comparison between low cost and full fare airlines.
How much am I really saving? Why do those fares look really different at the
time of booking?
Real fare break down.
I have taken 3 European airlines. RyanAir, Wizz Air and British Airways
Things to notice
Airport is really far off from the city. It is one of the worst airport of
London and you don't really have a choice to get there. There is no public
transport that goes there. Yes, I haven't added public transport fees to
British Airways but option is still there. You have to pay extra to reserve seat of your
choice or you are stuck in middle of two passengers.
Ryan Air and Wizz Air - I have selected only 15 kg bags.
I get 23 kg bag, food on board, I get lounge access for being frequent
traveller, I also get a seat to sit on airport instead of sitting on ground.
Benefits of difference - I get 470 Airmiles with this flight plus online
booking bonus plus extra miles for being frequent flyer. Total goes to 890
Avios. 1 Avios is roughly equal to 1 GBP.
Plus for all
the shoppers, you can have way better duty free options at Heathrow vs at
Plus better status you have with the flight, better the treatment you would
I have done same thing in Asia. Cebu Pacific and Phillipines Airlines
The difference is just $19 where more baggage is allowed and better food is
served. I get to fly from main airport BKK vs DMK, which is not a good airport.
Luckily, Bangkok has free shuttle
between those 2 airports. Otherwise, in many cities like Moscow, there are no
shuttles connecting the different airports.
When shall I use low cost option then?
distant airport is closer to your home or you are flying international location
from smaller city then low cost airlines are really helpful.
Eg. If you are flying from Cochin where there is only one airport. Its a small
city and allows really low fares compared to flying via Mumbai or Delhi, you
should definitely opt for low cost from Cochin.
Try to avoid low cost airlines on long distance (Anything more than 4 hour air
time is long distance) route unless you really want to save every dime and don't
care about atrocity you have to face for saving just few dimes.
Also if you are going for short trip where you are just carrying cabin bag, you
can opt for low cost. Most airlines have
7 to 10 kg cabin bag limit.
you just want short trip around island countries like Thailand, Philippines,
Indonesia etc. Low cost is definitely an amazing option.
What is good airport vs bad airport?
Good airport provides many features to its passengers. Good airports provide
free wifi, better seating area, easy connection to the main city either via
public transport or special public express. You can buy last minute stuff or do
duty free shopping at the airport.
There are also lounge access (only provided by full fare airlines) If you
have a long layover, you can go for shower. There are lockers available where
you can drop your baggage. You can explore the city and come back. I even
dropped my bag at the airport for 7 days as I didn't need it for further trip
and I knew I was going to come back and get it. It would have costed me too
much on extra baggage fees which wasn't needed.
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