United Airlines offers new Basic Economy fare for Twin Cities travel

Customers purchasing tickets for travel between Minneapolis/St. Paul and any of United Airline´s seven US hubs (Chicago O´Hare, Denver, Houston Bush International, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles) now have an additional fare option to choose from — Basic Economy, the airline said.

Intended to be United´s lowest fare, Basic Economy fares provide most of the same inflight services and amenities that are available with standard Economy, with a few important restrictions.

Customers choosing to purchase a Basic Economy fare will be seated in the main United Economy cabin. Seat assignments will be automatically assigned prior to boarding, carry-on bags will be limited to one personal item, no voluntary ticket changes will be allowed, and other restrictions apply.

To ensure a smooth rollout, Basic Economy fares will first be offered in just one market, Minneapolis, to and from domestic hubs before expanding to the rest of the US, Caribbean and short-haul Latin America.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. The airline operates 737 mainline aircraft and its United Express partners operate 483 regional aircraft, and is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines.