Earlier this week I saw a post about United starting to charge for overhead bin space, and I couldn't resist the urge to do some research to verify. Turns out this is part of their new Basic Economy ticket structure that will soon be implemented (if not already in select markets). From the United hub:
Basic Economy fares include:
- Automated seat assignments will be given at check-in. Passengers will need to acknowledge when making a multi-seat purchase that seating together is not guaranteed.
- Carry-on bags are limited to one personal item, unless the customer is a MileagePlus® Premier® member, primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card, or Star Alliance™ Gold member. Passengers with disabilities will be able to carry-on mobility aids and other assistive devices.
- There will be no voluntary ticket changes except as stated in the United 24-hour flexible booking policy.
- MileagePlus program members will earn redeemable award miles; however they will not earn Premier qualifying credit (miles, segments, or dollars), no lifetime miles, and no contribution to four segment minimum.
- Customers will not be eligible for Economy Plus or premium cabin upgrades.
- Customers will board in the last boarding group (currently Group 5) unless a MileagePlus Premier member, primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card, or Star Alliance Gold member.
- Basic Economy fares can't be combined with regular economy fares or partner carriers.
What isn't changing with Basic Economy fares:
- Economy seating: Customers with Basic Economy reservations will be seated in the United Economy® cabin, which remains unchanged.
- Checked baggage: Checked baggage policies remain the same as for our regular United Economy fares, and baggage benefits for MileagePlus Premier members, and primary cardmembers of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card and Star Alliance Gold members still apply.
- Inflight options: Onboard food, beverage and entertainment options remain unchanged.
- Award miles: As a MileagePlus program member, customers will still earn redeemable award miles.