Ryanair, one of the Europe’s leading budget airlines, is currently cancelling up to 50 flights daily until the end of October. As many as 400,000 passengers across the EU could have their Ryanair flights cancelled between now until the end of October. As a regular Ryanair customer, this is really appealing. I can feel nothing but sorry for all the travellers who have been affected by this massive failure. In the past 10 years, mainly flying with Ryanair, only one of my flights have been cancelled. I was informed plenty time in advance. They offered alternative route or refund. I’ve chosen the refund. The process was quick and easy. No hassle. However, this administrative “cock up” over pilots’ holiday rotas, as Ryanair claims is the main reason, is simply atrocious. After those recent events, I’ve decided to touch on a topic of cheap airlines. In particular, are they worth it?
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Travelling can be expensive. To minimise the costs, a lot of people tend to go with the cheap airlines, such as Ryanair, EasyJet or WizzAir. Most consider the price as the main factor when booking flights. However, there are many other things that should be taken into account. These often are the biggest disadvantages of cheaper airlines and possible reasons why you shouldn’t go with them;
1. Not as Cheap as It Looks
The cheap flights are usually operating during the week. Whilst for someone who doesn’t have a job this might be ideal, it certainly isn’t for the full-time worker looking for a cheap getaway. As a full-time professional myself, I always look for flights flying out on Friday evening and return on Sunday night. Perfect weekend getaway without taking leave from work. Unluckily, the weekend flights are the most expensive ones. Additionally, some airlines often put outbound flight as very cheap (even as low as £20), but when it comes to choosing the return one it is as high as £100. This really questions if cheap airlines are as cheap as they claim to be, or just portray themselves and use tactics to lure the customers into buying them.
2. Inconvenient Time Flights
Usually, the cheap flights tend to be at ridiculous hours. Either make it very difficult to get to/ from the airport by public transport; or make you get up at stupid o’clock and then all day is ruined by your tiredness. Some people even decide to come the night before and sleep at the airport. This is a really bad start/ end to the trip abroad.
3. Notorious Hidden Costs
If you want to choose your own seat, you need to pay extra. A little larger hand luggage, you need to pay extra. Want to add checked-in baggage? Oh, that will cost you a lot more. Hungry or thirsty on board? Here’s a ridiculously overpriced food for you!
4. Strict Hand Luggage Policy
Cheap airlines tend to have a very strict policy on the size and weight of a hand luggage. Sometimes just before boarding the plane, you might be asked to check the dimensions of your luggage. If it doesn’t fit, you have to pay extra fee (about €40). Many budget airlines also don’t allow to carry extra small items such as bags and purses and ask for these to be put inside your hand luggage. Now, even more annoyingly, Ryanair only allows the first 90 passengers to keep their hand luggage in the cabin above the head storage. All the others will be put “free of charge” in the aircraft hold. Such a nice upgrade… There’s nothing like waiting extra 20 minutes to collect your luggage after you land!
5. Delayed Flights
Most of the time the cheap airline flights tend to be delayed. Prepare for a long wait at the airport, or even worse stuck on board of the plane before it takes off. This can be quite frustrating and stressful especially when you have a next flight to catch!
6. Expensive Food on Board
No free food included in the flight fare, unless you decide to pay for a ridiculously overpriced coffee. On the other hand, some of the more expensive airlines, like British Airways stopped serving food on board.
7. Uncomfortable Seats
This one goes without saying. Cheap airlines are no luxurious when it comes to seats and extra legroom. Prepare to be squeezed in a three seat row between other strangers.
8. Dirty Planes
Cheap airlines keep their expenses as low as possible. This also includes cleaning. It has been revealed that Ryanair toilet planes are only cleaned after eight flights. Yuck!
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