Budget Airline Fees You Need To Be Aware Of According To JustFly

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Over the last few decades we have seen a huge rise in the number of “budget airlines.” While we all know the golden standards of air travel, more and more smaller and less bloated airlines are popping up all over the world, offering cheap flights and a streamlined, pay-per-service business model. While it is easy to save money flying with these carriers, the old saying that “you get what you pay for” still rings true. As an online travel company, JustFly has seen and heard every angle when it comes to working with budget airlines and the sometimes-bizarre means they have of adding extra charges. What do you need to keep an eye out for when booking with these companies? We found out.

The Complicated Case Of Carry-Ons

This is not a shocker as even big carriers charge for checked and carry-on bags, but what may surprise you is the depth in which the charges have evolved with some budget carriers. So, here are the basics.

  • Carrying a bag? That’s a charge.
  • Have you weighed it? Many budget carriers actually charge you for the weight of the bag despite the fact that it’s a carry-on.
  • Have you informed the airline in advance you are bringing a carry-on? That’s an extra charge.

Before you know it, you may be paying up to $80 to carry your own bag onto the aircraft according to a JustFly’s review.

Traveling With Children

While the smart move, according to JustFly, is to simply buy a seat for your small child (it will make the ride far more comfortable for your baby or young one), many have chosen and will continue to choose to sit with their child as it can be much, much cheaper. Ha! Not so fast if you are flying with children on a budget airline. They are known to charge you something akin to a “lap fee” that will see you paying a fixed rate per child if you choose to bring them along and share a seat with them.

In-Flight Basics

While many airlines offer you a free drink or meal, budget airlines seldom do. While this is not unexpected, there are other little things that may surprise you. Blankets and pillows come with a fee. Choosing your seat will cost you. Even the method you choose to pay for your ticket can cost you.

Pro Tips

Some obvious tips from JustFly include packing light if you aren’t going on a long trip, planning ahead by bringing a pillow or blanket with you, and being 100% prepared for your flight. What does this mean? Make sure you let the airline know in advance if you are checking or carrying on a bag and print your boarding passes. Why print your boarding pass? Because guess what, that’s a fee too.

Keith Holland is the Community Manager for Montreal’s Momentum Travel Group and is a graduate of Humber College’s Journalism Program. This post is part of a paid partnership with JustFly. 

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Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • Emily

    I just flew with WOW Air to Europe and encountered many of these add-on costs for the first time. In the end, it was still cheaper for our flights + add-ons, but I’m glad I did the research and knew what to expect before we flew! I can’t imagine showing up and having all of these things come as a shock.

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