budget airlines Archive


Which Countries Have the Cheapest International Flights?

In the olden days when I first started backpacking around the world, we had limited information on who had the cheapest flights. The only people who really had that data were the ones doing bookings every day—the travel agents that booked those round-the-world tickets we bought to game the system. Now that


Get Creative With Flight and Hotel Options Before Hitting “Purchase”

I needed to get from central Mexico to a middling town in South Carolina, USA to go see my father. I pulled up the flight and it was nearly $800, even after moving around the dates. Did I just sigh and figure that’s the way it’s gotta be? No, I went to


The World’s Fastest-growing Budget Airlines

If you want to grow an airline quickly, don’t aim for the high-end traveler. Apparently the fast growth track is at the bottom of the spending scale. I came across this story on the world’s fastest-growing airlines in a magazine I write for regularly. It’s from January, but it turns out that


A Weekend With No Baggage Fees on Allegiant Air

One travel perk of moving to Tampa for a couple years has been a big improvement in flight options. Besides having lots of airports within a 4-hour drive if needed, one 30 minutes away is a hub for Allegiant Air. Never heard of them? I hadn’t either before moving here, but it’s


Consumers Finally Win One: Real Airfare Prices

Despite the millions airlines poured into lobbying against it, as of yesterday the U.S. Department of Transportation has mandated that all flights operating in the U.S. must display the entire airfare up front in the booking process. If an airline advertises a sale price, it must be the real total price, not