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Old Dec 16, 16, 12:47 pm
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Hi all,

I haven't yet seen any report of this yet, but United released some guidance to travel agents. Here are the interesting bits:

- At the launch of Basic Economy, branded fares will not be filed to all markets and applicable markets are subject to change.

- Basic Economy fares will be filed in booking class (RBD) “N” and at a range of levels, each one linked with a corresponding non‐Basic Economy fare with a Y‐/B‐/M‐/E‐/U‐/H‐/Q‐/V‐/W‐/S‐/T‐/L‐/K‐/G‐ fare basis code, depending on the market.

- Fares include an availability check, so for example, if the lowest RBD bucket “G‐“ sells out, the available Basic Economy fare will move up to “K‐“ level, and so on.
They also say that the Basic Economy fare basis will end in -BN, and will have an endorsement of "NONREF/NOCHGS/NOCBBG/NOASR"

So, they'll book into N, but it will also check the availability of a corresponding non-Basic Economy fare, which enables some form of fare differential pricing. Basically it sounds like they are going to work in a similar way to how the -UP fares work for premium cabin fares.
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