How’s this for an oxymoron: cheaper air travel comes at a high cost these days.
It may contradict itself but it’s true. Us budget airline travellers are willing to sacrifice food, drinks and even our luggage at times, just so we can get on the cheapest flight possible. But we risk extortionate extra costs if we happen to need any of those standard services that other airlines offer.
An annual study by TravelSupermarket found that checked luggage charges have soared in recent years, with Thomson’s fees rising by 47 per cent and Easyjet’s has increased by a quarter in just 12 months.
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary even told a conference in London that “we will keep increasing until we get rid of the bags”.
There are other ways of getting your luggage abroad at a lower cost, such as VIP delivery and collection services from places like First Luggage (www.luggagedeliverycompany.com) – but would you trust them to deliver your clothes safely and on time?
Are there other ways of avoiding those pesky charges or should we all travel light for the luxury of affordable air travel?
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