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November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Delta expands bare-bones ticket option
Delta is expanding a new variety of stripped-down, bare-bones fares.  The “basic economy” fare gets you a confirmed seat on the plane, but does not allow you to pick the seat in advance and does not allow any flight changes, even if you’re willing to pay a change fee. You may also end up literally at the back of the line, as the last to board the plane.  Airline consultant Jay Sorensen says Delta’s goal is “to stop Spirit Airlines or any other startup” from moving in on Delta markets. “We’re entering an era in which startups will begin to occur again,” due to low fuel costs and airline consolidation, he said.

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