Hidden extras on a low cost flight

When is a low cost flight not a low cost flight? When the hidden extras quickly add up! It's not uncommon for you to find a flight advertised for £9.99, and when you come to the payment stage you find that your total bill has risen to over £60.

Here are some of the main types of hidden extras that you might encounter when booking a low cost flight...

Taxes: Airport taxes can add a considerable amount to the cost of your ticket - for example, £35 on a £30 flight. Many quotes are inclusive of taxes, but some are not - so do read the small print before you commit to buy.

Surcharges: Fuel and other surcharges may be added to the cost of every ticket.

Luggage fee: More and more airlines are charging passenger to check in bags. The fee is usually quite considerable: about £25 each way is not uncommon. If you can manage to pack all your essentials into your hand luggage, you can avoid paying this fee. It may even be cheaper to buy your toiletries in your destination rather than pay to check in a bag.

Credit card fee: Credit card fees usually vary between £5 and £15 depending on the type of card you are using (e.g. Visa, Mastercard, debit, credit, prepaid...)

Check in fee: Some airlines consider airport check in to be a luxury worth about £10. The alternative is to check in online.

Seat booking fee: If you want to choose your own seat, you will pay around £5 per person extra.

Of course, even when all these extras are added on, a low cost flight may still represent significantly better value than you would find with a regular scheduled airline. Don't dismiss the flight because of these charges, but do make sure than you are comparing like for like when you are making your booking.

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