I am excited about my upcoming trip to Hawaii. The last time I visited was over six years ago so this trip is long overdue. While I am sure my mom and I will have a great time in the Aloha state, the flights to Hawaii may leave something to be desired. Why? Because I had the “smart” idea to book us into Delta Airlines’ Basic Economy for all segments of our itinerary.
Basic Economy is bare bones. There is not much offered by airlines when customers book Basic Economy tickets. Here is the list of what is offered in Delta’s Basic Economy, or not:
- One complimentary carry on bag. If the overhead bins are full, the bag could be checked at the gate.
- Able to check a bag for a fee.
- Seats are assigned at check in. Check in for Delta, just like other airlines, is 24 hours prior to departure. If the seat is not on the boarding pass, it will be assigned at the gate.
- Ticket changes and upgrades are not allowed. Basic Economy travelers are not eligible for paid or complimentary access or upgrades to premium seats. There is no paid access to Priority Boarding.
The airline counters the Basic Economy limitations by providing travelers with the following items:
- Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Wifi is available for purchase.
- Complimentary access to inflight messaging, such as iMessage, is available.
Delta does offer military benefits to active duty travelers. The benefits include the following:
- Complimentary checked bags.
- Delta Sky Club access.
- Complimentary upgrades.
- Priority Boarding.
Well, it seems like I am very opposite end of Delta’s ticketing. On the one hand, I purchased the Basic Economy fare through Expedia as part of the bigger itinerary. On the other hand, I am active duty military so the benefits should apply.
One thing I know to be true is that we are going to have a blast during our trip to Oahu. The only thing that remains in the air (pun intended) is if we will drink Mai Tais because of a crappy travel day or to celebrate our first vacation together. Aloha.