Anyone who traveled before was once seduced by cheap prices on ticketing websites. When planning for travel, people normally shop for ticketing on more than one website. Seeing a variation in the ticket prices is very normal. However, aiming for the lowest price is something risky, the least to say. Surprisingly enough, I have witnessed so many incidents that could make someone pay more by trying to pay less.
In this article, I list 5 reasons why the cheapest flight will most likely cost you more, and why you should think twice when you see a too good to be true price
1- Websites offering the lowest price cut costs on customer service
It’s quite obvious that not all the price you pay goes to the cost of the airline. The only exception to this rule is when you directly buy the ticket from the airline website, which is becoming less popular since travelers tend to prefer websites that compare a different number of airlines that fly to the same destination.
A portion of the price you pay goes to the customer service. Some websites offer lower ticket prices by cutting the cost of customer service. So, instead of offering their customers a reliable customer service solution, they cut the cost by hiring fewer people or sometimes by hiring untrained people for the job.
Imagine being stuck in an international airport thousands of miles away from home and having to wait 45 minutes to speak to someone who is not trained to handle your situation.
Even worse, sometimes the line disconnects right after you start explaining your situation. So, from first-hand experience, it pays off to pay a little extra and rely on reputable websites.
I personally use Expedia on most of my bookings as they provide a great 24/7 customer service specially of you’re a TD bank client.
2- Mysterious luggage allowance
I honestly cannot count how many times I was surprised with a different luggage allowance when I checked in.
Some disreputable websites advertise the wrong luggage allowance to attract customers. Needless to say, when you pay the difference you end up paying more. This is usually done by selling the cheapest class that comes with only carry-ons.
3- Buying different tickets separately
It’s quite common to fly with two or more airlines in a single trip especially if you are flying across Atlantic. But when you do so, you want to make sure the whole itinerary is issued by a specific airline.
The importance of this comes when you miss a flight in your connection. In this event, the airline that issued that whole itinerary will be responsible to find you a replacement. However, if each leg is bought separately with a different airline, it will be considered a no-show and you are the only one who will bear the consequences.
4- Don’t even mention the word “change”
Let’s face it, we live in a very dynamic time. Whether it’s your family or your profession, plans change all the time. When you buy the cheapest possible flight, it is almost guaranteed that the ticket comes with no change. Any request for change will most likely result in paying the whole amount again.
5- Same city, different airports
It’s almost hilarious but I can’t remember how many times it happened to me or to one of my friends. Again, you like the price offered to your, it’s undoubtedly the best price offered to you across all websites. You buy the ticket. You have a short connection in Milan, but who cares, an hour will be more than enough to connect to your second flight.
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there is a terrible nightmare waiting for you. The cheap website you depended on to save this extra $49 booked your first flight to Malpensa International Airport, but the second flight is flying out of Milan Bergamo Airport.
I know, this was impossible to catch because you were hypnotized by the mouth-watering price offered. Both airports are in Milan, but there are more than an hour apart. Let alone the time you need to get out of the first airport, figure your way out, and go check in your second flight.
In conclusion, I like to save on flight prices as much as everyone does. But from experience, you have to be very careful, because you might end up paying more by attempting to pay less.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog article! If you enjoyed it and want to learn more about planning your next trip itinerary, don’t forget to check out my next article, “5 Simple Steps To Plan Your Dream Trip Itinerary”