United brings in $60 first bag fee with new ‘almost’ basic economy fares to Europe

United brings in $60 first bag fee with new ‘almost’ basic economy fares to Europe

TORONTO — United Airlines says its new lowest-priced fares are the first step towards a Basic Economy product on trans-Atlantic United flights.

United introduced the new fares in select trans-Atlantic markets on June 5, in line with its Atlantic joint venture partners Air Canada and Lufthansa Group.

For passengers travelling between the Canada or the U.S. and select European countries in specific lower Economy booking classes, the new fare option will not include a complimentary first checked baggage allowance, upgrades or the ability to make changes following purchase.

Passengers purchasing this fare for travel ticketed and operated on United will be eligible for advance seat assignments, one standard carry-on bag and one personal item, and the same United Economy cabin experience and services, including dining options, WiFi for purchase and inflight entertainment.

The first bag fee does not apply to tickets purchased before June 4, 2018.

For all Atlantic joint venture carriers, the last 3 characters of the fare basis code will be -LGT, and the fare type code is ERU/EOU.

“Agencies are encouraged to speak with their GDS provider for instructions on inhibiting the display of the -LGT fares. Depending on the GDS, the fare type code ERU/EOU may be used to put an inhibit in place,” says United.

For point of origin U.S. the fare is planned for booking classes K, L and T. For point of origin E.U. and Canada the fare is planned for booking classes K, L, T, S and W.

The fee amount will be US$60 / Can$60 or the equivalent in applicable local currency, per direction.

The new fare will be offered across United’s trans-Atlantic joint venture partner airlines: Air Canada (AC), Austrian (OS), Brussels Airlines (SN), Lufthansa (LH) and SWISS (LX). United notes that although each carrier will offer a similar fare, it will be identified as Economy Light for the Lufthansa Group and Basic Economy for Air Canada. Air Canada introduced its Economy Basic fare in February 2018.

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