Recently I saw a Facebook post on the page of the Traveling Canucks blog with a tip about being careful when booking with discount airlines as to hidden costs for baggage etc. News of Air Australia leaving travelers stranded is a great example of why flying cheap is a bad idea.
This is another reason to be wary. The budget airline, Air Australia, ran out of gas and money, leaving thousands of passengers stranded and seeking alternative (and more costly) ways of getting home. Can you imagine the stress of trying to figure out how you’ll get back home, particularly if you are strapped for cash!
Lesson learned: sometimes it’s better to spend a bit more upfront, so that you don’t deal with hassles later.
One a side note, flying cheap is a bad idea for another reason as well: consider the lack of leg room, food or other enforcement of strict carry-on baggage rules. They don’t make for a stress-free flight, which for some can be scary for the sake of flying itself.
Have you ever experienced a flight from hell, or cancellation with no assistance from the airline? Share your airline horror stories.