FAQs about budget flights

When it comes to budget flights, there tends to be a lot of confusion and misunderstandings. Many people end up paying more than they have to, or worse, not being allowed to fly at all. To help ease the stress of your travels, we've rounded up some of your frequently asked questions.

How to budget flights differ from regular flights?

The most visible difference between budget flights and regular flights is the airline. Regular, scheduled airlines include British Airways, British Midlands and Virgin. The most famous low cost carriers are Ryanair and Easyjet. However, many "regular" airline also offer budget options, such as a Web Saver that is non-flexible and doesn't include baggage.

What do budget flights include?

For most budget airlines, the price you are originally quoted is your airfare only. There are likely to be at least two fees on top of this. Some quotes don't include tax, which will significantly raise the ticket price. You might also encounter a baggage fee (can be up to £30 each way for checked luggage), a credit card booking fee (usually somewhere between £5 and £15) and a check in fee (about £10 for airport check in). Extra charges will apply for sports equipment or musical instruments that can't fit in your bag.

Can I change the name on one of my tickets?

No - most airlines will never allow you to change the name on a ticket. So, for example, if your passport says Joseph Bloggs and you make the booking for Joe Bloggs, you may not be allowed to fly.

How long but take off should I arrive at the airport?

Most budget flights and low cost airlines allow you to check in online, but you should still be at the airport with plenty of time to spare in order to clear security. If you have checked in online, we recommend at least one hour for domestic flights and at least two hours for international ones.

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