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Old Dec 3, 18, 10:28 am
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Starting December 11, the LGT fares will be more restrictive and will be rebranded as Basic Economy.
What is the difference between domestic/short haul international Basic Economy and trans-Atlantic Basic Economy?

Trans-Atlantic Basic Economy is similar to domestic and short haul international Basic Economy product, but with some differences:
• Customers will be allowed one full-sized carry-on bag and one personal item on board, and will be able to check a first bag for an additional fee
• Customers will be able to check-in online and via the United mobile app
• Customers will not necessarily board in the last boarding group
•Seat assignments will be provided at check-in, or at the gate and available before check-in for purchase at

Basic Economy has some important restrictions compared to a standard United Economy ticket:
• Does not include a free baggage allowance for checked baggage.
• Non-refundable and non-changeable except as stated in the United 24-hour flexible booking policy.
• Cannot be combined with any other fare type.
• Not eligible for upgrades to a premium cabin (complimentary, purchased or instrument) , to United Premium Plus, or to United Economy Plus.
• Advance seat assignments are not permitted for free but may be purchased at
• Full accrual for Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQD), 50% accrual for Premier Qualifying Miles (PQM) and 0.5 accrual for Premier Qualifying Segments (PQS) Customers purchasing this fare for travel ticketed and operated on United will be eligible for one fullsize carry-on bag and one personal item on board, and the same United Economy cabin experience and services, including dining options, Wi-Fi for purchase and inflight entertainment.

Are there any exemptions from the first bag fee?
The following customers are exempt from the fee when checking in with United and traveling on United or United Express for the first segment of a trans-Atlantic itinerary:
• MileagePlus Premier members
• Chase MileagePlus card holders
• Members of the U.S. military
• Star Alliance Gold members
• Groups are not eligible for the new fare option.
Star Alliance Gold customers originating on Lufthansa are eligible for a complimentary first checked bag on Lufthansa flights, but must check-in with LH at the airport and show their Star Gold credentials to qualify for the fee exemption (emphasis added)
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