The phenomenon of low cost companies has become unstoppable from the 90s until today. However, cheap flights have both a number of advantages and disadvantages that we show you below.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
According to data collected by the Institute of Tourism Studies (IET) from Spain, more than 80% of airline tickets sold from 2012 to date correspond to low cost flights, which places these sales seven points above the standard airlines.
Of this 80%, most tickets were sold by the leading low-cost airlines in Europe: easyJet and Ryanair. Thus, this revolutionary business has echoed around the world and more and more low-cost airlines are emerging.
So much so, that most tourists admit to feeling overwhelmed every time they have to buy a plane ticket because they don't know which one to opt for. Its success is largely due to the advertising campaigns so aggressive that these companies employ.
Below you can see an example with the video of the advertising campaign of the easyJet airline of the year 2012:
In addition to the savings for the passenger to buy a low cost ticket, other advantages can also be mentioned. Below we mention all the positive aspects of charter flights:
- Low prices: These airlines offer the most competitive prices in the market, so it is usual to find flights to the most requested destinations in low season for less than one hundred euros round trip, for example. This means that, today, traveling by plane is a means of transport available to any traveler. The lower cost of these airline tickets is largely due to the elimination of intermediaries.
- Benefits for travel agencies: Traditional travel agencies have also benefited from this phenomenon and have begun to offer a new service: they themselves look for your flight and buy you the low cost ticket. In this way, what was lost with the suppression of intermediaries by low-cost airlines, has been won from another sector, so that the client who decides to resort to a travel agency ends up just as satisfied.
- Acquisition of the ticket at the time: With this type of airlines, the need to buy the ticket well in advance has been extinguished. In this way, we can even book our ticket the day before the flight departs.
On the other hand, not all are advantages when it comes to weighing the possibility of acquiring a cheap flight. The so enonomic prices of this type of flights are achieved precisely by the suppression or lowering of quality of other services. In the following list we show you what they are and other disadvantages:
- Deletion of services: As we said, the benefit of these airlines has its origin in that its objective is to reduce costs at all costs. This is achieved by eliminating the usual free press and catering service in conventional airlines, charging an extra fee if the total kilos allowed for checked baggage, fuel savings, etc. is exceeded.
- Impersonal attention: Another way to save on expenses is to opt for the disappearance of physical offices or any other area accessible to the public with which to interact directly with the airline in case of claim, for example. This makes it more difficult for the client to contact the airline in case of doubt or claim, so that the service loses a lot of quality in general.
- Pay phone: The contact telephone number that these companies usually offer is usually a 902 line, which entails an additional cost for the customer, which is another source of benefit for the airline.
- Secondary airports: It is common for most of these flights to take off from secondary airports. This reduces accessibility for many tourists, who are forced to travel to the airport by taxi, train or any other means of transport. Obviously, this whole process makes the trip as a whole more expensive, so the customer must assess whether it really suits him to buy a charter flight or not.
- Absence of connections: Low cost airlines do not usually offer connections between airports. In this way, the customer is forced to buy two different tickets, instead of having the possibility of making a stopover without the need to acquire two tickets.
- Baggage limitations: all low cost airlines place restrictions on the weight and size of luggage, which is a great inconvenience for tourists whose stay abroad will be long-term. This is possibly the most common disadvantage among customers of these types of companies.
- Additional fees: to the above limitations, we must add the fact that, if the luggage is checked in, its weight exceeds the limit imposed by the airline, the customer must pay an extra fee for every extra kilo. There are also restrictions on hand luggage, which must have specific measures. In addition, most low-cost airlines do not allow carrying more than one bag of carry-on luggage.
- Minimum compensation: In case of lost luggage, cancellations, delays or loss of flight, these companies offer the minimum compensation, since they are not responsible for almost any aspect of your flight.
Given these advantages and disadvantages, we offer a series of recommendations to make it easier for you to buy a low cost ticket:
- Terms and Conditions: It is very important to read the conditions before accepting any clause that appears during the purchase. Otherwise, we may accept services that we did not want and that we have not noticed because, on the one hand, we have not noticed and, on the other, they usually appear in small print, camouflaged between several images or expressed with words of meaning ambiguous.
- Air passenger rights: For the above purpose, it is highly recommended to read the brochure on the rights of air passengers offered by the European Commission (EC).
- Organization: It is normal for any tourist to feel confused with so much variety in offers of cheap flights and airlines. Therefore, our advice is that you do not leave it to the last minute: sit quietly to make a comparison between the different possible options.
- Estimates: If the plane you choose does not take off from the airport closest to your place of residence, it would be advisable to value if the trip to any other airport is really going to be profitable, whether due to the expense in gasoline, taxi, train, bus , etc.
- Dimensions in luggage: Check the regulations and conditions that each airline imposes on its website to avoid surprises at the time of check-in or upon arrival at the airport.
- Suitcase Preparation: Given the large number of restrictions imposed by these airlines in relation to checked baggage and hand luggage, the advice we give you is obvious: take the minimum, that is, what you will really need during your trip.
- Boarding pass: Low-cost airlines require you to print the boarding pass from their website, an action that is enabled from the 15 days prior to the departure of your flight. Therefore, make sure you have downloaded and printed the boarding pass before the expected departure date.
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