Basic Economy    Updated September 28, 2015

The following information and guidelines are provided to help our travel partners understand and identify Basic Economy fares.   Topics include:

Basic Economy - Overview

Basic Economy (E booking class) is Delta’s value-fare product for price-driven customers offering limited flexibility and product attributes for customers travelling on Delta-marketed and Delta-operated flights in select markets.  Customers purchasing Basic Economy will typically enjoy Delta’s lowest fares, but seats are assigned after check-in and tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable. Additionally, Basic Economy fares are not eligible for paid or complimentary First Class, Delta One™, Delta Comfort +™ or Preferred Seat upgrades.   Same-day confirmed and same-day standby travel changes are not available, regardless of Medallion® member or other elite status. To view a chart that provides information on whether to choose Basic Economy or Main Cabin, please click here

An overview of Delta’s Basic Economy fare product is provided below.


How to Identify Basic Economy Fares

Delta first announced Basic Economy fares in March of 2012 and since that time Basic Economy has been booked in “E” class. Basic Economy will continue to be booked in “E” class; however the fare basis code may indicate X, V or other classes.  The change further reflects Delta’s efforts to offer a variety of products and services that are tailored to meet the individual needs of our customers.

View complete information regarding the new Fare Basis Code structure used to identify Basic Economy fares.

Note: Agencies or corporate accounts may have previously elected to suppress or inhibit Basic Economy fares from their customer booking tools. For those that elected to do so, Delta’s updated Basic Economy product will continue to be suppressed or inhibited. Corporate customers desiring to suppress or inhibit Basic Economy Fares should contact their agency.  Agencies with questions on the latest suppression capabilities provided by a GDS should contact their GDS provider.

Other key points about Basic Economy fares include:

  • The booking code for Basic Economy fares will be “E” class; however, the fare basis code may indicate X, V or other classes.
  • The Basic Economy fare will require both ‘E’ Class and the class of service of the fare basis code to be available (dual inventory check).

  • Basic Economy fares will be identified via a "B" in the 7th position of the Fare Basis Code.

  • Basic Economy will now be filed as a published fare in domestic markets.

  • Basic Economy fares in Latin America 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.

Note: If a travel agent makes a reservation using a Basic Economy fare and ends the PNR, then decides they want to use a higher fare (not a Basic Economy fare) so that their customer can get an advance seat assignment, they must cancel the original reservation and rebook the new itinerary for the higher fare in a new PNR, prior to ticketing the original reservation.


Fare Shopping, Low Fare Finders, and GDS or Self- Booking Tools

If Basic Economy is not suppressed, when using certain self-booking tools or low-fare finder functionality that search for the lowest fares, it is important to note the following:

  • Basic Economy will likely be returned in markets with availability, as it is typically the lowest fare.
  • To shop for Delta products beyond Basic Economy that are eligible for advanced seat assignments and full Medallion benefits, travel agents should consult the GDS or self-booking tool provider to determine the most effective entries and processes.
  • Basic Economy fare rules are published and available via the GDS.
  • Interline combinations are not permitted.  Additionally, combining Basic and non-Basic Economy segments is not permitted.
  • Similar to other fares and based on competitive needs, Basic Economy fare rules may include advance purchase requirements, minimum or maximum stays, and in some cases, Saturday night stays.

  • Markets with a Basic Economy fare offering are subject to change without notice.


Voluntary Changes and Refunds

  • Basic Economy fares are not eligible to make same-day confirmed or same-day standby travel changes, regardless of Medallion or other elite status.

  • Non-refundable, except due to involuntary cases such as Irregular Operations (IROPS)


Seat Selection

  • Advance seat selection is not available for Basic Economy fares.  Basic Economy seats are assigned in Main Cabin after check-in.

  • Delta Comfort+™ and Preferred seat purchase will not be made available to Basic Economy fare



Basic Economy fares are not eligible for paid or complimentary upgrades, paid, complimentary or discounted Delta Comfort+™, paid or complimentary Preferred Seats, regardless of Medallion or other elite status.



  • Basic Economy customers will board last; access to overhead bins may be limited

  • Priority Boarding for purchase as a Trip Extra will not be offered for Basic Economy fares

  • Medallion customers, others with elite status, and Delta SkyMiles American Express credit card holders continue to enjoy their Priority Boarding benefits


Basic Economy FAQs

For additional details, or to compare seat options, please visit


Basic Economy Overview Chart


Basic Economy Fare Product

For travel on or after February 1, 2015


Advance Seat Assignments


Paid upgrade to Delta One™, First Class, Business Class, Delta Comfort+™ or Preferred seat


Complimentary upgrade to Delta One™, First Class, Business Class, Delta Comfort+™ or Preferred seat


Same Day Confirmed


Same Day Standby


Priority Boarding for purchase - Trip Extra


Priority Boarding for Medallion


Option to Upsell in MyTrips


Mileage Accrual (Includes MQMs, MQDs, MQSs)


Medallion Members

When flying on a Basic Economy fare, Medallion members will continue to enjoy waived baggage fees, Priority Check-in, Priority Boarding and Medallion mileage bonuses. However, please note Medallion members will not receive paid or Complimentary Upgrades to first class, paid or complimentary Preferred Seats, or paid, or complimentary Delta Comfort+™ when flying on a Basic Economy fare.

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Additional Key Points

  • If a GDS, agency or corporate account has elected to suppress or inhibit the Basic Economy fare from their customer booking tool, our updated Basic Economy product will be suppressed.

  • 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. To view complete details, terms and conditions of Delta’s Basic Economy product, visit


Basic Economy Market List                    

July 6, 2015

Basic Economy Markets   

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