I’m all about saving money. Believe me. We’re at a point where people will do anything for cheaper flights. I get it. Budget airlines are the most convenient medium of travel in our time. I’m flying from Lanseria to Cape Town with Mango airlines and it’s only a 2 hour flight which is bearable. I decided that I’m going to snack on the plane then eat when I get to Cape Town. Before I go on a rant lets clear something up:
- Budget airlines don’t offer flexibility.
- These airlines schedule flights at off peak hours to get the best rates from airports.
- You have to buy food (obviously).
- Some budget airlines can’t complete card transactions.
Flight attendants are now serving snacks and to my surprise they don’t take cards onboard a flight that offers wifi. For those of you that don’t know, a card machine needs internet to complete transactions. Not only am I annoyed but you really start to feel that terrible word that I hate so much. ‘Budget’, it means you’ll be squashed and uncomfortable. Now that I’m done with my rant, there are positive things about budget airlines. It’s the best way to fly if:
- You only have a backpack and some carry on luggage.
- You’re flying short distances.
- You travel often so you need the cheap ticket to save money.
- You’re a solo traveler.
I don’t recommend budget flights if you’re loyal to a premium airline. Eventually you will be offered cheaper tickets for a more comfortable flight with more conveniences such as changing the date of your flight. My favorite airline of all time is Lufthansa. It’s also the most under rated airline in my opinion and you should definitely check it out. I’ll write a piece about them in the future. They we’re incredible when I moved to Canada.