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Lots of reasons! Most of which boil down to prioritizing time and convenience over cost. You need to fly to a city with no direct service. Most LCCs only sell "point to point" and will not cover missed connections, while full-service carriers do. You have an unpredictable schedule and need the ability to change your flights easily. LCCs tend to fly less ...


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Nope. Two different flights means two bookings on Ryanair. Annoying, but true.


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Turns out, it is now possible, thanks to a post I found on Wikivoyage. A sample itinerary, that they provide, beginning in London: London to Barcelona on Vueling Barcelona to Casablanca on Vueling Casablanca to Istanbul on Air Arabia Maroc Istanbul to Dubai on Flydubai Dubai to Kathmandu on Flydubai Kathmandu to Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia X ...


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You actually want to be somewhere on time. I had an Air France flight from Budapest to Paris which didn't fly and I told the desk I needed to be in Paris next morning 10am and that's it. They put me on a Lufthansa flight via Munich and I was there on time. Do you think a low cost would this? At best you can rebook for free at worst you get the money the EU ...


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There is one airline, Spirit Airlines, which is trying to copy Ryanair with super cheap tickets and aggressively bad service. They serve a limited number of destinations, though, so they may or may not fly where you're going. There are several airlines in the US which were started as low cost carriers. The biggest are jetBlue and Southwest. However, the ...


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"Normal" airlines are fairly lax on the baggage requirements. If your checked baggage is a little bit over (say 1 kg or so) or slightly bigger than usual, nobody's going to make a fuss about it. Same goes for hand luggage -- they are almost never going to check its size or weight (although restrictions do exist, 8kg per bag IIRC) if it looks okay. You might ...


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I've flown China airlines many-o-times and I'm still here. They are the cheaper carrier our of Taiwan, but they aren't the worst airlines I've ever been on. Statistically speaking, there is very little chance anything will happen to you on China airlines. That being said, they do have a reputation in Taiwan as being not-the-safest carrier. They lack a lot ...


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So apparently momondo.com, unlike other websites, allows you to book budget flights. Glad it helps! note: low cost airlines do not make their flights available for booking in traditional tools so tools like momondo might not work forever, because it is based on web-scraping or such techniques (for example if a low-cost airline changes its website it might ...


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In addition to jpatokal's excellent answer, budget airlines sell you a pair of one-way tickets, whereas full-service carriers sell you a return ticket. This means that the budget airline has considerably lower responsibilities to you if things go wrong. When you have a return ticket, the airline has obligations to you from the moment you check in for the ...


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Low-cost airlines operate on a model called 'point-to-point carrier transit', one implication of which is that every single leg of your journey is a separate one. As Stuart mentions in his answer, some LCCs refer to 'hubs' and in fact many of them (especially Asian ones) do operationally maintain hubs, but that's for their own logistics handling. For ...


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Given that they're not on the list of Airlines banned in the European Union, they're safer than many, many airlines, and also meet all safety criteria specified by the EU. That's a pretty strict standard. Also remember, even with a dodgy airline, statistically it's still safer than driving. Would you get in a car? Cool, you'll be fine in the plane too ...


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The wikipedia article says: In August 2014, Jet Airways announced that it is discontinuing its low fare arm JetKonnect and JetLite making Jet Airways 3rd full service airline in India besides Air India and Vistara. What grounds do they have to make this claim? It has a frequent flier program, an airport lounge and flies internationally. The long haul ...


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I use trabber.com or skyscanner.com it's not only for low-budget airlines but it finds the cheapest prices (at least here in Europe)


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I always thought that the concept of low-cost airline, or no-frill airlines originates from the US. According to Wikipedia, the following low-cost arilines can be found in the US. AirTran Airways Domestic Routes, Caribbean Routes and Mexico Routes (acquired by Southwest) Allegiant Air Domestic Routes and International Charter Frontier Airlines Domestic, ...


