Delta currently sells Basic Economy fares on select routes which are known as E fares. These discounted fares don’t allow for seat selection at booking, but Medallions still receive the same benefits including complimentary upgrades… until now!
Any tickets that are purchased now for travel after February 1, 2015, will no longer be eligible for Complimentary Medallion Upgrades according to this chart posted on Delta’s site when booking basic economy fares.
Other restrictions for basic economy fares include:
- No advance seat selection (prior to the check-in window)
- No Same Day Standby or Same Day Confirmed
- No complimentary Medallion upgrades or seating (to Front Cabin, Preferred, or Economy Comfort)
- No paid upgrades
Basic Economy E fares are only offered on select routes where Delta competes with many low cost carriers, and as a way to keep the price down they offer these discounted fares without any perks.
*Note, that the chart above incorrectly states these changes occur February 1, 2014. I reached out to my contact, and they confirmed these changes are beginning February 1, 2015, and the website has a typo*
What are your thoughts on these Basic Economy fares? As a Medallion, would you be willing to book one to save some money or would you would opt for a regular economy fare?