baggage, seating and flight changes. Only one piece of luggage may be carried on and it must fit under the seat. Basic economy frequently asked questions united airlines. Given my random fortune described above, if im not traveling with checked bags, i really dont mind united basic economy i live at a united hub, it gets me where im going, and its pricecompetitive with the lccs. Dec 20, 2019 more information can be found in uniteds explanation of basic economy but here are some basics.
I always bring this same backpack on flights and im always able to store. United airlines says it has no plans to change its ban on carryon bags for basic economy tickets. It says that youre allowed a small personal item that fits under the seat in front of you, such as a shoulder b. United doesnt publish their baggage fees directly, you have to look it up by trip.
With the rise of lowcost carriers like allegiant, frontier and spirit airlines in the united states, legacy airlines have been forced to find new ways to compete for budgetminded travelers. United, along with several budget airlines, that require your carryon bag to be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. Uniteds announcement was the real shocker because it was the first to announce the limited carryon baggage allowance. Basic economy provides a lowerpriced fare but places restrictions on seat assignment, boarding, carryon baggage, upgrades, changes, refunds, elite earning and elite benefits. How to tell if your backpack counts as a personal or carryon item. While i normally fly delta or jet blue, i jumped at a lastminute basic economy fare to travel home for memorial day weekend. For basic economy fares on transatlantic flights, youll be required to pay for your first checked bag. Mileageplus members will earn full premier qualifying dollars, 50% premier qualifying miles and 0. Basic economy passengers will be limited to a single personal item only such as a purse or laptop or backpack or a very small bag that must fit under the seat this is similar to spirits policy. Travelers were allowed to bring only a personal item, such as a purse, backpack or laptop bag, that fit under the seat. Jun 19, 2017 while delta was the first airline to introduce basic economy fares, united has made them significantly worse. Many media reports misrepresented overhead bin use. If you mean take it with you into the cabin then yes.
Uniteds basic economy fares along with americans are the. A conversation with a passenger who unknowingly had a. United airlines damaged baggage claim form basic economy backpack carry on reddit check in checked size chart rule can i bring a. The real reason united airlines suddenly pulled back. The united airlines carryon allowance permits you to bring one cabin bag at 9 x 14 x 22 inches 22 x 35 x 56 cm, plus one personal item with maximum total dimensions of 9 x 10 x 17 inches 22 x 25 x 43 cm the united airlines baggage allowance for passengers travelling on a basic economy fare is different, however.
However, it must conform to the maximum size stated by united for any cabin baggage. Flying basic economy is not anyones first choice, but the savings can sometimes be too good to pass up. If you begin checkin and do not indicate that youre checking a bag. So, like budget airlines, uniteds basic economy fare is pretty barebones. So youve booked a basic economy fare on united airlines. In order to make flying basic economy with united as pleasant as can be. Nov 14, 2017 if you mean take it with you into the cabin then yes.
Once removed, these batteries can be transported on board. United airlines will roll out a new basic economy fare class early next year as it becomes the latest big u. While most legacy carriers include a fullsize carryon bag when traveling with a basic economy ticket, theres one exception. Why spend more than necessary on your next united flight. United airlines basic economy bag ban probably wont last now that american airlines has decided to give basic economy passengers a regular carryon bag allowance, united airlines will probably. Economy plus, economy and basic economy, though they will add a new fare soon with the addition of premium plus.
No plans to lift carryon bag restrictions on basic economy. Instead of seeing united basic economy as a punishment, turn the tables in your favor to get the best value without any additional spend. On transatlantic flights operated by united and united express, your carryon baggage allowance is the same as for standard economy tickets. Wore it tight against my back, was friendly with the desk agent and gate agent, walked like i owned the plane, and got by with no hesitation. This indicates a link to an external site that may not follow the same accessibility or privacy policies as alaska airlines. My personal item was my tom bihn brain bag backpack which, even when empty, exceeds the size requirements listed on the united website for personal items. Luckily, there are ways around uniteds restrictive basic economy fare rules. Dec 27, 2018 basic economy united airlines baggage fees. Once my flight was booked, united reminded me of basic economys restrictions on the confirmation page as well.
For all other basic economy tickets, youre not allowed a fullsized carryon bag unless youre a mileageplus premier member or companion traveling on the same reservation, the primary cardmember of a qualifying mileageplus credit card or a star alliance gold member. Youre allowed a small personal item that fits under the seat in front of you, such as a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop bag or other small item that is 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches 22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm or less. Heres what you need to know before flying about carryon bags, checked bags, seats. Im not sure however if this entitles me to be able to bring on a carry on bag in addition. This guide will answer common questions about these restrictions and the basic economy experience on. Everyone else who is traveling on a basic economy ticket. United airlines carryon bag sizes, rules and restrictions. American, delta and united have each launched discounted basic economy fares that are barebones tickets without inclusions like advance seat selection, carryon baggage, upgrades, flight. I paid the extra to be able make my seat selection at the time of the booking. For checked bags with basic economy, united states. Below is an overview of how you can make the best of united basic.
