Budget airlines are usually the best way to get cheap flights just about anywhere! By getting rid of luxuries like in-flight movies, free snacks and drinks, and economizing wherever possible, airlines like Frontier and Spirit get you where you’re going – for less!
That’s a great thing, of course. But if you’re not prepared for some of the complexities of travelling on a budget airline, things can get pretty complicated and confusing. In this article, we’ll break down 5 handy survival tips that will help you get through your flight on a budget airline!
Check In As Early As Possible
Budget airlines are ridiculously rigid about their check-in guidelines. If they require you to check in 1 or 2 hours before your flight, and you miss that deadline by even a few minutes, you’ve just missed your flight – and you’re unlikely to get a refund, either.
Pay attention to all check-in guidelines. We recommend checking in online through your chosen airline – most budget airlines allow you to check in online within 24 hours of your flight. This will help reduce your stress when you get to the airport, and ensure you’re checked-in and ready to go.
Don’t Forget To Pay For Those Extra Bags!
A budget airline will only allow you to bring a personal item and a backpack. No carry-on or checked bags are allowed, unless you pay an extra fee. But if you do need to bring more luggage, make sure to pay for your bags online.
When purchased online, checked bags and carry-ons are usually only about half the price that they would be if you purchased them at the check-in desk of your airline.
Bring A Water Bottle – And Some Snacks
Budget airlines need to make money in any way possible, so there are no free snacks, and you can’t even get free water. Prices for these items are quite high on the plane. We recommend bringing your own water bottle (just empty it out before security and refill it) and bringing a few snacks from home, or even purchasing them at the airport. Either way, it will be cheaper than buying snacks on your flight.
Be Prepared To Pay Extra For A Premium Seat
If you want an aisle seat, window seat, or to make sure you sit next to a travelling companion, you’ll have to pay extra seating fees. These are usually only $10-$15, but are still a factor when determining what airline to fly with, and where you’ll want to sit.
Understand The Details Of Your Ticket
Budget airline tickets are usually non-negotiable, non-refundable, and non-changeable. Essentially, if something goes wrong and your travel plans have to change, you can expect to get pretty much 0 help from the airline – unless the problem is due to a fault on their part.
Read the fine print of your tickets carefully – before you buy them. If you think that your plans may change, it may be worth opting for a full-service airline that will provide you with more flexibility at an added cost.
Follow These 5 Tips – Fly Budget Like A Pro!
Flying budget is no picnic – both domestically and abroad. But both budget and full-service airlines will get you where you’re going, and if you choose a budget airline, you’ll have more money to spend when you get to your destination!
So follow these quick tips to make the most out of your budget flight, and enjoy your next trip!