March 26, 2023

Are low cost airways as low-cost as they appear?

Reply:  Sure and no.

In order that’s very useful, isn’t it?

Right here’s a current expertise.

Pushed barmy by two grounded years I made a decision to go to an airshow in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Nationwide Air Races in Reno, Nevada.

That begins with a flight into LA which native journey agent Flightcentre organized. They’d a particular cope with Fiji Airways that obtained me from Auckland, New Zealand, to LAX for $1096.  The most effective different on-line was round $2100.  So, a very good begin.

I then requested them to cost flights from LA to Knoxville and Knoxville to Reno.

$1150 they stated, flying full-service airways like United and Delta.

I’m a lot smarter than that! I can do higher than that! I checked Skyscanner and flying Allegiant, Spirit and Jet Blue via Las Vegas I may do it for round $580.

Be careful for the “gotcha”

Oh yeah?  You’d assume a combat-hardened worldwide traveller like me would know to be careful for the “gotcha” prices.  Like $50 if you happen to needed to hold something aside from a small backpack as carry-on baggage.  Not checked . . . carry-on.  Checked was $70.  And that was if you happen to purchased at reserving time.  Add it later and the costs obtained increased, as I found.

Ultimately my “low-cost” flights value me $1054. I might have been higher to go together with the full-service flights for 100 bucks extra and obtained extra leg room, a meal and a drink.

However worse was to return.

Doing a roadtrip via moonshine nation, I visited the Previous Smokey Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and acquired a jar of conventional corn moonshine.

Checking in for the flight from Knoxville to Las Vegas the safety man referred to as me apart.  Immediately I knew the issue – the jar of moonshine in my backpack. I needed to both depart it behind or put it in a bag that might be checked in.

Fairly than depart it – a silly choice because it turned out – I elected to place it in my carry-on case and test it via as maintain baggage.

“That shall be $40, sir”, stated the good man on the check-in counter.

“However I’ve already paid $40 for carry-on baggage”, says I.

“Sure, sir, however to test it in to the maintain at check-in time is an additional $40”.

In Las Vegas the identical routine.  As a substitute of carry-on it had to enter the maintain. On Spirit Airways the extra value was $79.

Given the price of the product, $132, plus $40 plus $79, an all-up value of $251 I may have purchased a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, a top-of-line scotch whisky.

So, kids, low-cost isn’t all the time truly low-cost.

All-in, my “low-cost” flights on low cost airways value me $1173, marginally greater than full-service airways.

And  the bloody moonshine tastes like an industrial solvent.  Johnnie Walker Blue it absolutely isn’t.