The sneaky ways budget airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet hike up prices
Sept. 11, 2019
It might seem cheap as chip to start with but hidden costs can soon sprout
We are always looking to save a few pounds when booking a trip away or the big family holiday.
It is why cheap airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet have proved so popular, undercutting their competitors with bargain prices for flights abroad.
However holidaymakers are being warned of the typical methods employed by airlines to get just that bit more cash from you when you are booking your flights.
Travel experts from shipping firm MyBaggage.com have urged travellers to check what is and is not included in initial flight prices, as once all extras have been added, prices might increase dramatically.
Holidaymakers thinking they are getting a bargain when they see initial flight prices are often shocked once they’ve paid the added extras.
Placing luggage in the hold, or in some cases even taking a suitcase onto the cabin, is often what causes prices to spike.
But technophobes can also be charged for wanting to check-in in person at the airport, instead of using their computer or mobile phone whilst at home.
Other paid-for extras include the luxury of sitting together as a group, fast-tracking security queues and taking prams and buggies onto the plane.
Budget airline extra costs to watch out for
Luggage in the hold
Many airlines will charge you to put luggage into the hold. This will be charged each way, so prices soon mount up. Some airlines will ask you to pay different prices depending on how much weight the bag will carry.
One airline is now asking customers to pay to take a small 10kg suitcase into the cabin, meaning without paying, only a small rucksack or handbag will be allowed. If you do not abide by these rules, they will charge you extra to put the case into the hold.
If you’re planning on taking any baby, music or sports equipment, this cannot be added as an extra bag in the hold. Similar to hold luggage it must be paid each way. You can sometimes even book an extra seat for your beloved guitar.
If you’re a group of 2 or more, it is expected that you’ll want to sit together to start and end your holiday together. This, however, will cost you more money. Paying for each seat you choose, both ways.
You can pay extra to be the first people off the plane, and a bit more money means you can enjoy the luxury of more legroom.
The majority of airlines allow you to check-in before you reach the airport meaning you have everything you need to walk through security. If you’ve paid for hold luggage you can drop this off without the need to check in. If you prefer to check-in in person at the airport, there could be extra charges involved, depending on who you fly with.
If the sound of queueing to get through security doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can pay extra for a security fast-track. However, you don’t know how many other people have also done the same.
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Budget airlines will also try and entice you with their tasty meals, even though you can take some food through security and buy it from duty free.
A spokesperson for My Baggage said: “It’s very easy to see the initial flight price on a website and think that you’re getting a bargain.
“Many of the low-cost airlines advertise plane flights for an extremely low price, but once all the essentials are added, often they’re not much cheaper than mid-range competitors.
“Hopefully seeing a step-by-step account of the additional prices and what they actually mean will help save holidaymakers some cash which they can look forward to spending once they reach their destination.”