Budget airlines have made air travel even more accessible and have opened up new routes across the world. No-frills means no frills. Get over it. Complaining about the service on a low cost airline is like booking a bed in a hostel and expecting 5 star hotel treatment.
Recently I’ve read a blog post complaining about Ryanair and how the author will never stoop so low as to travel with them again. On Facebook one woman’s complaint about having to pay 60 Euros for each member of the family because she failed to print out the boarding passes got thousands of “Likes”. When checking in online the website clearly tells you to print out the boarding passes. Why would you not do this? How did she expect to board the plane?
As far as I’m concerned you get what you pay for. I used to work for a scheduled airline and the cheaper the ticket the less flexible it is and the higher the charges are to make amendments. If you want to pay top wack for a fully-flex ticket be my guest. If you want to pay £20 for a flight to Spain read all the T & Cs before booking and don’t expect to be able to make any changes to the ticket without paying through the nose. How else do you think the airlines make their money?
Yes, Ryanair reels you in with fabulously cheap tickets, which once you’ve added on all the additional charges are not quite so cheap but they are still very competitively priced. All other airlines charge for the same things that Ryanair charges you for but they just don’t tell you. It’s all included in the price of the ticket.
Budget airlines fly to smaller, regional airports and make travel within Europe easier. My parents live in the middle of rural Brittany. I can either make the 8 hour drive from Calais, spend 7 hours on the train or take a 1 hour flight from Stansted to Dinard, just 1.5 hour drive from their house. Ryanair flies to Dinard, Flybe to Brest and EasyJet to Nantes: all these airports are less than 2.5 hours from their house. Flag carriers like BA and Air France only go into Paris, not exactly convenient. That’s like flying in to LAX when you’re going to Vegas.
Budget airlines are perfect for those people travelling on a tight budget. Just know what to expect and you won’t be disappointed.
Many canny travellers are using budget airlines to explore new destinations and make their most of their annual leave. To really take advantage of the low fares you need to go hand-luggage only. Checking luggage into the hold makes your ticket significantly more expensive. You can fly to Dublin with Ryanair for less than £40 but it you want to check a 15kg bag in each way it’s going to bump that up to £70. Not quite such a budget flight after all.
To avoid these charges many people are choosing not to check luggage at all and are making the most of their hand luggage allowance. I for one will be travelling with just a cabin bag when I next visit my parents. Google ‘hand luggage packing’ and you’re rewarded with a myriad posts on how you can pack for a week or more’s holiday with just hand luggage. One of my favourite blogs for packing tips is Travel Fashion Girl. Alex’s ultimate packing lists help you to create the perfect capsule wardrobe.
The best bit about only taking hand luggage? The need to go out and buy a new case! I LOVE luggage 🙂
What do you think about budget airlines?