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Basic Economy

Basic Economy

Save with a Low Fare

Looking for a Delta seat for a great value, but don’t mind where you sit? Basic Economy might be the right choice for you. You’ll still enjoy the same Main Cabin experience at a lower cost, in exchange for fewer amenities on select flights, like receiving your seat assignment after check in. Explore the details to see if Basic Economy fits your needs. 

Book Your Basic Economy Trip

Get a great value on your Delta flight.

Your Choice, Your Savings

Basic Economy provides a value for solo travelers and light packers who don’t anticipate changes to their travel plans.

A Main Cabin Experience

With Basic Economy, you'll enjoy a Main Cabin seat. Find Delta’s signature service and savor complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages like Starbucks® coffee, tea, juice, sodas or water.

Plus, find Wi-Fi available for purchase on many flights and get complimentary access to in-flight messaging as well as hours of movies, shows and more on Delta Studio®.

With Some Key Differences

In Basic Economy you’ll experience:

  • Complimentary carry-on bag. Overhead bin space may be limited, so your carry-on bag may be gate checked free of charge
  • Checked bag fee applies depending on the route. Please visit our Baggage and Travel Fees page for details
  • Seat assigned after check-in
  • Ticket changes or upgrades are not allowed*

* Ticket changes or refunds not allowed after the Risk-Free Cancellation period. Basic Economy travelers are not eligible for paid or complimentary access or upgrades to premium seats, including to Delta Comfort+® or Preferred Seats.

Know the Details on Basic Economy

Not sure if Basic Economy is what you’re looking for? See the details about this unique value-driven fare offer from Delta. You can also explore the details related to purchasing a Basic Economy fare in the FAQs.


Basic Economy is a value-fare option for customers who require less flexibility. When you purchase Basic Economy, you will typically enjoy our lowest fare, but seats will be assigned after check-in and you will not be able to change or refund your ticket after the Risk Free Cancellation Period. Also, Checked bag fees will apply on all Domestic routes and select International routes.

Other Limitations

When flying in Basic Economy, you will not be eligible for: paid or complimentary upgrades; paid, complimentary or discounted Delta Comfort+®; paid or complimentary Preferred Seats; or same-day confirmed or same-day standby travel changes, regardless of status. Also, Checked bag fees will apply on all Domestic routes and select International routes. Please visit our Baggage and Travel Fees page for more details. 

Seat Assignment

Your seat will not be assigned until after you check in to your flight. If your seat number does not appear on your boarding pass, your seat will be assigned at the gate before you board and your boarding pass will list, “Seat Assigned at Gate.”

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