Update: United confirmed the basic economy fees below with me, but they note that the fees on one-way basic economy tickets will be half the round-trip price, so $49.50 and $99.50 respectively.
United also notes that they are the only airline that offers the choice between buying up from basic economy to economy and paying a fee to cancel a basic economy ticket.
Earlier this year Delta extended eCredits and ticket validity through 12/31/23.
United has now copied that move. Wholly unused tickets that were issued or will be issued between 5/1/19-12/31/22 will now be valid through 12/31/23. Travel must begin by 12/31/23.
That means if you cancelled wholly unused travel and are holding onto a future flight credit, it is now valid through 12/31/23.
Delta announced last year that they would allow passengers to pay for changes on basic economy tickets. They charge $99 for changes to flights within the US, Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America or $199 for other flights. That price point undercut JetBlue by $1, as they charge $100 for changes to flights within the US, Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America or $200 for other flights.
I did several searches on United for basic economy tickets and the fare rules on all of them now indicate that they have matched Delta’s policy. They charge $99 for changes to flights within the US, Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America or $199 for other flights.
This only applies to wholly unused basic economy tickets issued as of today.
Do you think that other airlines will match?