Full-service airlines have fewer perks than ever for travelers flying in coach. However, one thing that had remained sacred in recent years was the right to bring a carry-on suitcase and put it in the overhead bin for free.
Even this is no longer true across the board. Late last year, United Continental announced plans to introduce a new “Basic Economy Opens a New Window.” fare that doesn’t allow the purchaser to bring a full size carry-on bag. (It also doesn’t include advance seat selection.)
Last week, American Airlines followed suit. It will also introduce basic economy fares on certain routes in the coming months, and it is adopting most of the same policies as United.
American Airlines has announced its version of basic economy fares.
By Adam Levine-Weinberg