Basic Economy fares are now available for purchase, for first travel on April 18, 2017.

Today, fares are available in select U.S. domestic markets. In the coming months, United will expand Basic Economy availability into additional markets, including short haul Latin America markets. 

Five things to remember about Basic Economy  

Identifying Basic Economy fares
Basic Economy fares will always have the 7th character of the fare basis code as “B” for Basic Economy or “E” for standard United Economy. The booking code “N” will not match the first character of the fare basis code.

Know the fare restrictions and travel experience
Basic Economy fares have important restrictions on seat selection, upgrades, carry-on baggage allowances, and more. Review the Basic Economy travel experience.
Restriction of fares must be disclosed to traveler 
Similar to baggage fees and codeshare operations, it is the responsibility of the travel agent or ticket provider to properly disclose the conditions of a Basic Economy fare to the traveler, per United's Booking and Ticketing Policy. This policy is updated to reflect the conditions and restrictions of Basic Economy fares.

Self-service agency rebooking options
United's agency rebooking parameters reflect the restrictions of Basic Economy and how the fares can be handled if impacted by irregular operations or unacceptable schedule changes.
Help and resources are available
There are several resources available for travel agents, corporate customers and travelers to learn more about Basic Economy fares.  
Need more information?
Visit the Basic Economy page on or email us at

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