What does it mean a low-cost flight?
Low-cost flights are cheaper flights.
Well, while flying low-cost you’re paying for the flight itself and you will have to add extra money for the rest of the services.
This model lowers the cost of your flight, possible by 50% off or even more.If you are flying with multiple people and want to add a suitcase, add a seat that you can choose, and drinks and food on the flight, then your ticket will probably have the same cost as a normal rate.
So is a low-cost better for you?
A low-cost flight is better for you if you are flying just with your carry-on. Bringing your luggage will be an extra cost, so keep that in mind especially while traveling with family members.
A low-cost flight is also best for you if you don’t add money for food on the plane or choosing your seat. If you don’t carefully follow the airline’s instructions, such as bag sizes, weight, printing tickets, and more, then you will pay a lot of extras.
Which Low-Cost airlines exist?
Wizzair, Easyjet, and Ryanair. Aegen, Blue Air, Transavia, Air Asia, Norwegian, Nok air, Vueling , Jetstar, AirEurope, Wow, JetBlue,Spirit, Eurowings, Transat, Up, Peach and more…
By the way, you don’t have to go to each website to see their flights… You can go to a search engine like Kiwi and SkyScanner that will compare between companies and will refine by cheapest flight to each destination!
Important things to know while flying Low-Cost
It’s very important to pay attention to the size of the carry-on that is mentioned on the website.
Each airline has its standards, so don’t rely on information from other airlines.
With Wizzair there is no weight limitation. The sizes are CM 42 X 32 X 25. If you want to carry a larger carry-on or to check in a luggage you will have to pay extra. Other than the carry-on you can’t bring another small bag (unless you are members or flying premium).
There is no weight limitation. The sizes are 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Checking in a luggage is extra money and you can’t bring a small bag (unless you’re members or paid premium). You may bring an umbrella, a coat, etc.
You may bring a carry on that is 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and a small bag that is 35cm x 20cm x 20cm. Carry on may weigh up to 10 kg.
I highly recommend to not bring a bag that measures more than the allowed size. If you’re flying with Wizzair and you have a larger bag, then pay extra online rather than at the airport, or you will end up paying a lot more.
In a lot of cases while flying from Israel, they wouldn’t check the size of your carry on, but they will on the return flight. This is their way of making extra money, so it makes sense.
When I flew with Wizzair I noticed that my bag was larger than the size, so I paid extra online and good thing that I did because they checked the size of my bag on both flights!
Check in Online
It’s important that you follow up on your emails and check in online when you are asked to. You can usually check in up to 2 hours before the flights, or you will end up paying a lot of money. Here is an example to an email that we received from Ryanair:
Print Your Tickets or Download an App
After you’ve checked in you will get your flight tickets. You must print them or download the app of the airline and make sure that your ticket loads. If you will get to the airport without it then you will pay a fee.
You can pack liquids Up to 100ml
If you are traveling with a carry-on, don’t forget that you cannot bring any liquids with you that are over 100ml. You can’t bring normal sized shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, moisturizer, and drinks. I always buy travel-sized bottles and fill them up with all my essentials!
Check your terminal
A lot of time low-cost flights are leaving from different terminals. For example at the Ben Gurion Airport Israel, they usually leave from terminal 1, but sometimes there are changes. You should get your terminal number on the confirmation email.
I’ve flown to many destinations with a lot of low-cost airlines and I really like this concept! It saves so much money and the flight experience is good.
Just keep in mind everything that I’ve mentioned, and you should be good! Once you start paying all the extra fees because of not paying attention, then it’s less good of a deal.