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