New Economy fare coming from UA

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Those are significant limitations (only one small item, no FF points, boarding last, etc,), so UA is going to have to price it well below regular economy fares to attract savvy travelers. I doubt UA's regular customers will go for it in measurable numbers.
 

Neil Maley

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Lets get ready for the complaints.
"My family of 16 couldn't be dealing ed together"

"I didn't get to pick my seats"

"I couldn't bring my coat, carryins and 3 personal items"

"They wouldn't let me make any changes"

At least we are forewarned and can direct them,lol.
 
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Lets get ready for the complaints.
"My family of 16 couldn't be dealing ed together"

"I didn't get to pick my seats"

"I couldn't bring my coat, carryins and 3 personal items"

"They wouldn't let me make any changes"

At least we are forewarned and can direct them,lol.
A few more:

"They made me sit on the wing"

"Standing room only"

"I had to get out and push"
 
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kenish

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Airlines are also adding true Premium Economy sections (not just Econ with more legroom). United was the first to blink on ultra-low fares; expect the other legacy carriers to follow.
 

jsn55

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Doesn't Delta already do this with their basic fare?
Pretty sure that Delta started this quite some time ago. We haven't had any posts about it, so hopefully they're making it crystal clear on the website and people will know exactly what they're booking.
 
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How people will game this system:
1. Arrive in a wheelchair, which will board first. Or, utlilze "special needs" boarding, since there's no oversight on that.

2. Bring a "medical" or "infant care" carryon that is too big. Remember, these are "exempt" from carry-on baggage rules.

3. Sit in a seat they aren't assigned and then refuse to move when the rightful owner shows up.

UA is just looking for a mess with this.
 
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jsn55

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How people will game this system:
1. Arrive in a wheelchair, which will board first. Or, utlilze "special needs" boarding, since there's no oversight on that.

2. Bring a "medical" or "infant care" carryon that is too big. Remember, these are "exempt" from carry-on baggage rules.

3. Sit in a seat they aren't assigned and then refuse to move when the rightful owner shows up.

UA is just looking for a mess with this.
I agree, but UA management doesn't care, the gate agents and flight attendants will have to deal with most of it. I don't know how front-line airline employees manage to do their jobs without going crazy.
 

jsn55

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I just read yet another post by a traveller who 'did not understand he was buying a non-refundable ticket'. If people can't even grasp THAT these days, what are they going to do with 'basic economy'? Scream, that's what. And WE ARE HERE!
 

Neil Maley

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There is a lid for every garbage can and there will probably be plenty of folks that travel with no carryons and don't care where they sit that this would fit.

They had better clearly explain it on their website. Can't wait to see what the OTAs do about disclosure. Who wants to bet when we see the first complaint?
 
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How people will game this system:
1. Arrive in a wheelchair, which will board first. Or, utlilze "special needs" boarding, since there's no oversight on that.

2. Bring a "medical" or "infant care" carryon that is too big. Remember, these are "exempt" from carry-on baggage rules.

3. Sit in a seat they aren't assigned and then refuse to move when the rightful owner shows up.

UA is just looking for a mess with this.
Let's not forget the emotional support pony.
 

Patina

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How are they going to stop someone from using the overhead bin? Perhaps they'll have to employ very large and menacing flight attendants.
I wondered the same thing! Although, boarding at the end probably solves that problem as all the spaces will be full.