So, here are some tips that will help you to avoid any problems and unexpected costs.
- Ryanair isn’t the only option. This airline is very famous for its budget options and connects 23 different cities in Italy including Venice, Rome and Palermo. In recent years it’s debatable whether it is the cheapest option once you add in the airline’s many extra fees. Extra charges include baggage fees, a 2 percent charge for booking with a credit card online and expensive on-flight food. Instead of choosing this airline, try searching other options. Nowadays the cheapest budget flights belong to the newest Vueling airline.
- Check the non-budget airlines too. Taking into account all the extra fees, it’s sometimes cheaper to book a traditional airline and get surprisingly good deals.
- Weigh your bag and measure its dimensions. Don’t forget to weigh your bag as it may cost you a lot if you take more than it’s allowed. If you are planning on buying some souvenirs, it is worth picking up portable luggage scales to make sure you haven’t added too much. You should have the idea of whether you’ll want to check a bag before you book your budget flight. With Ryanair, for example, if you want to bring more baggage with you than the 10kg you’re allowed into the cabin, that’ll be an extra 15 euro — if you’re checking a 15kg bag, in low season, and select the option when you initially book your flight. The same 15kg bag will cost you 20 euro if you opt for it later or 60 euro if you pay for it at the airport.
- Check what airport does your budget flight lands at. It is important to check the destination airport of your flight as it can definitely add expenses. Usually cheap airlines fly into smaller airports located farther outside the city center.
- When choosing budget airlines, be prepared. Most of them charge you for drinks and food so it’s worth having some snacks, water and sandwiches with you.