6 tips of travelling on Budget Airlines | Easyjet, RyanAir etc

Travelling on budget airlines can be an experience on it’s own! The lack of luggage space, the lack of organisation, the lack of space between the seats can be annoying to say the least…throw a child in the mix and it can be chaotic! However, I cannot complain because the prices are usually better than on larger airlines, so I usually smile through gritted teeth, mumbling under my breath and just deal with it.

Here are some five tips to have a better, less stressful (if that is even possible) journey!

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Pay that little bit extra to book a seat. I know sometimes you think it is not worth the money, but trust me it is, especially if you are travelling as a family. You probably do not want to be sittingĀ in separate seats on the flight, away from your children or partner.

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On EasyJet, if you have a child under two, you usually get ‘Speedy boarding’ included in your flight. This is basically priority boarding. The first time we flew with Stephanie (my daughter) to Portugal, we didn’t realise this and spent hours queuing up to board with a very restless baby. If you do not get priority boarding and you are travelling with a small child, I would strongly recommend that you pay that bit extra and get it, it makes a world of difference.

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This might sound obvious but try and get to your boarding gate on-time, even slightly earlier than the time given on your ticket. This way you can sit next to the entrance of the gate. On airlines especially budget airlines, there is usually rush to the gate when you are boarding the plane, so you need to position yourself strategically to be one of the first people through. Hand luggage space runs out quite quickly, so you should move quickly to ensure that you have space to put your hand luggage next to where you are sitting.

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Bring your own snacks and drinks on board. These budget airlines make you pay for everything! Even ordinary water! So once you are through security, try and buy some snacks and drinks for the trip, especially if you have children. If you have time, go for sit down meal to keep you full during the journey. Oh and don’t forget your books or magazines! Reading the airline’s magazine is enough to send you to sleep…actually maybe that is a good thing!

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Use budget airlines for short haul flights only. My personal preference is to only use budget airlines for short haul flights or flights no longer than 3 hours maximum. I use the larger airlines for long haul flights or flights over 3 hours. Mainly because of comfort. Let’s not kid ourselves, we do not go on budget airlines for comfort and customer service, we go on them because it is cheaper. For longer flights, you need comfort and customer service and you get this with the larger airlines. Fine, it costs more but it is worth it.

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If you are travelling with a buggy, you do not have to check it in with hold luggage. You can use it all the way till you are boarding the plane. When you get to your gate, just let a member of staff know that you have the pushchair and they will put a label on it. You can leave the pushchair at the door of the aircraft just before you board. Usually it comes out with the hold luggage when you arrive at your destination.

 

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