When booking international travel, we all shop for the lowest possible price. We check travel sites, we go directly to the airline sites, we listen to advice from friends and family as to where to book and why, we even see how much we can save if our flight is booked as a bundle with hotels and rental cars. We have gone from a hand held phone age to a cyber/cell age in which all information is possible through the touch of our keypad. Keyboard cowboys, is who we are.
Yippee-Ki-yaa. I am going to rustle me up some low cost airlines and save a buck. Before you do that, you need to understand what real low cost airlines are.
Low Cost Airlines
Aren't these companies like Southwest? Yes, and most people don't realize that they are still considered a low cost airline. The true definition of a low cost airline, is an airline company that operates within its country, and may have routes to other countries near it.
In what I have counted, there are three international low cost airlines that fly in and out of the U.S. and they are Air Berlin, First Choice-England (but only to Florida), and Iceland Express-Iceland.
For a complete list of low cost airlines visit: www.discountairfares.com. This will give you a detailed list of the low cost airlines used in the U.S. and other countries.
What To Expect
You need to prepare yourself for the barest of bare. If you opt for paying super cheap, you may have to do without certain amennities like in-flight entertainment, newspapers, free food and drinks, no reclining seats. So, for those who opt to save on cost when flying internationally, you may find that the flight was literally, a pain in the neck. If it is a local business flight, you can do it. If you are traveling to see someone, this is a minor inconvenience. However, if you are flying overseas, you may want to fork up the extra few hundred dollars to make your 10 or more hour flight comfortable.
While these could be the worst case scenarios, many of these small operating airlines are beginning to compete within certain parameters such as in-flight entertainment (added cost), offering free food and drinks, newspapers, etc. One of Sri Lanka's low cost airlines, Mihin Lanka, offers a complementary meal. A small price for them to pay while still keeping their ticket prices low.
Low Cost Airlines in Other Countries
The keyboards cowboys at the travel agencies can book you a flight to a foreign country, but if you have several trips within that country or surrounding countries--such as business travelers often do, the travel agencies can't help you. Why would you want to book a major airline twice in the same day? Delta taking you to Berlin for a few hours, and then flying with them again just to go to England? Why not save your company or if your a leisure traveler hundreds of dollars by booking City Jet-England or RyanAir?
Spring and summer are around the corner, and while your travel agent, such as air-savings.com is helping you plan your awesome vacation or business travel, you can be a keyboard cowboy at home and research the different low cost airlines you will need to use overseas.