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If purchased on united.com you will see a warning like:


4. MileagePlus members will earn full Premier qualifying dollars, 50% Premier qualifying miles and 0.5 Premier qualifying segments for each flight, as well as lifetime miles and toward the four-segment minimum.

Link to UA's description of how these fares will work: Basic Economy.

Here are the key facts:
  • No seat assignments until check-in. Seats will be assigned by the system and cannot be changed.
    *NEW* When purchasing a Basic Economy ticket, you will not receive a complimentary seat assignment but may be able to purchase advance seat assignments during booking and up until check-in opens. If you don’t purchase an advance seat assignment, your seat will be automatically assigned to you prior to boarding, and you won't be able to change your seat once it's been assigned.
  • No guarantee of adjacent seats with companions
  • No voluntary ticket changes after 24 hour purchase period
  • Carry on limited to one personal item unless the customer is a MP Premier member, primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card, or Star Alliance *G
  • Customers ineligible for carry-on who bring one to the gate will be charged a $25 convenience fee to gate-check in addition to standard baggage fees (source: @united twitter)
  • Customers will not be eligible for Economy Plus or premium cabin upgrades. This includes all forms of upgrades (CPU,supported or purchased). Likewise for E+ access (elite or purchased).
  • Customers will board in the last boarding group (currently Group 5) unless the customer is a MP Premier member, primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card, or Star Alliance *G
  • Companions on same PNR will have same boarding group and carryon if one on the PNR has a waiver
  • No combinability with regular economy fares or partner carriers. Interline travel is not permitted.
  • Tickets will earn RDMs (based on fare and status), PQMs (50% of distance), PQSs (0.5), PQDs, in addition it will count for minimum 4 segment and lifetime miles (New as of Dec 2018)
  • Basic Economy tickets will use booking code 'N'
  • Online check-in only with paid checked bag, otherwise need to see a United representative to verify the onboard bag allowance and receive a boarding pass.
In air, passengers will receive the same standard economy inflight amenities including United Economy dining options, inflight entertainment, United Wi-Fi (availability depending on the flight)

To aviod domestic BE fares
ITA Matrix ~bc=N

Google Flights -- select 1 Carry-on bag
Originally Posted by jsloan View Post
NO UNUSED TICKET MAY BE USED TOWARD THE PURCHASE
OF A BASIC ECONOMY TICKET.
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NO RESIDUAL VALUE MAY BE USED TOWARD THE PURCHASE
OF A BASIC ECONOMY TICKET.
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Old May 28, 18, 9:41 am
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Originally Posted by tobiashenry View Post
Q: If my MileagePlus credit card qualifies for priority boarding benefits, will those benefits apply on Basic Economy tickets?
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Yes, if you are a primary cardmember of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card at the time of check-in and you provided your MileagePlus number when purchasing a Basic Economy ticket, you and travel companions on the same reservation will maintain your boarding priority and be allowed to bring a full-sized carry-on bag on board if space permits.

I'm aware of it and I am confused with the use of the word "companionS" I'd suppose usually one of my companion would get the perks; however, just not sure when I have two companions traveling with me in same PNRs

