Delta Expands Basic Economy To Transatlantic Flights

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Delta has started expanding their new fare type, Basic Economy, to transatlantic international flights, with the first route being Salt Lake City-London-Heathrow, United Kingdom.

As you can see from the example below, the fare difference from basic economy to main cabin is $40 roundtrip on a fare that’s over $2,000. As a reminder, Basic Economy is Delta’s new “beware fare” which is a few dollars cheaper, but has a bunch of exclusions.

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Delta plans to roll out Basic Economy on more of their transatlantic routes later this year. As a reminder the exclusions for booking the fare do pop-up at check-out and include no seat assignments until after check-in, no refunds, no changes, no same-day travel changes, Zone 3 boarding (last to board), limited Medallion benefits.

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It appears that this new roll-out begins the beginning on June for transatlantic flights, as Delta ramps up their busy summer schedule.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of buying a Basic Economy fare, I would strongly urge you to not to do it especially if you’re a Medallion member.

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  1. has @delta lost their minds? i’m going to give up any sort of flexibility for $40????? the answer would be NO.

  2. I inadvertently booked a basic economy flight from MSP-LHR last month. My total price was $1100 compared to $1950 so the savings were substantial.

    I am Delta Platinum and my seat did not get assigned until check-in so I got a middle seat. To my surprise though, I did get my Platinum perks like Sky Priority boarding. Overall, you do need to be aware of the differences in fare class but if the savings are big, like mine, I will consider it.

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