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Delta Now Punishing Frequent Flyers: Starting to Book Some Award Tickets Into Basic Economy - View from the Wing

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Delta Now Punishing Frequent Flyers: Starting to Book Some Award Tickets Into Basic Economy - View from the Wing
Basic economy tickets aren't a 'new way to offer cheaper fares'. They are new restrictions on the cheapest fares, a way of making the product worse so that some passengers will pay more. Now that United, Delta, and American all offer Basic Economy fares (no advance seat assignment, no cancel/changes, no upgrades or extra legroom seats, and in United’s case no full-sized carry on bag) it's only been a matter of time before one of the carriers tried booking award tickets into Basic Economy. I admit to being surprised that it's happened so quickly, since it's not in the best...
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