Delta Introduces a New Fare Basis Code Structure for Domestic Branded Products   

Travel Professionals benefit through expanded corporate incentive opportunity and an easier way to sell Delta products

(September 28, 2015) - Delta is introducing a new Fare Basis Code structure that will make its suite of branded products easier to sell, and will provide expanded corporate incentive options.

Through the introduction of new fare basis codes in select markets, travel professionals will be better able to identify specific Delta products. Additionally, through the elimination of a static ticket designator requirement for First Class Upsell and Basic Economy fares, corporate incentive opportunities will be expanded when a corporate ticket designator is applied.

The announcement represents one in a series of steps that Delta will continue to make in order to improve the way we do business with our travel partners.

New Fare Basis Code with Unique 7th Character

Beginning later this month, in select U.S. domestic and Canadian markets, Delta will implement new fare basis codes with a unique 7th character product identifier that will differentiate Delta’s branded products. Benefits of the new fare basis code structure will include:

  • Enhanced product identification as Delta offers more products in more markets

  • Improved travel agency shopping experience

  • Elimination of a static ticket designator for First Class F-Upsell and Basic Economy fares

  • Corporate ticket designators may now be applied to First Class F-Upsell and Basic Economy fares which offer a new corporate incentive opportunity for these fare products

  • New Corporate Priority and recognition benefits for First Class F-Upsell and Basic Economy fares
New ATPCO Functionality

The new Fare Basis Code structure and product benefits are made possible through new fare filing functionality from the Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO). The initiative demonstrates that Delta is listening and investing in innovation and technologies to deliver the products and services that travel professionals value most.

Implementation

Delta began introducing the new Fare Basis Code structure for domestic Main Cabin in September 2015 and will expand the new Fare Basis Code structure into Domestic First Class F-Upsell fares and Basic Economy during and following the week of October 5, 2015. Delta plans to expand the new fare basis code structure to international markets in the future.  Delta will provide additional information regarding the future expansion of the new Fare Basis Code structure into other branded products as it becomes available.

Identifying the New Fare Basis Code Structure  

The new domestic Fare Basis Code structure will make it easier for our travel partners to identify our Main Cabin, Basic Economy and First Class F-Upsell product offerings.

Fare Basis Codes are limited to a total of 8-characters and most domestic fares will typically use all 8-characters.  The 7th character of the new Fare Basis Code structure will identify the branded product as shown in the chart below.

Domestic Branded Fare Product

Identifier (7th Character) in Fare Basis

First Class F-Upsell

F

Main Cabin

M

Basic Economy

B

Below are examples of the new fare basis codes which display the new branded product 7th character identifier.

Fare Basis Code

7th Character

QAUSX3FA

F = First Class

QAUSX3MA

M = Main Cabin

QAUSX3BA

B = Basic Economy

Please Note: Fares with the new Fare Basis Code structure along with fares with the previous Fare Basis Code structure may be displayed in select markets during implementation.

Basic Economy Details and Product Overview  

Delta’s domestic Basic Economy fares will be identified via a ‘B’ in the 7th position of the Fare Basis Code, and not through the use of a static ticket designator (WNBE).  This change in filing is not expected to impact any GDS suppression processes that are currently in place.  Please note: Other agency office processes that use this ticket designator may be impacted.

Additional product details:

  • Basic Economy will continue to book into 'E' class, and will continue to use the same Fare Type Codes (ERU/EOU) as today. These may be considered for use in updating agency office processes as needed.

  • Basic Economy will now be filed as a published fare in domestic markets.
  • The fare basis code may begin with Q, K, L, U, T, X, V etc. however the booking class for Basic Economy fares will be 'E' class.

  • Behind the scenes, Basic Economy fares continue to perform a dual inventory check for both the Basic Economy 'E' class and the class of service for the fare basis code used (e.g. Q, K, L, U, T, X or V).

  • With the new ATPCO functionality, the static WNBE designator is no longer needed for domestic markets.  Please note:  Basic Economy in Latin markets will continue to use the WNBE ticket designator in the coming months.  In the future, they will also transition to the new Fare Basis Code structure.

  • Voluntary changes are not permitted.

  • Non-refundable (except due to involuntary cases, such as irregular operations.
Additional Information

Customers that purchase a Basic Economy fare will travel in Delta’s Main Cabin and experience the same superior on board experience as customers that purchase a Main Cabin fare.


Main Cabin Details and Product Overview  

Delta’s Domestic Main Cabin fares will be identified via an ‘M’ in the 7th position of the Fare Basis Code. 


First Class Details and Product Overview  

Delta’s First Class F-Upsell fares will be identified via an ‘F’ in the 7th position of the Fare Basis Code.  First Class F-Upsell fares will no longer include the use of a static ticket designator (example: WNUP).

Fare Rules

If a travel agent has a question about a new fare basis code, for any of Delta’s branded products listed in a fare display, they may view the complete fare rules in a GDS fare display for full details.

Questions

For questions regarding the new Fare Basis Code structure, please review the complete fare rule of the applicable new fare basis code, contact Delta Sales Support or your GDS Help Desk for assistance.

 
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