When flying united basic economy, checked luggage costs the same as if you. A coworker had offered me her personal item piece from her luggage set but it is 9. United has introduced basic economy fares to compete with lowcost carriers such as spirit airlines and frontier airlines. Once my flight was booked, united reminded me of basic economys restrictions on. United airlines damaged baggage claim form basic economy. In 2017, united and american joined delta to offer an unprecedented fare. American and united introduced their basic economy tickets with a carryon bag ban. Flying round trip on united airlines with basic economy tickets which means were each allowed one personal item on the plane with dimensions in inches of 9 x 10 x 17. While delta and american allow you to bring a carryon bag when flying basic economy, united does not. First, ultralow cost carriers became very successful by offering extremely. Traveling with a disability on basic economy airfare. How to make the most of uniteds basic economy nerdwallet. Basic economy provides a lowerpriced fare but may place restrictions on seat assignment, boarding, carryon baggage, upgrades, changes, refunds, elite earning and elite benefits.
Keep it small a purse or backpack will often fit just right. I have a question about united airlines basic economy ticket carry on bag policy. One of the primary restrictions youll encounter when flying basic economy on united is baggage fees. Oct 17, 2018 united airlines says it has no plans to change its ban on carryon bags for basic economy tickets. Sep 21, 2017 in a rush to compete with ultralowfare carriers, united introduced basic economy fares last spring and unleashed a new set of problems for the chicagobased airline.
None of the gate agents even batted an eye on my way through the gate and. United created the basic economy fare, in part, to compete with budget airlines, such as spirit air and southwest, on their domestic routes. Effective july 9, 2018, lithium batteries that are installed in any checked or carryon baggage must be removed by the customer. If you have purchased basic economy, you will only be allowed one small personal item, such as a shoulder bag, purse or laptop bag, unless you are a premier member or a primary cardmember of a qualifying mileageplus credit card or star alliance gold member. Hi everyone, i have a normal sized backpack thats just slightly over the size limits for united basic economy bag requirements. United airlines recently announced a new basic economy airfare among. Loophole in uniteds basic economy lets you bring on two carry. No fullsize carryon bags in new basic economy class. Nov 15, 2016 united airlines will roll out a new basic economy fare class early next year as it becomes the latest big u. For all other basic economy tickets, youll be allowed to bring on board one personal item that fits under the seat in front of you, such as a shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other small item that is 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches 22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm or less.
Seats may not be selected until the day of the flight. A conversation with a passenger who unknowingly had a basic. United is taking it a step further with their basic economy fares. However, there are important exceptions, including for customers traveling on basic economy tickets. All other basic economy fares have the same checked baggage policies as standard economy tickets. United airlines basic economy bag ban probably wont last. How to beat united basic economy fares thrifty traveler. Smart bags that do not have a removable battery cannot travel on any united or united express flights. In a rush to compete with ultralowfare carriers, united introduced basic economy fares last spring and unleashed a new set of problems for the chicagobased airline. Unlike the current economy fare, under a basic economy fare. Canada apply for an alaska airlines canadian credit card. Late this year, jetblue was the latest airline to join the basic economy game.
American airlines and united will ban carryon bags for basic. The airline industry has changed dramatically in the last few years. Dec 25, 2019 united has two types of economy fares. Carryon enforcement for united airlines basic economy.
United has the most restrictive basic economy fares out there. I almost never fly united airlines, and a recent redye in basic economy in the last row of a 737 next generation reminded me why. They wont allow seat assignments prior to checkin, ticket changes, upgrades, or economy plus seating. With basic economy, youll only be able to check in for your flight through united. More information can be found in uniteds explanation of basic economy but here are some basics.
Just made it onto the plane with my united basic economy ticket wearing a standard superdry backpack. In this vlog, i use a backpack, a jansport big student backpack, as my. You can still check your bags and pay the applicable service charge in the airport lobby when youre picking up your. United states this indicates a link to an external site that may not follow the same accessibility or privacy policies as alaska airlines. Up until now, booking a basic economy fare on delta has meant no free ticket changes, no advance seat assignments, no upgrades, etc. How strict is united airlines basic economy personal item.
Ua basic economy and backpacks air travel forum tripadvisor. Apr 03, 2019 i bought a united airlines basic economy seat for my flight, which means i can only bring one personal item on the airplane. I cant find anything that addresses this on uniteds site or maybe im not understanding. By selecting a partner link you agree to share your data with these sites. Apr 02, 2018 heres how to avoid airline fees in basic economy. Changed bag rules and optional services united airlines. Travelers were allowed to bring only a personal item, such as a purse. If the entire through trip from edinburgh to cincinnati was booked as one ticket with a simple stopover. United basic economy how enforced is the fullsize carry.
Originally posted by jsloan it applies to everyone on the reservation with the primary card member. Obviously this allows a larger and heavier pack but even so there are li. Carryon baggage carryon bag policy united airlines. While i normally fly delta or jet blue, i jumped at a lastminute basic economy fare to. The addition of a new basic economy fare type for domestic flights is the change that will impact travelers the most. If you are traveling on a basic economy ticket, your personal item will be the only item you can bring on board. Overhead storage space is now reserved for travelers flying economy or higher.1229 348 956 385 657 942 418 1559 744 190 639 462 1165 809 703 267 724 872 1235 1343 417 902 1242 1071 1311 684 1429 313 99