An Insight on Travelling Using Budget Airlines

Decades ago, huge passenger ships called ocean liners were the kings of transporting people over vast distances. But the era of ocean liners came to an end in the 50s. It all started during World War 2 when the vagaries and tactics of warfare required the development of large, long-distance aircraft, particularly four-engine bombers that can travel long distances and carry massive loads. After the war, the technology was applied to aircraft. The technology was further augmented by the invention and development of the jet engine. Then in 1953, the De Havilland Comet became the world’s first commercial jet-powered airliner. Fast commercial air travel was born.

Just like all things, the initial cost of taking flights is expensive. People had to move mountains to have the money to board an aircraft. But today, this has all changed. The advent of more efficient engines and better aircraft has lowered the cost of transoceanic flights. In addition, the influx of budget airlines entering the air transport industry has lowered the cost even lower. And that does not include perks (usually in the form of discounts, low-season fares, and frequent flyer rewards) that airlines regularly promote to encourage people to book with them.

Thus, travelling by plane has become affordable to everyone. There is no excuse now for people to be skeptical on travelling just because they have this notion that airlines are expensive.

So how do you choose a low-budget airline? Consider the following smart points.

1. Browse through an airline website at 12:01 AM. Why? Well, at this ungodly hour, airlines post their new prices. Because they need to fill seats quickly, the prices posted at this time are quite low. Also check out the rates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These are the days when airlines usually announce sales.

2. Book early, perhaps a few weeks ahead. Remember that airline prices go up as the departure date draws closer. However, don’t dismiss near-departure dates. A day or two before the flight, many airlines lower down their prices to fill the flight’s seats.

3. Book a flight during weekdays. Weekday prices are lower than on weekends and holidays. In connection with this, you should also consider booking a flight during off-season. In general, flights cost less during off-season as airlines struggle to fill up seats in their aircraft.

4. You can find cheaper rates if you choose the “flexible dates” option in a website. This allows you to choose from all prices on all airlines between your place of origin and destination.

Okay, let us say you have booked a cheap flight on a travel website. Now, you need to expect the following:

1. Budget carriers usually have strict rules on luggage. Thus, it is advisable that you pack lightly. Extra luggage can cost you money.

2. Budget carriers often charge extra for food and have limited in-flight menus. Therefore, if you’re picky on food or if you require a specific diet for health reasons, then budget airlines may not be a good choice.

3. Budget airline seats can get filled quite quickly; in some cases, less than an hour after it has been announced. So you need to be vigilant on promos.

4. Make sure you check the figures; the rate may not be as cheap as it seems. Take note that they may be taxes, terminal fees, and other charges added to the price.

Take a trip now with budget airlines!