Delta Price Glitch: Basic Economy More Expensive than Main Cabin Fares

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We’ve covered an Overview of Delta Basic Economy Fares, and generally you should not book these fares as they are extremely limited in what they offer. We also wrote how Delta Basic Economy Only $3 Less Than Main Cabin Tickets, but now searching for a flight, Delta Basic Economy is pricing higher than a Main Cabin fare.

Delta is selling both Basic Economy and Main Cabin fares available and the price difference for Basic Economy is actually $17 more than their Main Cabin fares. I sure hope no one accidentally buys these more expensive Basic Economy fares here.

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

Bottom Line

I’m sure this is a pricing glitch, but to see a difference of $17 more for Basic Economy fare is ridiculous, and I sure hope no one is booking the Basic Economy fares here.

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  1. that happens a lot actually. Also, I’ve seen the same thing on United and on American on occasion — drastically more expensive basic economy than regular economy.

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