Typically short or medium-haul destinations are serviced by many a low cost airline, offering budget travel for low, low prices. Great news!
You can cut your travel costs further by being a little clever with how you get to the airport too, meaning more money in your pocket. If you regularly book trains and coaches, maybe it’s time you gave some thought to driving yourself to the terminal door, and booking your airport parking spot with ParkBCP. This saves money and stress, which is fantastic news if you’re travelling with children! You’ll find this is a service that is available at most UK airports, including the busiest ones, with Gatwick North parking equally great value.
EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Ryanair, Fly Be, these are all companies who offer bargain airfares, and all you have to remain mindful of is that this is no-frills travel, so don’t expect masses of leg room, or excessive amounts of in-flight entertainment! Having said that, comfort is more than possible, and you get from A to B safely and effectively. What more could you want?
Here’s a few tips to get the most out of your budget flight.
Consider booking extra leg room
This does add a little cost onto your flight, but if you’re particularly tall, then you might find it worth the money. Booking extra leg room in advance will be cheaper than if you try and do it on the day at the check-in desk, when there may also be limited availability.
Choose your seat online
Again, there is a small fee for this, but choosing your seat ahead of time means you’re exactly where you want to be, e.g. near the front, near the back, near a toilet, on the aisle, at the window, sat together etc. Your preferences are personal.
Don’t bother with meals
I personally wouldn’t waste money on paying for an in-flight meal. Let’s face it, it’s never going to be gourmet, and if you’re only on the flight for a few hours, you can grab a meal deal in the airport and make do until you land!
Stock up on entertainment
You generally won’t have in-flight entertainment, so instead load up that tablet with games/books/apps/films etc, remember your earphones, and amuse yourself.
Arrive in good time
I have had a few occasions, especially with EasyJet, where boarding happened very swiftly indeed, so as soon as you see your gate number displayed, head there immediately!
Check the extras
Certain companies, such as Jet 2 for example, charge a fee for checking in at the airport, trying to encourage people to check in online instead. Take advantage of this if you’re able to print your boarding passes off, as this will save you time and money.
At the end of the day, a flight is a means to an end – getting you from A to B safety and quickly. No frills is no problem when you’re heading to a fantastic destination.