Flying on a budget airline like Frontier or Allegiant is a great way to save money, and get cheap flights to just about anywhere.
Flights on budget airlines are almost always cheaper than flights on “full-service” airlines like Delta, United, or American Airlines.
Still, there are some sacrifices you have to make to use budget airlines. In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of budget airlines. Let’s get started!
Budget Airlines May Be Right For You If…
- You Tend To Pack Light – Most budget airlines only allow you to bring a personal item on for free, such as a backpack. If you want to bring a carry-on or a checked bag, you’ll have to pay additional fees.This is in contrast to full-service airlines, which allow you to bring a carry-on for no additional cost. If you are bringing multiple carry-ons or checked bags, a budget airline may actually be more expensive than a full-service airline.
In addition, most budget airlines require you to purchase carry-ons and checked bags online before your flight. If you forget to do so, you’ll have to purchase them at the gate for a higher fee. Frontier, for example, allows you to book a carry-on online for $35, but purchasing it at the gate will cost you $70.
If, however, you can pack light for a short trip, you can save quite a bit of money by taking a budget airline.
- You Don’t Mind Layovers – Most budget airlines do offer direct, “point-to-point” flights. However, you can usually find a better deal if you’re willing to deal with a long layover. If you don’t mind layovers, a budget airline is a good choice.
- You Don’t Care About Frills And Extras – With budget airlines, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Literally. You’ll have to pay for snacks, water, and everything else during your trip.With a little preparation – such as buying a snack and a drink at the airport shops – this is not a big deal. However, if you like traveling in a more luxurious style, you probably won’t enjoy flying a budget airline.
You will likely also have to pay more for a budget airline if you want to specify your seating arrangements, so budget airlines may not be right for you if you are traveling with kids, or otherwise require a specific seating arrangement.
- You Can Deal With Discomfort – Budget airlines have stiffer seats than full-service airlines, less legroom, and seats typically don’t recline. Seats are also typically quite a bit smaller, and you will not get in-flight features like media screens or WiFi.If you can deal with being a bit uncomfortable in exchange for a much cheaper flight, budget airlines may be right for you.
Budget Airlines – Are They Worth It?
Budget airlines are cheap for a reason. You don’t get any extras, and your trip will likely not be a luxurious, pleasant experience. However, if you can put up with these above things for the sake of a cheaper ticket, a budget airline may be the right choice for you.