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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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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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I’ve flown with Air Asia a few times and with other airlines that have hand luggage weight limits. I’ve never had my bag weighed by Air Asia, though I have seen others go through this. It does sometimes happen. My impression is that I’d say it really depends on two factors. 1: How full the plane is. If they are expecting a packed flight then they will be ...


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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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As far as I'm aware there are not currently any really low cost airlines in Canada. But there seem to be a few in the pipeline: NewLeaf: It looks like Abbotsford near Vancouver is one of their anticipated destinations, but they are running into a bit of bureaucracy. JetLines: "Canada’s Ultra-Low Fare Airline" currently completed planning and development. ...


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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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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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Wizz Air The only international low-cost airline flying to Schengen Area from Azerbaijan is Wizz Air: Baku - Budapest (each Monday and Thursday) and Budapest - Baku (each Wednesday and Sunday) flights are available to book for as much as 50 - 80 EUR (one-way). From/to Budapest you can travel to/from dozens of destinations in Europe with Wizz Air. As ...


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The possible consequences are: No online check-in, except for flights departing Prague airport. Smartwings requires everyone to check-in at the counter, which always causes huge lines No free meal, no free drinks of any kind Less space between the seats The quality of the cabin is worse, with some of the seats broken at times Overall it doesn't really ...


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There are several lower cost airlines already operating in Canada, but no ULCCs on par with Ryanair. In eastern Canada, where distances are shorter there tends to be more competition, here are the airlines on these routes: Toronto-Montreal: Air Canada, Porter, WestJet, Transat from ca$99 Vancouver-Toronto: Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing (in summer) from ca$...


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Almost all airlines include some checked baggage for free on all longhaul journeys. Certainly both Emirates and Qatar include a baggage allowance. There may be some exceptions with for instance Norwegian or Air Asia (I've never used them). So you cannot “deselect” baggage.


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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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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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Skyscanner even shows connections composed of flight segments by several low cost providers. This is a home-brew solution, which they name Multi-part bookings. Though impressive, it is risky: If the first flight is delayed (pictured: Ryanair) then you are not guaranteed to get the connecting flight (pictured: germanwings).


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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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If the air travel is all on Air Asia and you bought this as a "Fly-Thru" service, then your bags will be checked through to Singapore, and you will only pay once, at check-in. Otherwise it will be considered two separate trips, you will pay twice, your bags will only be checked from TRZ to KUL, and you will have to re-check them in KUL. See this Air Asia ...


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The problem with low cost carriers (LCC) is that they almost exclusively offer point-to-point itineraries, and don't offer connecting flights. There are some exceptions though (I know personally that flydubai offers transfers through their hub in Dubai). The second issue you'll have is that most LCC fly aircraft that do not travel the distances (without ...


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2 things that tripped us up: if you check in at the counter instead of online there’s a hefty extra fee, and a purse counts as one piece of luggage, so you’ll have to stuff it into your carry-on or pay extra.


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There are no specific heated elements in the cargo hold; it is kept at the same pressure as the rest of the cabin and is climate controlled (so things don't freeze over). The only time there will be "extra" heat is if there is a live animal being transported on your flight, and then its constrained to the area where the animal is. In short, you should not ...


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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 used ...


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You will get whatever was stated in your fare and the terms and conditions. On many low-cost carriers, inflight meals are available if prebooked at additional (steep) cost. Yours may already be included, if that was stated during booking. On many low-cost carriers, luggage can be booked at additional cost. Yours may already be included, if that was stated ...


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There is no rule. You must check the conditions of the fare. When it says you have a baggage allowance of so many pieces, that means that the price includes the cost of checking that many pieces of luggage as long as they satisfy the airline requirement for checked-luggage. You will still pay a fee if there are more pieces or they exceed allowed weight or ...


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best way is to read the terms of your contract and learn to understand them, then handle accordingly. There's a 50 Euro fee for oversized bags, you either don't bring an oversized bag or you bring the money, it's that simple. Nothing to understand, nothing to "defend yourself against". If you're one of those people who're prone to want to board an aircraft ...


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Yes, it is usual, at least in Japan. Note that even in Europe you can't book too early. Although regular airlines such as JAL and ANA operate on a similar schedule than other international airlines (i.e., tickets go on sale about a year in advance) for international routes, low-cost airlines operate on a tighter schedule. For example, Summer 2015 tickets at ...


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I believe Kayak and Skyscanner should provide you what you are looking for, don't they? It not, then you might want to try the airlines' websites directly.


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€1000-2000 is not a “normal” fare for a short-haul flight within Europe, even with a legacy full-service airlines. Most of them will have cheap fares that are slightly above the price of low-cost airlines (if you book a non-flexible return ticket in advance). Even full fares for a flexible ticket booked at the last minute or business class tickets should be ...


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The main options would seem to be: Driving If you just travel on your own, petrol alone is a significant expense and you will want to avoid most of the French motorway network to save on tolls but it's perfectly doable in a day. That's assuming you have a car, obviously, if you need to procure one (buy/rent/import), you can forget about this solution. ...


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