- All premium economy tickets now include 2 bags, up from 1 in markets like Alaska and Hawaii.
- All long-haul tickets now include 1 bag, down from 2 to Asia and Oceania.
- Basic economy tickets are now being sold to Asia, India, Israel, and Oceania and those include a free carry-on and checked bag as with standard economy tickets.
The biggest news there that DansDeals readers will care about is the introduction of a basic economy fare to Israel.
Up until this point, carriers have avoided selling basic economy tickets from NYC to Tel Aviv as none of them wanted to be known as the airline that introduced that fare type in that market.
But American is new to the JFK-Tel Aviv market and they are going there:
Basic economy tickets tickets purchased by 3/31 include free changes, though after that waiver ends tickets won’t be changeable.
Basic economy tickets don’t include free seat assignments unless you have elite status. American’s basic economy fare now allows for elite members to select extra legroom seats and for them to use upgrade certificates, so it’s a lot less punitive than their competitor’s basic economy fares.
American’s basic economy tickets earn regular award miles, but they don’t earn EQMs, EQSs or EQDs to qualify for elite status.
American hasn’t actually dropped their fare in the market, they just increased their standard economy fare.
For now, Delta and United offer standard economy at the same price that American charges for basic economy. El Al’s pricing for next January is oddly uncompetitive:
Will Delta, El Al, or United match? Or is the market competitive enough that they will leave AA high, dry, and forced to retreat? Or will one airline (El Al?) capitalize on the situation and advertise not having basic economy fares in the market, as a competitive advantage?