Reasons Not To Buy The Cheapest Airline Ticket

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I have a lot of friends that go online and buy the cheapest ticket that they can find. This would seem to be a good way to save money, but the reality is that buying the least expensive ticket isn’t always the best way to save money on airline tickets. In fact, it can end up costing you a lot of money in other ways. Over time I have discovered that when it comes to buying airline tickets, cheap doesn’t usually mean the best deal or value. Here area few things that it’s essential to consider which can make the cheapest ticket end up costing you more than a higher priced ticket:


The cheapest ticket for your flight might include a layover. A layover doesn’t so


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5 Responses to Reasons Not To Buy The Cheapest Airline Ticket

  1. Alexandria says:

    I’ve generally had pretty good luck with airlines getting refunds (that would not be expected due to fine print), and these are usually in regard to cheaper fares that come with more catches.

    BUT, this is a good point. I have had good luck with *major airline carriers.* This is one area why I skip the cheaper carriers – many reasons noted here.

    I like the different airport/layover trick when flying my whole family because the savings really compounds over multiple tickets. But as a single flyer it is true that hotel and transportation costs can easily eat up any savings. IT’s the kind of thing I rarely bother with flying alone.

  2. hon says:

    No matter which airline you choose or airport you must fly prepared for this to go wrong. Bring a carry-on with air pillow, shawl,socks, trail mix type snack, breakfast bars, preferred type of entertainment, smart phone, mini pak wipes. Buy water as soon as you clear Security.

    You can easily be stuck in your departure airport, on the runway or connecting flight airport. An electrical storm can affect the best plans whether first class, executive class, business class, economy or the cheap seats.

  3. bben says:

    As a former frequent traveler – now retired, I learned to avoid the consolidators – Orbitz, etc. When you deal through them, you are not the airlines customer, the consolidator is. And when something does happen, the airlines take care of their own customers first. Since you didn’t pay the airline for the ticket, you have to go back to the consolidator for a refund. Instead, if you pay a little extra to a legitimate travel agent, they will take care of you. They have access to the same databases as the consolidators so, often they will find the same inexpensive flight. The ticket is bought through the airline under your name, you are informed of all fees by the agent, if there is a problem, it is the agent that spends the time on the phone with the airline getting you rerouted, getting you a hotel, and often getting a refund.

  4. Gail says:

    Last summer we went by air to my son’s wedding. First time on an airplane in 15 years. Let’s just say that anything that could go wrong did and it wouldn’t have mattered how much you paid for your ticket! Because I have extremely bad arthritis that a one hour car ride can leave me sore and in pain, we decided to fly rather than drive for the 5 hour trip. We got to the first leg of our destination just fine (there was NO straight flights at all). Then after about an hour and half lay over the sign went up that our next leg was canceled (broken airplane part–which is fine I didn’t want to go on a broken airplane), so whet do we get? Not a delayed flight, not an offer for a free meal, nope they decided that they would BUS us 2 1/2 hours away!!! If I had wanted to go by bus we would have driven in our own car with a safe driver. Because the driver drove like a maniac, no seat belts in the bus and my hubby had to brace me to help cushion my joints. The bus didn’t even take off till past the time we should have arrived at our destination. For some odd reason the airline didn’t seem to think that they owed us compensation for sticking us on a bus–what a way to make money, sell an plane ticket and then put the passengers on a dirty bus! Nor did they even offer a crumb of bread for the long delay that prevented us from getting a meal. Our flight home was almost as bad but due to a terrific rainstorm we had another canceled flight and a long delay and a 5 hour trip became over 12 hours to get home.

    The point of all this was when I got home I immediately wrote to the airline and demanded satisfaction AND I called my credit card company (the joys of charging). When I told the customer service rep what had happened she about fell out of her chair as she lived in the city that we were bused to and knew the distance and how ridiculous it had been. No hassle she put a hold on that part of the bill (I was willing to pay for the flights we actually got). Two months later the charge was officially taken off our bill and somewhere along the line much later we got a form letter from someone at the airlines with a voucher for a free plane ride. You can tell no one read my letter as I specifically told them I had no intention of ever riding on their airline again and to NOT send me a travel voucher!

    But the problem with all this was it didn’t matter who or when you bought your ticket–we all suffered the same fate although some weren’t as physically bad off as I was. I could also tell at the various airports that canceled flights, overcrowding, etc. is an ongoing problem for all travelers. I won’t even get into how ridiculous security checkpoints are when dealing with disabled passengers!

  5. Hope says:

    While some of the points in this article are valid, it paints with too broad a brush. Many of the complaints about “cheaper” tickets on “cheaper” airlines can just as easily happen on a mainline airline (not so much the ones about booking fees or check-in fees, but it always pays to research the fees ahead of time).

    Where I thought the author would go and never did, is that the cheapest tickets are often the most restricted. Sometimes (depending on your circumstances) it pays to look at a higher costing “fare class”…it may have fewer restrictions on changes or refunds, if you know your plans may change.

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