Called UA's Hong Kong hotline they weren't sure as well.
From the email confirmation of my most recent Basic Economy ticket (the flight was less than two weeks ago):
MileagePlus® Explorer Card member and one companion on the same reservation are each eligible for waiver of the service charge for the first checked bag (within specified size and weight limits). Must be a MileagePlus Explorer Card member at time of check-in, and ticket(s) must have been purchased using the Card in order to qualify. Applies only on United- and United Express-operated flights, and when baggage check-in occurs with United.
Priority boarding: Premier members, companions traveling on the same reservation and primary cardmembers of a qualifying MileagePlus credit card will still receive their priority boarding privileges. Other Basic Economy customers may be in the last boarding group.
Perhaps you are correct, the one companion limitation appears to apply only to the first checked bag fee waiver.
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Old May 29, 18, 5:39 pm
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Sorry if this is known and already posted, but the United Android app offers purchase of seat assignments for $9 or $12 (not sure why the multiple prices) on BE tickets.
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Old May 29, 18, 5:48 pm
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Originally Posted by physioprof View Post
Sorry if this is known and already posted, but the United Android app offers purchase of seat assignments for $9 or $12 (not sure why the multiple prices) on BE tickets.
The Android app has always been a good source of novel PSS bugs, like the old XN to PN "hack".
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Old May 29, 18, 5:51 pm
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Originally Posted by mduell View Post
The Android app has always been a good source of novel PSS bugs, like the old XN to PN "hack".
This did not seem like a bug, but like an intended offer to sell seat assignments to BE ticket-holders. Bought them on both outbound and return flights for two travelers.
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Old May 29, 18, 5:52 pm
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Originally Posted by physioprof View Post
This did not seem like a bug, but like an intended offer to sell seat assignments to BE ticket-holders. Bought them on both outbound and return flights for two travelers.
BE isn't supposed to be able to choose or buy seat assignments.
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Old May 29, 18, 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by mduell View Post
BE isn't supposed to be able to choose or buy seat assignments.
Then I don't know. Does United offer any fares that don't come with free seat assignments, but you can buy them for about $10 each?

EDIT: According to the BE FAQ, you may be offered to purchase seat assignments, so this is intended functionality.

https://www.united.com/web/en-US/con...onomy-faq.aspx
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Old May 29, 18, 6:07 pm
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Huh, that must be a change since the original launch.
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Old May 29, 18, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by mduell View Post
Huh, that must be a change since the original launch.
it was definitely reported somewhere that this was in the works. Not sure if unthread here, or perhaps on one of the threads with quarterly investor updates.
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Old May 30, 18, 3:30 am
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Changed a while ago. BE seat selection purchases start at $5 and up. Only regular economy seats are available for purchase, E+ seats are greyed out until check in when you may be offered one anyways.
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Old May 30, 18, 4:49 pm
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Changed a while ago. BE seat selection purchases start at $5 and up. Only regular economy seats are available for purchase, E+ seats are greyed out until check in when you may be offered one anyways.
I wonder how they decide on the pricing? Price for the RT ticket I handled was $9 on SNA-EWR and $12 on the EWR-SNA return.
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Old May 30, 18, 11:16 pm
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Originally Posted by physioprof View Post
I wonder how they decide on the pricing? Price for the RT ticket I handled was $9 on SNA-EWR and $12 on the EWR-SNA return.
The pricing is variable, just like for E+ purchases.
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Old Jun 4, 18, 1:27 pm
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1K flying in BE

Hello. Are 1K flyers traveling in BE offered the usual economy free snacks/drinks?
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Old Jun 4, 18, 3:03 pm
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Originally Posted by cagcag View Post
Hello. Are 1K flyers traveling in BE offered the usual economy free snacks/drinks?
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Pretty sure the answer is no. For all intents and purposes BE is a Kettle fare to compete with ULCCs who offer NOTHING for free other than personal item.
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Pretty sure the answer is no. For all intents and purposes BE is a Kettle fare to compete with ULCCs who offer NOTHING for free other than personal item.
Hmmm.. 1K flyers in BE receive 1K luggage allowance. No E+ availabilty and no PQM or PQD, but DO accrue award miles based on dollar spend times premiere multiplier.
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Old Jun 4, 18, 3:28 pm
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Hmmm.. 1K flyers in BE receive 1K luggage allowance. No E+ availabilty and no PQM or PQD, but DO accrue award miles based on dollar spend times premiere multiplier.
United's Basic Economy FAQ does not address this. Did not look at 1K page - maybe a question for UA's Twitter team. Do they still answer?

It's a mixed bag on what you do and don't get, but snack boxes cost UA real money and is meant to reward 1Ks. BE is to compete with ULCCs, so just don't see have one on us But of course I don't have a definitive answer as I've never flown BE.
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