When planning your next vacation or family getaway, you may be tempted to book your tickets with low-cost airlines. This may or may not be the right choice for you. There are pros and cons for both regular and low-cost airlines, and you need to make sure to make the right decision.
The popular low-cost airlines, such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Jet2, and Wizz Air offer cheaper flights around the world. But at what cost?
Are You Saving Money With a Cheap Airlines?
The simple answer is Yes, you can save money with low-cost airlines. However, the airlines have a lot of built-in extra fees in order to offset the cheap cost of the ticket.
We’re here to show you the potential downside but also to show you ways that you can save money:
- Baggage restrictions
- Luggage dimensions
- Weight limitations
- Excess Baggage Costs
There is a better, more cost-effective way to send your bags, that can save you a lot of money so that your budget-friendly trip can really be low cost!
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If you truly would like to save money by flying on a low-cost ticket, consider sending your baggage with our Luggage Delivery Company. This is definitely a way to skip all those baggage charges and weight limitations! We guarantee quick and safe delivery of all your bags, sporting equipment or parcels.
The biggest advantage to travelling with a low-cost airline is that you get cheaper flights. This can make it possible to visit places that may have been financially outside of your budget before.
Below you will find out how low-cost airlines make money by charging you extra fees for just about everything!
Firstly, low-cost brands like EasyJet and Ryanair offer tickets for as little as they do because there are multiple restrictions, the first of which takes the form of baggage restrictions. You may only be allowed a carry on free of charge and will have to pay extra for your luggage, or sometimes you are allowed one free bag, but a very low weight allowance, and then you will get charged for excess weight.
Smaller flights with airlines like Ryanair may not allow any checked baggage or even carry on baggage aside from your personal item. The result is an easy check-in process with cheap flights for people who don’t want to bring anything with them where they are going. However, if you have to pack a bag for your trip, you will find yourself facing excess baggage costs.
Many cheaper airlines like jet2 and easyJet have a tiered system for the tickets they offer which means that when you purchase your ticket you can choose which type of seat you want. On a traditional airline, this might be something like economy class, business class, or first class, indicative of how much legroom you get and what level of service you are provided on the plane. But with low-cost brands, this refers mainly to the amount of space you get and the number of bags you can bring.
There are many size restrictions based on the type of ticket you have and your seat. A cheaper ticket might be limited to a much smaller piece of carry-on baggage or checked baggage just the same as a more expensive ticket might allow one piece of carry-on or checked baggage that is slightly bigger or weighs 10 kg more. Again, this can be an advantage for people who are travelling without any luggage to their destination but for people who have anything other than a pair of socks and a toothbrush, it means a lot of hidden excess baggage costs.
Additionally, there are weight restrictions associated with each ticket. This means that cheaper tickets have a lower weight threshold so you might only be able to pack a suitcase that weighs 10 kg whereas somebody with a more expensive ticket can pack a suitcase that weighs 20 kg. If you go over the weight limit designated by the type of cheap ticket you purchase, you will be subject to additional baggage costs for being overweight. These airlines are particularly strict about the extra cost of being overweight because that is the trade-off for a cheap ticket. When you ship your luggage, however, you will find great rates for shipping your 20 kg suitcases.
Airlines Excess Baggage Costs
Finally, you are subjected to a lot of excess baggage fees. If your ticket, for example, has no baggage allowed, even bringing a checked bag into the plane to put in the overhead bin will come at an extra cost. If your ticket has size restrictions or weight restrictions you might be subject to one or two extra baggage costs for being both bigger than your ticket allows and heavier than your ticket allows.
In effect, the cheaper airlines might seem like a better option because at face value they appear to cost you less but in the long run, they end up in many cases costing you much more because of how much more the airline charges for luggage to compensate for the cheap ticket. Using a luggage delivery company can still save you money by avoiding all of the restrictions mentioned above when travelling on a cheaper airline, affording you the opportunity to feel like a VIP, breeze through the airport with no extra luggage, and still get where you need to go with more than just a pair of socks and a toothbrush. What’s more, we will pick your items up directly from your home and deliver them to your destination with door-to-door service.