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8 things to know when flying with low cost airlines

posted by Liza 2nd February 2016 2 Comments
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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.

I don’t know why but many people are still very suspicious about flying with low cost airlines and tend to think that lower price comes at the expense of the safety on board. It’s not true: none of the airlines would ever risk the lives of its staff and customers and use the unforgivably old insecure airplanes.
Personally, I am flying with low cost airlines quite a lot. They are fast, cheap, not so bad at all. The main purpose of using them is getting to your final destination.
Of course, I wouldn’t fly over the Atlantic Ocean with Ryanair but the flight between Paris and Sevilla won’t do any harm to me. In case you’re looking for some reviews, you can find them here.

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.

 That means if you want something else (e.g. check in the the airport, seat allocation, checked- in baggage) you need to pay. And the prices are often not that low at all.

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2. If you’re flying with your partner or friends, be ready to be seated separately.

Unless you have booked all the tickets from one account (however, even this cannot guarantee that you will be sitting together).
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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2 Comments

Debbie 14th March 2016 at 8:00 pm

Great tips! Especially for the baggage and snacks. Those prices can really add up when you’re trying to stay within a budget!

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Liza 28th March 2016 at 4:28 pm

Thanks for your comment, Debbie 😉

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