I think many of you have thought about an idea of decreasing your travel costs by flying with low cost airlines instead of regular ones.
However, if you are considering flying with low cost airlines here are the 8 things you should probably know:
1. The only thing included in your fare is the flight itself and 8-10 kg of hand luggage.
2. If you’re flying with your partner or friends, be ready to be seated separately.
Lifehack (which doesn’t always work, though): In case you want to sit with your partner/friend/relative but you bought tickets separately, try to check in online at the same time by literally pressing the button together from different devices. In 2 of 4 cases it worked but, well in the other two it hasn’t.
3. Be ready for delays
Many of the low-cost airlines are not the most punctual airlines in the world. Be ready for 20-50 minute delays and be ready to fix and reschedule some of your plans upon arrival.
4. Be ready that your hand luggage will be controlled and measured
Bringing a huge suitcase on board intentionally will be kind of risky. Even though the hand luggage control is a very selective procedure, if your flight is full and the staff – not so friendly, you might need to pay extra to check it in. And this extra can be a lot.
5. If you need checked in baggage, purchase is while booking the flight.
You can also do it later online. Never purchase additional baggage in the airport unless you want to pay 3 times more the regular baggage fare.
6. Never forget to print your ticket!
For some airlines you need to pay a lot if the staff at the counter has to print it for you or even more if you haven’t checked in in advance. In case you forgot to check in/print your ticket, just download the airline app from the nearest free wifi spot and avoid paying additional costs.
7. The food is very expensive on board
Don’t expect it to be cheap. It’s smart to bring your own snacks.
8. Remember, that the airports operating low-cost airlines are very often not the main airports.
Don’t expect to arrive to Heathrow with Ryanair – you’ll be stuck in Stansted instead. And sometimes the connection between the airport and the city, you’re going to, is challenging. Check that carefully in advance.
If you remember these 8 things when flying with low cost airlines, you’ll definitely be fine! Read my other article about low cost airlines reviews, it might be useful for you.
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