They lure you in with dirt-cheap prices. Then when you’re hooked, they slap you with hidden fees. Flying with budget airlines can end up being quite pricey if you don’t know how to maneuver yourself through the fees and restrictions.
How bad can these fees be?
Let’s say RyanAir is having sale and advertises a ticket from London to Dublin at £19.99. Great price! You buy it without getting any add-ons and congratulate yourself for having scored such a great deal. On the day of the flight, you check in online and smugly take the cab to the airport.
At the airport, you realize that RyanAir’s cabin bag dimensions are slightly smaller than other airlines’. You have to check in that small bag (£50 for one bag under 15 kg in high season).
Also, it’s raining outside and the boarding pass you pre-printed at home is smudged. You have to pay a reprint fee (£15).
Your flight ends up costing you £84.99 — 325% more than it was originally!
You tell yourself it could’ve been worse — you could’ve forgotten to check in online (£70) or misspelled your name on the booking form (£110).
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