If you haven't already, start by reading Part I of this series: 3 Questions to Ponder Before You Book a Budget Airline.
Does Airplane Food Make You Cringe?
If so, then you'll love flying budget!
Some carriers don’t have beverage or snack service at all. Those that do usually charge an overpriced fee for a meal, especially if you're in economy class. A few only serve meals that are ordered online in advance.
Many airlines post their in-flight menus online, so you can look-see whether the selection and prices are up to your tastes and budget. Or if you'd be better off packing meals and snacks in your carry-on.
Are You Passionate About Points & Miles?
Budget airlines aren’t members of the major, international alliances like Star or oneworld, so unless you plan to only fly that airline most everywhere you go (some budget carriers have rewards programs), you won’t be racking up any points or miles that can be used with major carriers.
Do You Loathe Detours?
Some people don’t mind connections; I do. Time is hugely important to me. If a flight, especially a domestic one, is slated to fly to a layover airport, in an opposite direction from my final destination, I pass.
There is a heightened chance of this being the case with budget airlines in the U.S., because they usually have only one or two Midwest hubs. I don’t want to fly to Dallas or Minneapolis on my way from Boston to West Palm Beach.
If you’re like me, or if you're flying with kids or elders for whom longer flight times and layovers would be a strain, you should definitely weigh the cost savings against the inconveniences.
Related: How to Love Your Layover
Meet the Author
Alyssa Faria is a board games aficionado, former game show writer and avid traveller who has trekked the Andes; cliff dived the Azores; and savored octopus in 8 countries and counting!
You can usually find her in Boston, where she slays tech dragons by day when she’s not busy running marathons, scaling rock walls and indulging her inner foodie.