Budget airlines are a great way to get you where you need to go for less, but if you don’t do your research they can end up costing you. Popular budget airlines in the U.S. are:
- Allegiant Air
- Frontier Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Sun County Airlines
- Virgin America
- Spirit Airlines
For our upcoming trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, we booked our flights through Kayak on Spirit Airlines. According to its website, its ability to have an average of 30% lower total prices because it doesn’t charge for the in flight services like beverages, magazines, food, and carry on bags. While the airfare might come cheap, check out these tips to try and save some cash with Spirit Airlines!
Add your bags to your airline fare
Unless you are using a site like Kayak or Travelocity, the Spirit Airlines website allows you to add baggage to your tab. If you know you are going to be bringing a bag when you’re searching for flights, it could save you $20!
Check in online
Not only does it save time but it also saves you money! When you check one bag with online check-in it costs $31 (more than other traditional airlines at $25) as opposed to $52 when you check in at the airport desk. Speaking of extra charges, that brings me to my next tip…
Print your boarding pass at home
This is one of those tips that you will be thanking me for. It costs time and resources for Spirit Airlines to print it at the airport, which costs you $10 (per boarding pass). If you have a printer at home or can get access to one through a library, it’ll save you!
Measure your personal item
You’re allowed to bring one carry on like a laptop bag or a purse, but it has to be smaller than 18″ by 14″ by 8″. It should fit entirely in the small sizer box — that little display they keep near the check-in desk or at the airline gate that no one ever uses — used to ensure your bag does not exceed those dimensions. If your bag ends up being a too big, they might charge you the carry on price. Since Spirit’s seating is a little tight too (they stuff more seats on their planes to keep their airfare low), you’ll want all the leg room you can get.
Did I miss any tips? Let me know in the comments!