Airfare gotchas: When that cheap flight really isn’t a deal

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Airfare gotchas: When that cheap flight really isn’t a deal

Post by buzai232 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:26 am

Airfare gotchas: When that cheap flight really isn’t a deal


Congratulations, you found a cheap flight to your dream destination. Hopefully, you’ll have a wonderful trip and that’ll be the end of the story. Unfortunately, sometimes great deals include bad news like hidden fees and major inconvenience.航空券

Does that mean cheap airfare deals aren’t worth it? Of course not. But it does mean some deals may require a little sacrifice and maybe a little more money than you initially thought. The important thing is to know what’s coming so you can make an informed shopping decision and not get blindsided by unexpected costs or inconvenience.

• Unexpected bag fees: You already know that discount airlines like Allegiant charge for carry-on bags ($15 to $22 each-way) but some of the larger airlines do too if you fly their cheap basic economy class. For example, both American’s and United’s basic economy don’t even allow regular-sized carry-ons aboard, so that will cost you $50 round-trip (plus another $70 if you also want to bring a larger suitcase). Be sure to add in all fees to see if the final cost of a basic economy ticket is truly a deal. It may be, but you won’t know until you compare the total to other airline offerings.

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• Seat assignment fees: Some airlines charge for all seats. For example, if you want to sit with a friend or your family on Spirit — you know, choose your seat — be prepared to pay from $1 to $50 per seat assignment; otherwise, seats are assigned randomly. That’s true for some basic economy seats, too, although Delta’s basic economy has no advance seat assignments at all so even if you wanted to pay for a specific seat, you can’t.

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