Can you really get cheap prices from Low Cost Airlines?

By: Ray Andrew

If you plan a trip to Europe this year, do take note of European low-cost airlines. Get discounts by flying on Europe 's new low-cost airlines connecting hundreds of European cities. Europe has a growing number of low-cost airlines offering relatively inexpensive flights to almost every European country. European low-cost airlines offer attractive fares, flexibility on when and where to travel to, and serve many countries that full-fare airlines do not. European low-cost airlines, undeniably, come without frills. However, this definitely does not mean any compromise on safety, comfort or service.

Most European low-cost airlines only sell tickets online and via telephone. Travel agents generally do not sell such tickets. Tickets for flights on such European airlines do not sell at a fixed price.

Most of the companies raise prices as seats are sold and as the date of departure nears. Getting a last-minute ticket on a low-cost airline could at times be priced similarly to a seat on a full-fare airline. To obtain the best deal, you should book your tickets well in advance of your departure date.

The European budget airlines issue tickets at low prices, but do expect some inconveniences. If you are in transit, do take note that your luggage will not be checked into your next flight. In-flight meals are not provided, and expect little or no assistance when flights are delayed. All flights are of the single-leg variety, and the baggage allowance is very limited. Some of the premier European budget airlines are EasyJet, RyanAir, Sky Europe and Smart Wings. So if you are preparing a travel to Europe this year, enjoy the benefits of European low-cost airlines, but first consider your own requirements.

Remember that the best prices you can enjoy with these airlines is if you reserve your seats months ahead. While this doesn't mean that you cannot get a good price if you book close to departure, it is unlikely. If you are traveling on a budget, do remember to plan well ahead.

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