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I've flown China Airlines several times -- LAX-Taipei-Jakarta -- and have never encountered any maintenance-related problem (or noticed any lack of training on behalf of the crew). Unlike, say, Indonesian and Iranian carriers, I don't think China Airlines has ever been banned from traveling to European airports.


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Given that it's a European flight, EU regulation 261/2004 is relevant, and covers your options. In addition to the full regulations (linked above), there's a summary on Wikipedia which covers your situation. In short, as the flight is more than 2 weeks away you are not due any compensation, however Atricle 8 of EU 261/2004 does explicitly call out what ...


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Normally what you describe falls under Consumer Protection laws in the country where this occurred. Given that this is Spain you should be able to find relevant information on the European Consumer Center in Spain site. But generally speaking you should use electronic payment methods if you want to keep track of your payments and have record of it in case ...


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Low-cost airline transfers are non-protected even if you fly with the same airline on both legs, which is why they typically won't show up in a search. Not only that, you will have to book each leg separately (again, even if they're with the same low-cost airline). If you search with SkyScanner, tick the option "Non-protected transfers" under "Multi-part ...


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Not a problem. I've taken all sorts of weirdly shaped items in the past (including a full stereo system in shopping bags!), and as long as you meet their criteria, ie: no explosives or other banned substances no blades or other banned items fits their width x height x depth restrictions weighs less than their weight limits then you'll be fine taking it ...


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I don't think you can buy 'connecting' flights as the term connecting in air travel has a specific meaning in that they are two flights that can be booked on a single ticket with luggage transferred. However you can reasonably buy two flights that arrive depart from the same airport. Things to watch out for: Changing carriers where you need to change ...


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I have flown with Ryanair many times (never EasyJet, so I don't know them). Ryanair are very strict with counting the number of hand luggage bags. You can only have 1 and that includes handbags or camera bags. In some airports they are strict with the size aswell, and will request that you put your bag into the little 'size box' thing at the gate before you ...


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If you're planning on transferring between carriers on separate tickets (rather than a single combined ticket issued by a codeshare partner), best make sure there's ample time for the connection to account for delays, baggage handling (as said, it might involve rechecking your bags manually, travel to different terminals, customs, etc. etc.) and things like ...


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AzAL would probably not classify itself as a low cost airline, but offers very good rates to destinations in the region. http://www.azal.az/ There are several low cost airlines that serve the region. But keep in mind the Caucasus is quite a distance away from Europe, if that's where you're coming from. Meaning that the cost of flying there will be a bit ...


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I find adioso.com interesting. I've not booked using it so far but have used it to check costings and flights. It provides rapid and easy access to information that others don't. It has a (somewhat) natural language search engine (or a more conventional one can be used) and provides graphs of prices across date ranges. It highlights the cheapest flight in ...


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Recently, a Dutch guy reached it to the national newspapers, with is hobby of searching low cost flight tickets. Apparently, he manages to get a lot of discounts, and collect frequent flyer passes with many airliners. For example: I found a ticket from Paris for only 7 euros 50 It was a mistake of the airline, but I was going for a song in Asia. He ...


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No probably not. However you should look into getting a prepaid mastercard (you can get them online) if you are booking lots of flights with ryanair. it's usually cheaper.


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In general, there's no price difference for checking in at the airport or via any other means, although there can be price differences for other services (eg baggage charges) depending on where you pay for them - more on that below. There are, however, a small number of exceptions in the form of Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) who are interested in squeezing every ...


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Ryanair use narrower cages to check the width of your carry-on, and you better be able to shove it in there or it's 35 Euro on the spot. They go through the boarding line looking to see who's bag might be an inch too wide. Also, they do weigh carry-on at some airports, (like Stansted) and many people get nailed, and it's 10 Euro per kilo over. Other budget ...


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Failing to check-in for the first sector will lead to the cancellation of your reservation as per Wizz Air's general conditions: 9.1 Check-in starts 2 hours and closes usually 40 minutes before departure according to the Schedule at the airport of the Place of Departure. At certain airports, details of which may be obtained on our Website or from our ...



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