Basic Economy

United Vacations® is happy to introduce a new fare option when flying with United Airlines® — Basic Economy. Available on select routes and in addition to standard United Economy® fares, it was created with customers in mind who may be more price-sensitive but still want a wonderful vacation. These lower-priced fares provide most of the same inflight services and amenities that are available with standard Economy, such as food and beverages, United Wi-FiSM and inflight entertainment, but with some important restrictions that you'll want to be sure to review carefully before booking.

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Must select age at time of travel (each child under 18)
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Restrictions include:

  • Seat selection and upgrades are not available

    When you choose a Basic Economy ticket, your seat will be automatically assigned prior to boarding and you won't be able to change your seat once it's been assigned. You will not be eligible to purchase Economy Plus® seating or receive Economy Plus subscription benefits. MileagePlus members, including Premier® members, cannot use complimentary, earned or mileage upgrades.

  • Flight changes and refunds

    Flight changes and refunds are not allowed. This includes advanced changes and same-day changes, even for MileagePlus Premier members. If purchasing vacation protection, cancellations are allowed when meeting applicable requirements.

  • United Vacation Policies & Travel Protection

    Deposit Policy: Full payment of the air portion of the vacation is due at time of booking.

    Vacation Protection: Standard Vacation Protection and Standard Vacation Protection with Cancel for Any Reason are the available travel protection program offered for Basic Economy Fares.

  • Full-sized carry-on bags are not permitted

    You're not allowed a full-sized carry-on bag unless you're a MileagePlus Premier member or companion traveling on the same reservation, the primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card or a Star Alliance™ Gold member. Everyone else who brings a full-sized carry-on bag to the gate will be required to check their bag and pay the applicable checked bag fee plus a $25 gate handling charge.

  • One personal item is allowed

    You are limited to only one small personal item that fits under the seat in front of you, such as a shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other item that is 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm) or less. Mobility aids and other assistive devices are also permitted.

  • Last boarding group

    With Basic Economy, you'll also be in the last boarding group unless you're a MileagePlus Premier member or companion traveling on the same reservation, the primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card or a Star Alliance Gold member.

  • Checked baggage policies

    Basic Economy fares have the same checked baggage policies as standard Economy tickets. You can still check your bags and pay the applicable service charge in the airport lobby when you're picking up your boarding pass.

  • MileagePlus and Premier member details

    If you're a MileagePlus member, you will still earn award miles based on the fare and your MileagePlus status.

    However, MileagePlus members, including Premier members, will not earn:

    • Premier qualifying dollars (PQD)
    • Premier qualifying miles (PQM)
    • Premier qualifying segments (PQS)
    • Lifetime miles
    • Toward the four-segment minimum

    MileagePlus members, including Premier members, will not receive:

    • Complimentary Economy Plus seating
    • Paid upgrades
    • Mileage upgrades
    • Complimentary Premier Upgrades
    • Regional Premier Upgrades
    • Global Premier Upgrades

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    Have more questions? Make sure to check out the Basic Economy FAQ page for answers before you book.

Please confirm that Basic Economy fits your travel

Features and options
Basic Economy (most restricted)
Economy
Choose, change or upgrade seats

With Basic Economy Seats are assigned prior to boarding, and customers traveling together, including families, will not be able to sit together. You will also not be eligible to purchase Economy Plus seating or premium cabin upgrades, or receive Economy Plus subscription benefits. With standard Economy, customers traveling together can choose seats together if open seats are available.

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Sit with your group or family

With Basic Economy Seats are assigned prior to boarding, and customers traveling together, including families, will not be able to sit together. You will also not be eligible to purchase Economy Plus seating or premium cabin upgrades, or receive Economy Plus subscription benefits. With standard Economy, customers traveling together can choose seats together if open seats are available.

not eligible not excluded, but fees may apply
Travel with a full-sized carry-on bag

With Basic Economy You're allowed a small personal item that fits under the seat in front of you, such as a shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other small item, 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm) or less. Mobility aids and other assistive devices are also permitted. You're not allowed a full-sized carry-on bag unless you’re a MileagePlus Premier member, primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card or Star Alliance™ Gold member. If you bring a full-sized carry-on bag to the gate, your bag will be subject to the applicable checked bag fee plus a $25 gate handling charge.

not eligible not excluded, but fees may apply
Change your flight

With Basic Economy Ticket changes are not allowed. This includes advanced changes and same-day changes, even for Premier members. Fares are nonrefundable.

not eligible not excluded, but fees may apply
Earn Premier® qualifying credit and lifetime miles
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Footnotes

With Basic Economy:

1 Seats are assigned prior to boarding. You will not be eligible to purchase Economy Plus seating or premium cabin upgrades, or receive Economy Plus subscription benefits. With standard Economy, customers traveling together can choose seats together if open seats are available.

2 Bags should be checked before airport security for the applicable fee (starting at $25). Bags brought to the gate incur an additional $25 gate handling charge (total starting at $50). MileagePlus® Premier members, primary cardmembers of qualifying MileagePlus credit cards, and Star Alliance™ Gold members may bring on board a full-sized carry-on bag at no charge. All travelers are allowed a small personal item that fits under the seat in front of them, such as a shoulder bag, purse, laptop bag or other small item, 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm) or less. Mobility aids and other assistive devices are also permitted.

3 Ticket changes are not allowed. This includes advanced changes and same-day changes, even for Premier members. Fares are nonrefundable.