Thinking about booking a cheap flight on a budget airline? Flying on a low-cost carrier such as Frontier or EasyJet is a fantastic way to save quite a bit of money. But if this is your first time flying budget, you may not quite know what to expect.
In this post, we’ll discuss the top 5 things that you won’t find on budget airlines, so that you’ll be prepared for your first flight!
First Class, Business, or “Extended Legroom” Seating
Think of budget airlines as “air buses”. Their entire business model relies on packing as many people as they can into a plane – while still making them somewhat comfortable.
This means that the vast majority of budget airlines offer no special first class, business, or “extended legroom” seating options. Nobody is flying on a budget airline to experience luxury – and these seating options take up much more room, and require more amenities from in-flight personnel.
Today, even many domestic flights from full-service air travel carriers include some kind of in-flight entertainment. On a flight with United, for example, you may get complimentary Wi-Fi and access to a library of movies on your phone, or an entertainment console located in the headrest in front of you.
You won’t get these amenities in a budget airline, so plan ahead – download music and movies onto your phone, or bring a book.
Budget airlines do not offer any kind of free refreshment – not even water. You’ll have to fork over a few bucks for that packet of airline peanuts and that glass of Pepsi.
This is why bringing a snack purchased at the airport along with a refillable bottle of water is a great idea. You’ll save a bit of money, and still be able to snack on a longer 3 or 4 hour flight.
This is mostly a concern for families. Don’t expect a comfortable experience if you need to take a small child to the bathroom, or change a diaper. The bathrooms in budget jets are very small, and can often hold only 1 adult comfortably. Be prepared to jam in!
Free Carry-Ons or Checked Bags
Only your personal item is free – meaning a smaller backpack or a large handbag. All non-budget carriers offer free carry-ons, and most offer at least 1 free checked bag for international flights.
But you’ll have to pay extra to check or carry-on a bag with a budget airline. So pack light if you can, and fit all of your stuff into a single personal bag. If you’re travelling with a family or multiple people and need more luggage space, try to share a single checked bag or carry-on to save on costs.
Know What You’re Getting Into – Before Booking A Budget Flight!
Budget flights are cheaper for a reason – they’re light on amenities, and don’t offer the most luxurious travel experience. But that just means more money in your pocket once you get to your destination. So understand what to expect when booking cheap flights, and you’ll be prepared for the travel experience!