Oh Delta. Do you really want to lower yourself to SPIRIT AIR standards? I mean we already know what the BASIC stands for (see helpful hint above).
We know even a Delta Diamond Medallion Million Miler will be treated like dirt if they pick this evil fare class.
Just how bad will it be? As you can see from the updated wording on Delta (HT to Twitter follower Trent) you have to click an accept button that:
Do you want to continue with your selection?
You selected a Basic Economy fare, which includes the following restrictions:
- Last to board and last to access overhead bin space except Medallion® members and other Priority Boarding eligible customers
- Other restrictions apply to all customers including but not limited to Medallion® members and SkyTeam® elites
- No seat assignment until check-in
- No refunds
- No ticket changes
- No paid or complimentary upgrades to Delta One™, First Class, Business Class, Delta Comfort+™ or Preferred Seats
- No Priority Boarding for purchase
- No same-day confirmed or same-day standby travel changes
- No life vest under seat* (*OK I made that one up) 😉
WoW! That is quite a list of “gotchas” for this super-duper el’Cheap’O fare class. No thanks. I am not willing to save $10 to $20 on a round trip ticket and “enjoy” all that. Would you?
So let this be a warning because as of February 25th this year you could see these BASIC fares in:
Between Atlanta (ATL) and: Albany (ALB),Albuquerque (ABQ), Allentown (ABE), Akron (CAK), Austin (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Baton Rouge (BTR), Birmingham (BHM), Bloomington (BMI), Buffalo (BUF), Cedar Rapids (CID), Charleston (CRW), Charleston (CHS), Charlottesville (CHO), Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), Colorado Springs (COS), Columbus (CMH), Dayton (DAY), Daytona Beach (DAB), Detroit (DTW), El Paso (ELP), Fayetteville (FAY), Flint (FNT), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Fort Walton Beach (VPS), Gainesville (GNV), Greensboro (GSO), Gulfport (GPT), Harrisburg (MDT), Hartford (BDL), Indianapolis (IND), Jackson (JAN), Jacksonville (JAX), Kansas City (MCI), Key West (EYW), Lafayette (LFT), Las Vegas (LAS), Lexington (LEX), Managua, Nicaragua (MGA), Melbourne (MLB), Memphis (MEM), Mobile(MOB), Moline (MLI), Myrtle Beach (MYR), New Orleans (MSY), Newport News (PHF), Norfolk (ORF), Oklahoma City (OKC), Omaha (OMA), Orange County (SNA), Orlando (MCO), Panama City, FL (ECP), Pensacola (PNS), Peoria (PIA), Pittsburgh (PIT), Providence (PVD),Raleigh-Durham (RDU), Richmond (RIC), Roanoke (ROA), Rochester (ROC), Savannah (SAV) San Antonio (SAT), San Diego (SAN), Sarasota (SRQ), Shreveport (SHV), South Bend (SBN), Springfield (SGF), St. Louis (STL), Tallahassee (TLH), Tampa (TPA), Tuscon (TUS), Washington-Reagan National (DCA), West Palm Beach (PBI), White Plains (HPN), Wilmington (ILM).
Between Detroit (DTW) and: Albany (ALB), Cancun, Mexico (CUN), Des Moines (DSM), Erie (ERI), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Ft. Myers (RSW), Harrisburg (MDT), Kalamazoo (AZO), Kansas City (MCI), Las Vegas (LAS), Madison, (MSN), Manchester (MHT), Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP), New Orleans (MSY), Norfolk (ORF), Orlando (MCO), Providence (PVD), South Bend (SBN), Syracuse (SYR), Tampa (TPA), White Plains (HPN).
Between New York-LaGuardia (LGA) and: Buffalo (BUF), Burlington (BTV), Charleston (CHS), Manchester (MHT), Portland (PWM), Rochester (ROC), Syracuse (SYR).
Between New York-JFK and: Richmond (RIC)
Between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and: Austin (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Billings (BIL), Bismark (BIS), Boston (BOS), Bozeman (BZN), Cancun, Mexico (CUN), Cleveland (CLE),Dayton (DAY), Detroit (DTW), Duluth (DLH), Fargo (FAR), Flint (FNT), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Ft. Myers (RSW), Grand Rapids (GRR), Lansing (LAN), Las Vegas (LAS), Melbourne, (MLB), Minot (MOT), Oklahoma City (OKC), Orange County (SNA), Orlando (MCO), Portland (PDX), Puerto Vallarta (PVR), Rapid City (RAP), San Antonio (SAT), San Diego (SAN), St. Louis (STL), Tampa (TPA).
Between Salt Lake City (SLC) and: Albuquerque (ABQ), Austin (AUS), Billings (BIL), Colorado Springs (COS), Fresno (FAT), Kansas City (MCI) Oklahoma City (OKC), Ontario (ONT), Orange County (SNA), Palm Springs (PSP), Pasco (PSC), Reno (RNO), Sacramento (SMF), San Antonio (SAT) , Spokane (GEG), Tucson (TUS), Tulsa (TUL), St. Louis (STL),
Between Cincinnati (CVG) and: Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
Phew that is quite a list. I am sure some will go for this cheap fare but I also think a great many have not realized just how bad this fare class is and thus this new warning. Also be aware Delta is trying to warn travel agents and others who do bookings just what a flyer will have to put up with as I can imagine there were some medallions angrily calling their company’s booking service when they experience the joys of this fare class.
One small workaround is to hold the Delta AMEX cards from American Express as Delta Assist assures us that since you are a “Priority Boarding eligible customer” when you do hold the card as:
I assume they also mean the Delta Platinum and Reserve cards as they carry the same ZONE 1 boarding perk but fellow flyers, pay attention, you have been warned! I will be paying attention. Will you? – René