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Budget airlines: a guide to flying with low-cost carriers

Want to know which low cost airlines you can fly with and how to find the cheapest tickets? We've taken a no-frills approach to explaining what you can expect when flying with a budget airline.

What is a budget airline?

Budget airlines, also known as low cost airlines, no frills airlines or low cost airlines, are airlines that offer mostly low fares and which many operate on a “no frills” basis where extras such as check-in luggage, seat selection and on-board meals are charged as extras to the passengers.

There are 100s of these low cost carriers globally, however in the UK some of the best known are Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2 and Flybe.

What is the luggage allowance for budget airlines?

For many passengers looking to travel on a budget, travelling with cabin luggage can save both time and money. However, there are a variety of sizes, weights and item allowances across different airlines, making it easy for passengers to get confused.

Read our guide to cabin luggage sizes and weights to make sure you’re in the know before your next flight.

How to find the cheapest tickets?

Just knowing that budget airlines offer low prices doesn’t always mean you will find the cheapest tickets with them. Using a few different methods, you can increase your chances of finding the best low cost flights out there. Saving money can be as easy as using a different payment card, keeping an eye on your chosen ticket price, or even being flexible on your destination.

Check out our 7 secrets to finding the best low cost flights

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