With the economic hardship of recent years, many are looking for cheaper ways to travel these days, and for families, looking to save that extra bit of money has never been so important. But with budget travel comes some hidden risks, and unfortunately unsuspecting families who failed to research a certain part of the holiday thoroughly and ended up incurring charges or expenses they didn’t budget for usually incur those risks. And ultimately, it’s these sorts of horror stories that we learn of from the media, hoping that we will not fall victim to similar mistakes.
So, what are the most documented dangers of budget travel? Is budget travel all it’s cracked up to be?
If researched and planned out thoroughly, then yes, it is. Hopefully with the list of tips and advice we will provide our readership in this article, you won’t fall foul of profit-driven airlines or over zealous taxations.
Excess baggage can cost you dearly
For major airlines, excess baggage charges are big business for the airline carriers and have earned them significant amounts over the years. None more so than in 2012 when USA Today reported that these figures had reached an all time high of around $3.5 billion.
Always be sure to check the airlines official website or your airline ticket before you leave for your journey to make sure you are well aware of the baggage limitations for your respective flight and the airline you are using.
Avoid hidden costs on short-haul flights
Because many budget airlines that simply deal in short-haul flights have small profit margins, many look to make profits on other areas aside from the initial ticket prices. UK-based company Parking4Less recently documented in a blog post how many extra charges and taxations are added to airline tickets to increase profits.
Always, make sure to check the fine print so that you know what to expect when finalizing air travel with certain airlines. A simple search on their website will usually do the trick.
If you have children, beware of infant charges
This topic has been well publicized of late but it can be very costly if you don’t research the ramifications thoroughly. The Guardian found that for some short-haul airlines, last year they charged a 100% more for child tickets than adults. Again, you must be thorough in your research on the company you are using.