Overview of Delta Basic Economy Fares

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Delta launched their Basic Economy product a few years ago, however it’s since the launch it’s being expanded to more routes, both domestically and international. meaning you’re more likely to see it as a fare option than not when booking on Delta.

Delta Basic Economy is a cheaper value-fare option for those who customers who are driven by price, but with it, there are several restrictions that come with these fares.

Basic Economy Restrictions: 

  • Seats can not be assigned in advance and will automatically be chosen at check-in or at the gate, however there are no seat changes
  • Fare is non-refundable and non-changeable, meaning if you can’t take the flight, you’re out for the entire value of the ticket
  • Zone 3 boarding for Basic Economy customers unless a Medallion Member, then Priority boarding would apply
  • No Same Day Travel Changes allowed since the ticket is non-changeable. Medallion members are NOT eligible for Same Day Confirm or Same Day Standby option
  • Ticket is not upgrade eligible for anyone including Medallions
  • Not eligible for complimentary Comfort + or Preferred seating or to buy up to these seats

However, as of now, Basic Economy tickets on Delta are eligible to accrue mileage, Medallion Qualifying Miles, MQSs, and MQDs.

Basic Economy fares are cheaper than Main Cabin fares, and depending on the routes you could save about $20-$50 for roundtrip flights, so you’ll have to decide if the cheaper price outweighs the restrictions with these fares.

If you’re a Medallion Member, you’ll want to stay clear of these fares as they are not upgrade eligible meaning you won’t be able to take advantage of your benefit. You will however get Priority Boarding and you’ll earn SkyMiles and MQMs, but that’s about it.

Have you purchased a Delta Basic Economy ticket before? Feel free to comment below with your experience. 

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  1. Yesterday my BE fare got me into a Comfort+, so no complaints here. Must’ve been one of the only seats left. Was wondering though, as a Delta credit card holder, do I still have the right to priority boarding even if I don’t have any type of status with them when flying Basic Economy?

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