United Airlines A319 ‘Basic Economy’, San Francisco-Las Vegas

This is a perfectly adequate product if you are on a budget and simply need to get from A to B. Although you cannot enjoy some of the privileges available to passengers on normal economy class tickets, the staff still treat you with the same courtesy and friendliness. All the staff and crew on this flight were friendly and helpful.

That being said, if you do have budget for a normal economy class fare, it may be worth going for this. In Basic Economy, you are almost guaranteed to be stuck in a middle seat unless the flight is very quiet. Not being able to bring a full-sized carry on means you have to check in all your bags and then waste time upon arrival waiting to collect your bag, which may be inconvenient if you have a meeting to get to. Read more