Guide to the New ‘Basic Economy’ Airfares

The price difference between basic economy and regular economy may not be worth the perks you surrender. On some airlines, you’re not allowed to place a bag in the overhead bins (your carry-on must fit under the seat in front of you); and you can’t choose a seat in advance so you’re stuck with whatever is available. But there are other restrictions and rules to note including subtle differences between airlines (for example, Delta customers earn full frequent-flier accruals and can use overhead bin space, but not those on American and United). For rules and restrictions by airline, click here.