Here’s a summary of the deprivations that United’s basic economy passengers will experience:
- No overhead bin space for you. Passengers can bring a briefcase or small personal item, but it must fit under the seat in front of them. The bins are going to be saved “for our economy passengers, who value that and who are willing to pay for it,” said United’s chief commercial officer Julia Haywood.
- No upgrades. Passengers cannot upgrade to United’s Economy Plus or first class.
- Board last. Boarding group 5 it is—though perhaps that doesn’t matter if you can’t compete with others for overhead bin space anyhow. United says this will smooth the boarding process.