iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — United Airlines is looking to compete with low-cost airlines like Spirit by offering a “basic economy” class.
With this option, travelers will get less leg room and no access to overhead bins. Instead, they’ll be allowed only what they can fit under their seats.
And speaking of seats, customers who choose “basic economy” won’t be able to pick one for themselves; it will be up to United to find one for you.
United also is looking at a “premium economy” class that will go the opposite way, offering roomier seats and other perks.
The plan is to start rolling out both options in January.
“This is about customer choice, and the airline industry has historically been far behind in customer choice,” United Chief Commercial Officer Julia Haywood said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg.
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