Weekly Travel Alert


Why would anyone ever purchase basic economy fares on United Airlines? –

Posted on June 27, 2017

Recently the CFO of United Airlines reported that 40% of travelers are selecting basic economy fares when buying tickets. Several months ago United Airlines started offering these lower priced tickets on a select few routes. These fares save between $30 and $40 roundtrip, however, to save that money upfront on your ticket price you almost assuredly will pay even more for all the extra fees they will charge you. Basic economy fares do not get advance seat selection or upgrades. The biggest fees you have to pay for basic economy fares is the applicable checked bag fee of $25 plus a $25 gate handling charge if you bring a full-sized carry-on on board the plane. So you do the math. You save $40 on your ticket when you buy a basic economy ticket, however, you pay $50 extra each way (total of $100) if you try to take a full-sized carry on with you on the flight. Even worse, flight changes and refunds are not allowed. Wait there is more. If you are flying with family there is no family seating. Bottom line is that this is one time that the old saying “penny wise and pound foolish” applies.

Mexico and the Caribbean offering amazing discounts for fall travel –

We are seeing some pricing as much as 60% off for travel between July and December 15, 2017 to most of Mexico and the Caribbean. Historically this is the slow season so if you are looking for some amazing prices be sure to give our friendly travel advisors a call at 402-435-8888.

Source: Weekly Travel Alert | Executive Travel

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