Some people often complain about their experience with budget airlines, most of the time about “Hidden Fees”. But as a budget traveller it is important to know if they had read the fine print and were aware of the terms and conditions beforehand, they wouldn’t have run into any issue. Always it’s important to know what’s included and what’s not. Here are some facts that you want to consider before travelling with budget airlines.
- Look forward.
It’s always cheaper to book in advance when it comes to budget airlines. It can be like 3 months ahead. If you are sure with your travel dates and destination that won’t be a matter. Important: if you want to search for flights, make sure you use Incognito mode or private browsing methods because search pages keep track of your search and will increase the price within minutes.
- Baggage allowance can be lower.
Remember you have pay for everything. Keep in mind that you won’t get any baggage allowance except the amount specified in the itinerary (can be 7kg – 12kg). If you want to have extra baggage its always better to pre-book because sometimes purchasing baggage at check-in counter can be more expensive. At the same time be mindful about your baggage dimensions because budget carriers’ cabin space might be smaller (Check the airline’s website for up-to-date luggage requirements)
- In-flight food & drink are often extra.
in order to cut down costs budget airlines will NOT provide any in-flight meals with your airfare. Sometimes not even water will be provided on board. Its better to take a water bottle as flying dehydrates you fast. Some airlines will not allow you to carry water bottles because of TSA (Transportation Security Administration) protocols. To avoid this bring an empty water bottle and fill it at your Gate once you go through security. And at the same time if you are willing to buy a meal on-board, make sure have currency of your destinations as many airlines accept ONLY the currency of the destination.(Not even US$)
- The aircraft may have a more basic interior
The interior of budget planes (not the infrastructure itself) have some noticeable differences. Cushions may be firmer, seats likely much smaller, and maybe there could be advertisements on the walls, like on a bus or subway. You’ll likely not have a TV screen, so plan ahead and bring a book, some music or a movie in your tablet or phone.
- Arrive early at the airport.
In some countries, budget airlines are usually land in a separate terminal or sometimes at a separate airport which can be far from main terminal, so give yourself enough time to get to the airport. It is recommended you arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled departure. And budget airlines offer you pick-a-seat option for some bucks to pick a seat you want earlier. If you arrive at the airport early, you can save this money most probably. Check-in early and if you ask the airport crew nicely for the seat you like, they won’t hesitate to provide it if it’s possible. And make sure you have a printed copy of your air ticket with you. Airlines like Ryan Air charge an extra fee if you don’t have a printout.
- Go for offers and promotions
Almost all budget airlines have promotions and offers often. The best way to get deals is by following your favourite budget airlines on social media or signing up for their newsletter. You can make some nice savings moreover if you use promo codes in the correct time. Sometimes if you are lucky enough you can get your air ticket for free. And most budget airlines offer Flight + Hotel facility. Booking flight and the hotel together can be very cheap sometimes.(Eg: AirAsiaGo)
Budget airlines are slandered for what is so clearly apparent about them: they’re budget. For those who can live without the extras for a snippet of time, the savings are absolutely worth it. All you have to do is get yourself prepared in the correct manner.