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Basic Economy Flights

Basic Economy Flights

Discover airlines that are offering basic economy flights for your desire route. Understand more about the different services/ products that each fare type offer to customers.

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What are Basic Economy Flights?

'Basic Economy' is a fare type that an airline offers to customers as one of the bundles available in what they called a fare-family. 'Basic Economy' is usually the cheapest fare bundles with the least Economy offerings.

'Basic Economy' tickets are often non-refundable and inflexible. Not only that, it has the least baggage allowance compared to the other bundles available, meaning that there's usually only hand baggage available for passengers. There's usually no free checked baggage allowance.

There are many airlines that are offering 'Basic Economy' tickets for customers, including both low-cost airlines and full-service carriers. In most cases, Basic Economy tickets rarely offer any amenities other than the ticket itself. Therefore, it won't have amenities like priority boarding, seat selection, extra baggage allowance. If the airline has a frequent flyer programme, then the number of points earned will be the least compared to other fare types.

Which airlines offer Basic Economy Flights?

Air Canada

Basic Economy at Air Canada is called Economy Basic. Tickets aren't entitled to any changes or cancellations but ticket upgrades aren't available. Food and drinks onboard can be purchased onboard but inflight entertainment is still available on a personal 22.6cm TV. A piece of carry-on baggage is allowed for free and checked baggage comes with a fee. Please visit the Air Canada website for more information.

American Airlines

Basic Economy on American Airlines offers one piece of carry on baggage and a personal item onboard. However, it doesn't cover any checked baggage on the ticket. Passengers can request for an upgrade and make changes at a later date with a fee. Changes are only available for flights to and from Europe, South America and Africa. Seats can only be selected for a fee. Please visit the American Airlines website for more information.

British Airways

Passengers on British Airways' Basic Economy can choose their allocated seat at airport check-in for free. If you are travelling on a long-haul flight, you are would also receive a free onboard meal. All Basic Economy passengers have two pieces of hand baggage free regardless, but changes and cancellations come with a fee. Please visit the British Airways website for more information.

Delta Airlines

Basic Economy is Delta's cheapest fare type available and with the least amenities onboard. Free non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are available for Basic Economy passengers as well as in-flight entertainment with a wide range of movies and shows. Just like the other airlines, only carry-on baggage is within the free baggage allowance and free allocated seats are only available at airport check-in. Flight changes or upgrades are not permitted for the passengers. Please visit our guide on Delta Basic Economy flights for more information.


The Basic Economy fare on Lufthansa is called 'Economy Light'. Tickets are the cheapest compared to other fare types, but passengers aren't eligible for flight changes nor refunds. Only one piece of carry-on baggage allowed within the baggage allowance. Seat reservation can only be made for free at airport check-in. Please visit the Lufthansa website for more information.

United Airlines

Basic Economy on United Airlines flights permits passengers to carry a personal and one piece of carry-on baggage on selected routes. However, allocated seats prior to airport check-in, flight changes and cancellations are not allowed. Passengers can still redeem their frequent flyer points when flying on Basic Economy. Please visit the United Airlines website for more information.

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Basic Economy Flights FAQs

What does basic economy include?

Basic economy tickets includes the least amenities to passengers, it usually includes free allocated seats at airport check-in and a piece of carry-on baggage. Depending on the airline, passengers may receive complimentary snacks and drinks but it doesn't usually include any free checked baggage and takes are non-refundable and inflexible.

Can I bring a carry on with United Basic Economy?

Yes, you can bring one personal item and sometimes another piece of carry-on baggage onboard the aircraft. However, please check with the airline you're travelling with for the most accurate information.

If you've booked with us and have questions about your booking, please contact our customer service team for more information.

Is it bad to fly basic economy?

No, basic economy is the cheapest ticket available and if you know your travelling dates, then it's perfect for you.